I have been anticipating this interview for a couple of weeks now, and I have to admit I was not disappointed!
The interview opened with Whitney and Oprah at the theater where her mom first revealed to Whitney that “with her voice she was going places.” Little did Whitney know that she would one day return to that place full circle.
I am really not a Oprah fan but I had to watch Whitney today, I was so hoping that she would come back head held up high and speaking with much clarification and self respect. She did! No “crack is whack,” came out today.
Whitney revealed that she reached a plateau with the money, fame and power and none of these accolades made her happy. She admitted that being discovered by Clive Davis at such a young age (19) and belonging to the world, took away her privacy and personal life. She just wanted to be a wife, a mom and a woman, who just wore jeans every day. Being on display was just too much.
Whitney said “she loved being married to Bobby Brown, because he allowed her to be herself.” I could feel that she loved her man and that love was very real and it was very passionate. Whitney recalled the first spark she felt when she met Bobby. She said the “Bobby she met was not the persona, he portrayed on stage. He was fun, he taught her how to dance.” Now I understand the moves on the video, “I wanna dance with somebody.”
Whitney said that “after the movie and soundtrack from Body Guard her marriage began to crumble. She knew that Bobby would be angered because she admitted this on television, but he lost his identity and was jealous of her fame.” Her fame was too big for their marriage, but she also admitted he tried his best to support her super stardom. It was hard being Mr. Whitney Houston.
When she talk about the positive that she knows that’s inside Bobby, she glows and this smile comes across her face that shows that she is reminiscing.
Her love for him is was made her try to down play her own fame and fortune and to up play his, no matter how little she had to work with, she tried to be Mrs. Bobby Brown.
When she spoke about the reality show she joked about not knowing really what she was signing her name onto, and how the cameras would be on her twenty four hours a day. She just wanted to support her husband. But also she admitted that she did have enough sense to sign a prenuptial before marriage.
Whitney admitted she lost herself during her marriage, and that she was determined to make the marriage work because of naysayers.
Whitney opened up about her drug use, something that had begun before the movie, The Body Guard.
Her choice of drugs were cocaine and marijuana. Bobby she said was a drinker ………..a mean drinker. She acknowledge that he did mentally abuse her, but not physically because she could handle herself, and would not allow him putting his hands on her. His emotions she admitted brought out the ugliness in her, something she regret allowing Bobbi Christina to witness.
The more famous she got, the more pain and emptiness she would feel, which would gravitate her to a heavier use of drugs. Oprah was dumbfounded as Whitney explained how she would get her high smoking a marijuana joint laced with cocaine. Not quite understanding about which is worse using a pipe to smoke cocaine or just lacing it with your marijuana joint.
However, Whitney admitted her biggest drug of all was her addiction to her husband and their passionate marriage. She loved being Mrs. Bobby Brown. She said they did everything together.
Bobby’s promiscuously brought the marriage to a end. The idea of him being with other women and came home to her , I could tell it repulsed her. Whitney was a wife who truly, “stood by her man.” She truly believed and lived her marriage vows.
After previously doing a drug stint in Atlanta at a rehab called A Hope For Women, Whitney cleaned her act up only after her mother being escorted by sheriff’s came into her home and demanded that “she get her daughter back.”
Wow, the glow in her eyes, the beautiful white teeth and smile, I feel Whitney is back. Tune in tomorrow for part II.