A new book about Whitney Houston’s troubled daughter Bobbi Kristina Brown purports that Houston’s bisexuality was real, as all the rumors speculated while the superstar was alive. The book came out just as Bobbi Kristina fell into a coma earlier this year, but since she died July 26, the book smacks even more as distasteful and inappropriate, despite its prophetic title, “Whitney & Bobbi Kristina: The Deadly Price of Fame.”
The book published by Gallery Books is written by investigative journalist Ian Halperin and details the ugly life of a poor girl caught in her famous mother’s whirlwind of celebrity and drug abuse. It’s fascinating that the daughter, like the mother, ends up being found in bathtubs. Whitney died in 2012 at the age of 48, and her daughter was found in a bathtub and fell into a coma and died at 22.
The book goes into Bobbi becoming a severe drug addict at the age of 14. Her mother knew about it, and her father, Bobby Brown didn’t do much about it. She also attempted suicide in her early teens. Neither of her parents were around very much according to the book. The book defines the young girl as kind of a wild child who was committed to a psychiatric ward against her will when she was 15 years old after trying to stab her mother. She went to rehab and tried many times to stay sober.
Whitney was hard on her daughter, according to the book. That resulted in Whitney canceling her daughter’s 18th birthday party after one of the tabloids showed her snorting what appeared to be cocaine. Then, there were questions about Whitney’s sexuality that caused Bobbi some concerns. Rumors about Whitney being bisexual have persisted since 1985, and at one point she was linked to some famous actresses. But, she always had been with men, too.
The book claims Whitney had been romantically linked to Robyn Crawford, her longtime friend from New Jersey whom she knew since childhood. Robyn became her personal assistant and later her creative director. Despite many reports of their affair and their relationship, both women publican denied the accusations to the press. Robyn is openly gay.
The new book comes across as somewhat mean spirited and accusatory, especially toward the absentee parents. Of course, Whitney is unable to defend herself, and Bobby has particularly ignored speculation in media and shrugged off any blame. Whitney’s supposed issues with her sexuality kept her from functioning as an appropriate parent, according to the book. The inability to come to grips with her own sexuality, and her refusal to be open about it in public, led to more confusion and drug addiction for Whitney.
The book also claims that the bisexual relationship that Whitney had was long before she was married to Bobby Brown. At one point, a blackmailer tried to get $250,000 when threatening to go public about her bisexuality at the premiere of Whitney’s movie with Kevin Costner, “The Bodyguard.” It’s not clear in the book if the money was ever paid, but there are many hints and speculations. Without comment, the book talks about how Robyn received the gift of a black Porsche on the evening of Whitney’s wedding to Bobby Brown.
Whitney’s mother Cissy has said she would never have been accepting of her daughter’s bisexuality, and she didn’t believe the reports that have come out since the book was published. Bobby Brown told the author that Whitney decided to marry to hide her bisexuality. And, one of Whitney’s best friends, whom she appeared at the Grammys with, was Clive Davis, who came out as bisexual in his own biography last year.
The book made it into the New York Times best-sellers list, and has not been disputed by too many of the people mentioned in the book. Halperin, the author, has also penned other scandalous books of tragic figures such as “Unmasked: The Final Years of Michael Jackson” and “Love & Death: The Murder of Kurt Cobain.” He has also directed and produced several films, including the highly acclaimed documentaries “Gone Too Soon,” “Chasing Gaga,” and “The Cobain Case.”
“The media was accusing her of having a bisexual relationship with her assistant. In Whitney’s situation, the only solution was to get married and have kids,” Brown is quoted in the book as saying.