Robyn Crawford remembers the moment her long-time love Whitney Houston looked into her eyes at her wedding to Bobby Brown.
Robyn Crawford, Whitney Houston's best friend, recounted the moment the singer told her about Bobby Brown's proposal in her new memoir "A Song for You: My Life With Whitney Houston."
The two women who were friends for 30 years, nurtured a life-long love for each other, and for Robyn, seeing Whitney marry a man she believed was unsuitable was agonizing.
Crawford worked for Houston for another 8 years, witnessing her friend's growing dependence on drugs
Iconic singer Whitney Houston with husband Bobby Brown and daughter Bobby Kristina in Los Angeles in 1989/ Getty Images
“Bobby asked me to marry him and I think I’m going to do it.”
Houston asked Crawford to be one of her bridesmaids, and she accepted. And on that fateful day in 1992, as Houston handed her the bouquet at the altar, the two women exchanged a look that Crawford will never forget. She wrote:
“I was very emotional. I looked into her eyes when I took her bouquet — taking one last look.”
But the marriage was a disaster from day one. Brown was abusive and isolated her, and Crawford, who worked for Houston, witnessed it all at close quarters. She wrote:
“I saw and heard him speak to her in ways that were demeaning, and [he] talked down to her.”
A visibly inebriated Whitney Houston with husband Bobby Brown at the vh1 Save The Music foundation after-party/ Source: Getty Images
Crawford worked for Houston for another 8 years, seeing her friend's growing dependence on drugs and her abuse at her husband's hands.
In 2000, Crawford left Houston's employ, feeling she could no longer defend or protect her friend on the path she had chosen for herself.
The two drifted apart, but when Houston was at her lowest points she always reached out to her old friend.
Then on February 11, 2012, the news exploded: Whitney Houston was dead at 48, the reported cause was drowning, heart disease, and cocaine use.
Crawford has stated that with her memoir, she wants above all to bring back the lovely vibrant friend she loved. She wrote:
“I felt the need to stand up for our friendship. I have a lot of beautiful, wonderful, exciting adventures and loving, caring memories. Whitney was a beautiful friend.”
Robyn Crawford revealed in her memoir that iconic actor and comedian Eddie Murphy had called on the morning of Whitney Houston's wedding to Bobby Brown and tried to persuade her not to marry the singer. Crawford writes:
“[That day] Eddie Murphy called to say she was making a mistake but she pressed ahead.”
Crawford reveals that Houston had become infatuated with actor and comedian Eddie Murphy in 1989, and pursued him, even as she was being romanced by her future husband Bobby Brown.
Her relationship with the comedian had been over for several years, yet Murphy had cared enough to try and dissuade her from committing the mistake that would ruin her life.
Houston willfully went ahead and tied herself to a man that would drag her down into a descending spiral of drugs, domestic violence, and emotional abuse.