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Wendy Williams
Mar 29th, 2006, 11:39 AM
Houston, you got a problem...crack!

Kin tells mag: Whitney's a half-toothless addict

BY MICHELLE CARUSO
DAILY NEWS WEST COAST BUREAU CHIEF

LOS ANGELES - Songbird Whitney Houston has become a half-toothless crack addict who hangs out in dangerous drug dens and sees "demons" in fits of dope-induced paranoia, a new report claims.

The sister-in-law of the multi-Grammy winner made the allegations as she spilled her own drug secrets to The National Enquirer in an exclusive report in its April 10 issue.

"The truth needs to come out. She won't stay off the drugs. It's every single day. It's so ugly. Everyone is so scared she is going to OD," Tina Brown, 42, told the tabloid.

Brown, the sister of Houston's bad-boy husband R&B singer Bobby Brown, admits she "did crack with Whitney" on many occasions, but the tattler says she went straight last Aug. 24.

Tina Brown says she ratted on her ex-"drug buddy" in hopes of forcing Houston, 42, to face the music and get help. "Maybe this will save her life," she said.

Lurid photos supplied by Brown, and reportedly taken in January at Houston's Georgia home, show a filthy bathroom littered with drug paraphernalia, including powder-coated spoons, garbage and debris.

The Enquirer story says Houston was regularly using drugs in early and mid-2004. "Being Bobby Brown," the Bravo network reality TV series she starred in with her husband, was reportedly filmed between January 2004 and June 2004.

The once-gorgeous, velvet-voiced crooner who wooed Kevin Costner in "The Bodyguard" now "spends her days locked in her bedroom amid piles of garbage, smoking crack, using sex toys to satisfy herself and ignoring personal hygiene," the tabloid says.

Nancy Seltzer, a spokeswoman for Houston, said she has not seen the story and could not comment on it.

The story also claims that:


Whitney hallucinates and sees "demons" when she's high. She bites and beats herself black-and-blue but blames the "Devil" for the injuries. "The Devil be hitting me," Whitney reportedly told Brown.


When Whitney's mom, Cissy, forced her to attend rehab sessions in March 2004, Tina Brown says, Whitney smoked crack on the way to the meetings and dodged the urine drug tests saying: "I'm not giving you no pee today. I don't have none right now."


Whitney allegedly loses her $6,000 set of false teeth when she's high and once appeared toothless, scaring the kids at her niece's school.


Whitney smokes as much as an "eight-ball" (1/8 of an ounce) of crack at a time, mixing it with marijuana encased in a cigar wrapper, according to Tina Brown.


In 2004, a drug dealer called Bobby Brown and ordered him to remove the paranoid and out-of-control Whitney from his crack house. "Come get your wife. I'm sick of this b----," the dealer reportedly complained.

skanky~skanketta
Mar 29th, 2006, 12:06 PM
whitney. :sad:

i dont care if you sing again, just get off this shit please.

Solitaire
Mar 29th, 2006, 12:10 PM
Bobby is the worst thing thats ever happened to Whitney.

marmite1
Mar 29th, 2006, 12:13 PM
She seriously needs to sort herself out.

Paneru
Mar 29th, 2006, 12:30 PM
Surpise, coming from
Brown's sisters. :lol:

It's amazing how these things come up systematically
and have more often just mentioning Whitney since Bobby
has been trying to get his music career back off the ground.

I don't think it's a coincidence at all.

And so many conflicting stories it's amazing.

lastest news:
20-03-06 Madonna mentions Whitney
Apparently according to a news clip, Madonna was asked by a German newspaper reporter who she thinks is this generation's fundamental female vocalist.
Madonna replied "..Whitney Houston, because she is who she is and you
can't take that away from her.." The reporter further asked her how
she felt about the persona versus the actual person. Madonna replied
and this is verbatim that she met Whitney Houston a couple of months
back and that for someone who is supposedly on drugs, she looked very
much together and in control. She further commented that it is obvious
to many of her peers that Whitney is being "systematically lynched by
the powers that be.."


One thing is for sure admist all of it,
people sure love to talk about Whitney Houston.

*JR*
Mar 29th, 2006, 12:47 PM
Wendy, she's gonna kick yo ass! :bolt:

spokenword73
Mar 29th, 2006, 01:40 PM
hater...

