Seven years after the tragic death of pop legend Whitney Houston, her best friend Robyn Crawford has written a new memoir called A Song For You: My Life With Whitney Houston. In the book, she alleges that when their relationship began in the 1980s, it was romantic and sexual in nature.
People released an excerpt for the book, which doesn’t hit stores until November 12, and Crawford attempts to explain the changes that their relationship underwent.
Crawford explains that she and Houston met at summer camp in East Orange, NJ, when they were both teenagers — Crawford was 19 and Houston was 16.
“We wanted to be together, and that meant just us.”
Their bond developed immediately, and Crawford immediately felt protective of Houston, telling her “I’m going to look out for you.” That bond would continue for the rest of Houston’s life.
The physical part of their relationship ended early on in 1982 when Houston signed a record deal with Clive Davis at Arista, and the singer gave Crawford a slate blue Bible to break the news to her.
“She said we shouldn’t be physical anymore because it would make our journey even more difficult. She said if people find out about us, they would use this against us, and back in the ’80s that’s how it felt. I kept it safe. I found comfort in my silence.”
Whitney’s family also disapproved of their closeness, particularly her mother, gospel singer Cissy Houston.
“Whitney told me her mother said it wasn’t natural for two women to be that close, but we were that close. We never talked about labels, like lesbian or gay. We just lived our lives and I hoped it could go on that way forever.”
Ultimately, Crawford has found peace since Houston’s passing.
“Whitney knows I loved her and I know she loved me. We really meant everything to each other. We vowed to stand by each other.”
She hopes that the information in the book will help Houston’s fans find a bit of closure.
“I wanted to lift her legacy, give her respect and share the story of who she was before the fame, and in that, to embrace our friendship,. I’d come to the point where I felt the need to stand up for our friendship. And I felt an urgency to stand up and share the woman behind the incredible talent.”