In her new book, Whitney Houston's close friend and alleged romantic partner, Robyn Crawford speaks up for the first time about her friend's rumored episode of molestation and says, "If that was true, I would have known about it."
Whitney Houston singing the National Anthem at the 1991 Superbowl in Tampa, Florida. | Photo: Getty Images
There were claims she fired a bodyguard who filed a report about her drug abuse. In the 2016 memoir, “Every Little Step,” her husband, Bobby Brown said they hired a nanny to take care of their daughter, Bobby Kristina while they got high in another wing of their home. In an interview in 2018, he also admitted that they both cheated on one another.
Whitney Houston and Bobbby Brown attending an event in 1996. | Photo: Getty Images
Among these stories was one alleging Whitney’s relationship with her friend and assistant-turned-creative-director Robyn Crawford was too close, prompting others to suspect it was more romantic in nature.
"We never talked about labels, like lesbian or gay," she writes in an excerpt from the book obtained by People.
For the longest time, Robyn remained mum about the issues being raised about her friend even when the press hounded her to speak up.
Robyn Crawford and Whitney Houston in 1988. | Photo: Getty Images
But finally, with the release of her new book, “A Song for You: My Life with Whitney Houston,” Robyn is reportedly laying down Whitney’s and her truth as she sees it.
"She shared everything with me about her family, as I did mine. If that was true, I would have known about it. She would have told me.”
One of the highlights of the book is when Robyn addresses the rumor about her questionable relationship with Whitney. And as featured in People, she also admits that she was close enough to the singer to know that most of these negative stories being said about her late friend were “inaccurate.”
Robyn Crawford visiting SiriusXM Studios to promote her book, "A Song For You: My Life With Whitney Houston" in November 11, 2019. | Photo: Getty Images
“Over the years the more I would hear people talking about her career, the more it was inaccurate,” she recently told People.
“The negativity really bothered me. I came to a point where I felt I should say something. I felt an urgency to stand up and share the woman behind the incredible talent.”
Robyn and Whitney were known to be so close to a point that many suspected they were in a romantic relationship. Their friendship began as teenagers in 1980 as they worked together for the summer in New Jersey.
Whitney Houston at a 2008 Pre-Grammy party. | Photo: Getty Images
One shocking story that came to light last year as told in the documentary “Whitney” painted the singer as a victim of molestation in the hands of her cousin, DeeDee Warwick who’s also the sister of singer Dionne Warwick.
In the film, Whitney’s former makeup artist claimed the singer confided in her about this episode in her life. This story was also confirmed by Whitney’s half-brother, Gary Garland Houston.
Whitney Houston at a 2011 Pre-Grammy Gala. | Photo: Getty Images
However, Whitney’s mother, Cissy Houston denied the allegation and questioned the story’s validity considering neither her daughter nor Dee Dee was alive to confirm or refute it. Meanwhile, Dionne slammed the accusation against her sister and described it as “unfathomable.”
On her end, Robyn chose to stay silent until now. In her book, she denies the molestation account and says she would have known about it if it was true.
“Whitney loved Dee Dee. She was very close to the Warwick family. Both before all of her success — and during,” she said.
“She and I talked a lot about our families. She shared everything with me about her family, as I did mine. If that was true, I would have known about it. She would have told me.”
Whitney Houston performing during the 2009 American Music Awards show. | Photo: Getty Images
Robyn and Whitney were known to be so close to a point that many suspected they were in a romantic relationship. Their friendship began as teenagers in 1980 as they worked together for the summer in New Jersey. Through the years, their closeness led people to suspect that their friendship turned romantic until they became estranged in 2000. Following Whitney's death, there were stories from people close to them affirming Whitney's bisexuality.
In 2017, testimony from Whitney's former bodyguard was featured in the documentary, "Whitney: Can I Be Me." Here the bodyguard alleged that Bobby and Robyn would engage in physical fights over Whitney. Eventually, the singer sided with her husband and this led to Robyn's banishment from Whitney's inner circle.
Fans of Whitney can expect more powerful insights from Robyn in her new book as she finally opens up about their complicated relationship. "We never talked about labels, like lesbian or gay," she writes in an excerpt from the book obtained by People. Robyn also details how their friendship turned physical and described the first time they kissed.
Robyn's book is already gaining momentum for the new truths she shares in it. It is her hope that through her memoir, people will appreciate Whitney for the person she essentially was, a strong woman with great talent who made an impact on millions of people.