SelesFan70
Mar 29th, 2006, 03:10 PM
http://www.thesun.co.uk/article/0,,2-2006140354,00.html

(Remember...it's The Sun) :lol:

Aquanetta
Mar 29th, 2006, 03:37 PM
Bobby is the worst thing thats ever happened to Whitney.

How do you know that? She may have been into drugs long before she married Bobby and her handlers did a good job of hiding it from the public. Personally, I’m not attracted to Bobby in any way but I’m not quick to label him as the cause of Whitney’s downfall either.

smiler
Mar 29th, 2006, 03:41 PM
Hmm, hardly a big shock is it? :shrug: Half of me thinks it's really quite sad, and the other half thinks oh dear poor little rich girl.

Drugs distroy peoples lives, not only of the user but of family and friends, having witnessed it first hand it annoys me so much, it's a choice to take drugs or not in the first place & it's so selfish. This addiction is her fault, she started taking drugs and nobody else -just imagine what she is putting her family and friends through -if she needed help she should have got it, drugs are never the answer.

Joan Rivers
Mar 29th, 2006, 05:08 PM
http://www.thesun.co.uk/article/0,,2-2006140354,00.html

(Remember...it's The Sun) :lol:
I think The Sun took it from The Enquirer which has even worse cred. I mean, they once said I was a bitter shrew who treated staff like crap! I sued. I'm not bitter, so they got that wrong.

Whitney's a mess. Even though this is in The Enquirer, the woman is a mess there's no denying it. It's her daughter I feel sorry for. That family are all drug hounds! Whitney, Bobby, Dionne Warwick....And when was the last time any of them had a hit? And I don't mean a bong hit!

Kunal
Mar 29th, 2006, 05:14 PM
ahhh the brown family.....so dignified....

a normal day in the lifeof bobby brown

bitch where my coke at?

Whitney:coke;s at....where its always at...
and who u callin bitch...BITCH

bitch u better not be actin up ho.

Whitney: oh no u didnt

I think i did. Where the coke be at BIAAATCCCHHH

Kunal
Mar 29th, 2006, 05:17 PM
i love the bobby....

bobby brown and parasite hilton should be president and vice president!

Kart
Mar 29th, 2006, 05:57 PM
Whitney allegedly loses her $6,000 set of false teeth when she's high and once appeared toothless, scaring the kids at her niece's school.


:lol:

Whitney :sad:.

Ferosh
Mar 29th, 2006, 06:00 PM
Pictures of Whitney's Crack Den!


These are the pictures that are appearing in the Enquirer

http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b321/qax21/whitbath2.jpg
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b321/qax21/whitbath.jpg

Rocketta
Mar 29th, 2006, 06:14 PM
How do you know that? She may have been into drugs long before she married Bobby and her handlers did a good job of hiding it from the public. Personally, I’m not attracted to Bobby in any way but I’m not quick to label him as the cause of Whitney’s downfall either.

I agree. Drugs are clearly what brought them together and it's a pipe dream if people think Whitney wasn't headed down crack alley with or without Bobby in her life. :sad:

and :lol: @ the pictures....I mean it's soooooo obvious those pics were taken at Whitney's house! :silly: :p :lol:

Wigglytuff
Mar 29th, 2006, 06:21 PM
of the pictures... that could be any crack house... i need proof that thats whitney's crack house... granted i fully believe these stories i just need some proof...

harloo
Mar 29th, 2006, 06:36 PM
of the pictures... that could be any crack house... i need proof that thats whitney's crack house... granted i fully believe these stories i just need some proof...

Until I see someone produce a picture of Whitney in the crack house around such filth then I will believe it. I just don't trust the Enquirer.

harloo
Mar 29th, 2006, 06:48 PM
Bobby is the worst thing thats ever happened to Whitney.

I've always felt that way about the Bobby and Whitney union. He's a self professed bad boy who's run in's with the law and lewd behaviour during concerts are notorious.

Whitney comes from a gospel upbringing, but all she needed was a little exposure to the other side. I really feel the biggest reason she lost her way was because of Clive Davis and his A&R selling her as this all all American good girl. One can only live up to the pressure of trying to be perfect for so long. Look at what happened to Brandy.;)

Rocketta
Mar 29th, 2006, 06:49 PM
Haha, Harloo....I don't know about that gospel upbringing I mean she's got a pot smoking aunt....I bet there were a few drugs in her home before meeting Bobby. :tape:

Aquanetta
Mar 29th, 2006, 06:55 PM
I've always felt that way about the Bobby and Whitney union. He's a self professed bad boy who's run in's with the law and lewd behaviour during concerts are notorious.

