Comic Rosie O’Donnell has claimed the late Whitney Houston didn’t need “the gay part of her life” to come back out publicly.
Rosie O’Donnell has spoken out in regards to the tortured relationship songstress Whitney Houston had together with her sexuality.
“Whitney was troubled by, I think, the gay part of her life and didn’t want it exposed,” O’Donnell stated of the late music icon’s rumoured same-sex orientation.
In a wide-ranging dialogue on the Scorching Takes & Deep Dives podcast on Monday, O’Donnell, 59, claimed the six-time Grammy Award-winning powerhouse was “conflicted” by her conservative cultural values and much-storied bisexuality.
“It’s hard in black culture to accept gayness. It’s culturally more difficult, I think,” the brazenly homosexual actress stated of Houston – who died in a drug-related unintended drowning on the Beverly Hilton Resort in February 2012. She was 48.
“And the church … the Baptist Church weighed heavily on her,” O’Donnell added, noting the inflexible dichotomy between faith and homosexuality.
“Growing up in the church and singing gospel, (for Houston) I think that there was a lot of conflict about that.”
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O’Donnell recalled assembly the I Will At all times Love You singer and her purported girlfriend, Robyn Crawford, at a celebration in New York.
She stated that on the time, it was understood that Crawford, who was couched as Houston’s childhood pal and private assistant, was truly the megastar’s “partner”.
Crawford, 60, confirmed longstanding rumours of her hush-hush romance with the Saving All My Love For You singer in her 2019 memoir, A Tune For You: My Life With Whitney Houston.
Within the ebook, she stated the pop diva ended their love affair to maneuver ahead as platonic associates after she signed a music take care of Arista Information in 1983.
Houston later married and divorced R&B musician Bobby Brown, who confessed that he knew his spouse of 14 years was bisexual in his 2016 autobiography Each Little Step: My Story.
O’Donnell – who the I Wanna Dance With Somebody vocalist as soon as endearingly known as her “Irish sister” – went on to debate Houston’s well-documented battle with dependancy.
The Emmy Award-winning speak present host additionally spoke about Houston pulling a no-show 45 minutes earlier than the singer was to take a seat for an unique interview on her reside daytime tv program The Rosie O’Donnell Present back within the late Nineteen Nineties.
“(Houston) was, at that time, really in a downward spiral with drugs, and it was obvious to anyone who was watching her,” O’Donnell stated on the podcast.
On the time, the troubled singer was set to advertise her centrepiece portrayal of the Fairy Godmother within the 1997 tv adaptation of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella, starring Brandy Norwood.
“She didn’t show up,” O’Donnell stated of Houston’s last-minute cancellation, an infraction she attributed to the celeb’s drug use.
“So I said to her crew, ‘This is all on all of you. Because when she dies, everyone is going to ask why you didn’t do something.’”
O’Donnell stated that in a while, “Robyn 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.”
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