During the years before Whitney Houston’s death, you may (or may not) have heard of the name Robyn Crawford. Robyn was her right hand girl, serving as her executive assistant at the earliest part of her career. For years, it was also rumored that Robyn was on the payroll because she was Whitney’s ‘lover.’ Wendy Williams even questioned Whitney about her relationship with Robyn during the infamous 2003 interview, bluntly asking ‘Is that your girlfriend,’ to which Whitney quickly replied, ‘…she’s a friend, GIRL!’ (Paraphrase)
Whitney had vehemently denied the rumors. During an interview with Time magazine in 1987, she said that people will always draw their own conclusions.
My mother taught me that when you stand in the truth and someone tells a lie about you, don’t fight it. I’m not with any man. I’m not in love. People see Robyn with me, and they draw their own conclusions. Anyway, whose business is it if you’re gay or like dogs? What others do shouldn’t matter. Let people talk. It doesn’t bother me because I know I’m not gay. I don’t care.
Robyn was allegedly fired after Bobby Brown came into the picture, but she’s never said anything about Whitney until now. Talk about loyalty to the end! After the break, check out an excerpt of Robyn’s letter and post your thoughts.
Oh and before anybody tries to ‘come’ for me, please take note of the words ALLEGED and RUMORED throughout the body of this post. While the relationship between the two of them may be unclear, Robyn offers a little insight that could allow people to understand Whitney a bit more clearly.
It’s so strange that she died when she did. February was her month. Her first album was released on Valentine’s Day, right around the time of the Grammys, right around the time of Clive Davis’s party. It was an orchestrated thing. She was Clive’s girl, his great discovery. And she died right before Valentine’s Day, right before the Grammys, right before Clive’s party. Of course, she was going. I don’t know if she was singing, I don’t know what kind of pressure she was putting on herself. But she was going, that’s for damned sure.
People thought they had to protect her. She hated that. And that’s what people don’t understand: She was always the one doing the driving. Someone just called and told me that the family kept Whitney from seeing her. Nobody kept Whitney from doing anything. She did what she wanted to do. When people left her or were told to leave, they could never believe that Whitney would never call them — but she never did. She was working hard to keep herself together, and I think she felt that if she admitted any feeling of sadness or weakness she would crumble. One time, back when we were young, we were out, we were partying, and I said, “Listen, I have to go. I’m tired. I can’t make it.” And she looked at me with her eyes wide and said, “I’ve got to make it.” (Read the FULL letter: HERE)
Special thanks to Nicole for the tip!