Few people had a closer a relationship with Whitney Houston than her longtime bestie Robyn Crawford. The two immediately hit it off when they were young girls and established a friendship that lasted throughout most of Houston’s career. While a new documentary sheds more light on the romantic aspect of their relationship, Houston’s family is finally speaking out about what they really think of Crawford.
The new documentary, titled Whitney, was directed by Kevin Macdonald. The film seeks to explore Houston’s upbringing and her close relationship with Crawford. The film clearly portrays Houston and Crawford as being romantically involved, which is an issue of contention between Houston’s family and her close friends.
— Whitney Houston (@Houstonreport) July 12, 2018
One of the singer’s old friends, Nicole David, believes that Houston and Crawford engaged in a sexual relationship, though Houston’s brother says Crawford was no good.
According to People, there was a lot of tension between Houston and her family over her lesbian romance with Crawford. The documentary argues that her family was jealous and homophobic, especially as Crawford’s tight bond with Houston overshadowed all of her relationships. As far as Houston’s brother, Gary, is concerned, Crawford was a terrible influence on her life.
“Robyn was a nobody, she was an opportunist,” Gary shared in the documentary, adding that Crawford was someone he didn’t want Houston hanging around.
Although Houston’s family disliked Crawford, others saw her as a positive influence on the singer’s life. In fact, Houston’s former agent says that Crawford helped out in meetings and looked over contract details whenever Houston put out a new album.
Unfortunately for Crawford, her relationship with Houston started to go downhill as she got more and more famous.
whitney houston and robyn crawford were soulmates and that’s the tea on that
— 💫 (@robynippy) July 9, 2018
Their friendship hit a major stumbling block in 1992 when Houston tied the knot with Bobby Brown. Crawford and Brown did not get along, and Houston ultimately decided to stick with her husband. Her friendship with Crawford rapidly declined in the ‘90s, around the same time that Houston’s music career took a nose dive.
Aside from Houston’s romantic life, the new documentary also explores the rumors about how Houston was molested as a young girl. The film speculates that Dee Dee Warwick, Houston’s cousin, molested her and her brother at a young age. The trauma followed Houston all of her life and eventually led to her drug addiction.
In light of the theory, Whitney Houston’s mother, Cissy, recently broke her silence and revealed that she does not believe Warwick molested her children.