Practically 23 years after its debut, “Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella” is remembered for its numerous casting in addition to having been a showcase for Houston, who died in 2012 at age 48. The six-time Grammy winner’s well-documented dependancy struggles, nonetheless, practically eclipsed the film’s fall 1997 launch, when she abruptly backed out of an look on “The Rosie O’Donnell Show” simply 45 minutes earlier than her interview was set to air dwell.
Showing on the “Hot Takes & Deep Dives” podcast this week, O’Donnell seemed again on the incident, noting that Houston’s pal and purported girlfriend, Robyn Crawford, noticed it as a turning level for the star.
Houston “was, at that time, really in a downward spiral with drugs, and it was obvious to anyone who was watching her,” O’Donnell advised host Jess Rothschild in an interview that aired Monday. “And Robyn, who was her partner for a while, she had written me and told me that was a very big day for them ― the crew around her ― to think that they had to make inroads to try to help her, and sadly, they didn’t. Or couldn’t.”
Throughout her lifetime, Houston was dogged by media hypothesis over her sexuality. Former husband Bobby Brown, nonetheless, wrote in his 2016 autobiography that he knew his spouse was bisexual. These claims have been corroborated by Crawford herself in 2019’s “A Song for You: My Life with Whitney Houston,” by which she revealed that she’d been in a relationship with “The Bodyguard” star within the early Nineteen Eighties. Houston, she mentioned, known as off the romance after she signed with Arista Information in 1983, however the pair remained confidantes.
In her chat with Rothschild, O’Donnell mentioned she met Crawford at a celebration in New York, the place it was understood she was Houston’s girlfriend.
“Whitney was troubled by, I think, the gay part of her life and didn’t want it exposed,” O’Donnell mentioned. “I think that there was a lot of conflict about that.”
O’Donnell shared her ideas on Houston in a wide-ranging interview that additionally delved into her experiences on “The Rosie O’Donnell Show” and “The View,” and touched on her longtime friendship with Madonna, with whom she co-starred in 1992’s “A League of Their Own.”
She’ll resume her performing profession later this yr in Season 2 of Showtime’s “The L Word: Generation Q,” by which she performs the fiancée of Tina Kennard (Laurel Holloman).
“It allows me to look through all my self-esteem issues,” O’Donnell mentioned of the position. “And when they find out that I have some 12-step stuff going on, and I’ve got some demons in my past, and not taking care of myself, weight stuff. … So they put it all in there and I’m grabbing it by both horns.”
Rothschild, who is predicated in New York, launched “Hot Takes & Deep Dives” in 2019. The purpose of the podcast, she mentioned, is to discover “the nostalgia of how it felt to watch reality TV when LGBTQ representation was not yet mainstream.” Future friends embrace Mohammed Bilal of MTV’s “The Real World: San Francisco” and pop songwriter Kara DioGuardi, who has labored with Britney Spears and Pink, amongst others.
“My goal is for listeners to reconnect and bond with the gay icons they idolized at one of the most significant moments in their lives,” Rothschild advised HuffPost, “and to feel like every question they have ever had has been answered!”
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