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Whitney Houston's Friend Robyn Crawford Talks the Singer's Drug Problem, Says Bobby Brown Didn't Introduce the Star to Cocaine

Joe Akins
Nov 17, 2019
03:40 A.M.
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In the wake of admitting that she had a romantic relationship with the late singer, Whitney Houston, Robyn Crawford reveals that Bobby Brown didn't introduce the singer to drugs.

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Robyn Crawford, Whitney Houston's best friend, had a sit down tell-all interview with NBC News', Craig Melvin, where she shed light on the speculation that Bobby Brown, the late singer's ex-husband, was responsible for her drug use.

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HOUSTON'S DRUG USE DIDN'T START WITH BROWN

In a 46 seconds video clip shared on Twitter by "TODAY," Crawford explained that Houston had an addiction that she was unwilling to overcome. She told Melvin after he asked when the two friends realized that the drugs had become a problem:

"I would remind Whitney that we said that the coke could not go where we were going and were already there, and we shouldn't be doing it anymore. Then I noticed that she would go ahead and do it. She was having difficulty stopping it."

Robyn Crawford and American singer Whitney Houston at an event | Photo: Getty Images

Robyn Crawford and American singer Whitney Houston at an event | Photo: Getty Images

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Melvin pointed out that in Crawford's new memoir, "A Song for You: My Life with Whitney Houston," it appears that the "Greatest Love of All" singer was already actively using drugs before meeting Brown.

The author agreed with what she wrote, noting that the late singer was overdoing her drug use and:

"You know, Bobby, he didn't introduce her to cocaine."

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HOUSTON TASTED COCAINE AT FOURTEEN

In the memoir, the author, who used to be Houston's assistant, and worked last with her as a creative director, wrote that the "Step by Step" singer used cocaine for the first time when she was fourteen.

Although the two of them did drugs together, Crawford was able to quit, while the late Grammy winner continued.

Whitney Houston at her home in suburban Atlanta  | Photo: Getty Images

Whitney Houston at her home in suburban Atlanta | Photo: Getty Images

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The two women met at a summer camp in East Orange, New Jersey, in '80, and became inseparable.

In the memoir, Crawford also cleared the air about the extent of her relationship with the "Heartbreak Hotel" singer, writing that it was physical at the beginning.

THEY WERE EVERYTHING TO EACH OTHER

In the audio version recorded by the author, she said:

"We were friends; we were lovers; we were everything to each other. We weren't falling in love. We just were."

Whitney Houston at the 2009 American Music Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live | Photo: Getty Images

Whitney Houston at the 2009 American Music Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live | Photo: Getty Images

The romantic relationship lasted until '83 when Houston signed with Arista Records and chose to focus on her career because same-sex relationship was not as accepted as it is today, especially in the African-American community.

Crawford will appear on Monday's airing of "TODAY" for her first live interview, and to shed more light on her relationship with the singer.

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