Whitney comes from a gospel upbringing, but all she needed was a little exposure to the other side. I really feel the biggest reason she lost her way was because of Clive Davis and his A&R selling her as this all all American good girl. One can only live up to the pressure of trying to be perfect for so long. Look at what happened to Brandy.;)

Those preacher’s kids-types can be the most devious. I think people, her fans in particular, are having difficulty coming to terms with Whitney’s problem because of that squeaky clean image orchestrated by Clive.

harloo
Mar 29th, 2006, 06:58 PM
Haha, Harloo....I don't know about that gospel upbringing I mean she's got a pot smoking aunt....I bet there were a few drugs in her home before meeting Bobby. :tape:

Dionne loves a joint. I don't think Cissy lit up one though.:lol: :tape:

I'm not saying that Whit was completly innocent when she met him(so she might of puffed a joint or two), but she changed drastically after hooking up with Bobby. She fired her best friend of 20 years behind Bobby and surrounded herself with Yes people.

Sally Struthers
Mar 29th, 2006, 06:59 PM
Does crack make your teeth fall out? I thought that was crystal meth :lol:

Rocketta
Mar 29th, 2006, 07:02 PM
Dionne loves a joint. I don't think Cissy lit up one though.:lol: :tape:

I'm not saying that Whit was completly innocent when she met him(so she might of puffed a joint or two), but she changed drastically after hooking up with Bobby. She fired her best friend of 20 years behind Bobby and surrounded herself with Yes people.

I don't know she was kind of a slut and usually that's feuled by drugs and alcohol before she met and married Bobby...I remember Eddie Murphey and Arsenio basically talked about running a train on her. :tape:

harloo
Mar 29th, 2006, 07:06 PM
I don't know she was kind of a slut and usually that's feuled by drugs and alcohol before she met and married Bobby...I remember Eddie Murphey and Arsenio basically talked about running a train on her. :tape:

I've never heard about any rumours such as this one about Whitney. Can you tell me what article this was in? Or was it another National Enquirer expose?:tape: :lol:

Rocketta
Mar 29th, 2006, 07:10 PM
I've never heard about any rumours such as this one about Whitney. Can you tell me what article this was in? Or was it another National Enquirer expose?:tape: :lol:

:lol:

It was when Arsenio had his show and one night Eddie was on and they were talking about Whitney and then another night Whitney was on and you know how crass she can be. :tape:

harloo
Mar 29th, 2006, 07:13 PM
Those preacher’s kids-types can be the most devious. I think people, her fans in particular, are having difficulty coming to terms with Whitney’s problem because of that squeaky clean image orchestrated by Clive.

You have something against PK's Aquanetta?:p I'm a proud PK. You are correct in that SOME PK's are some of the worst, but most are outstanding citizens.

Also as a Whitney fan I have come to terms that SHE is destroying her body and beautiful voice. The image Clive tried to create for her with the long blond weave, mini skirts, and high heels is indeed a part of what caused her downfall but once she married Bobby all hell broke loose. JMO.:wavey:

Brooks.
Mar 29th, 2006, 07:47 PM
that is so depressing :sad: ... I hope it's not true... I feel bad for Whitney's daughter the most.... and if what Bobby's sister is telling the truth then why the heck is she allowing Whitney and Bobby to have custody of a child :rolleyes:

brickhousesupporter
Mar 29th, 2006, 08:45 PM
I agree. Drugs are clearly what brought them together and it's a pipe dream if people think Whitney wasn't headed down crack alley with or without Bobby in her life. :sad:

and :lol: @ the pictures....I mean it's soooooo obvious those pics were taken at Whitney's house! :silly: :p :lol:

I don't know for sure if we can say it was Whitney's house, but one thing we can say for sure that it is a black person's house.........Did you not see the pack of Newport cigarettes and the can of budweiser.....That is a dead giveaway.

AjdeNate!
Mar 29th, 2006, 08:53 PM
Whitney still has a great set of pipes...











.....crack pipes.

Cariaoke
Mar 29th, 2006, 08:59 PM
I don't know for sure if we can say it was Whitney's house, but one thing we can say for sure that it is a black person's house.........Did you not see the pack of Newport cigarettes and the can of budweiser.....That is a dead giveaway.
fuckin' dead!

Oh, lawd... if the pics had one of her wigs on the counter, I might believe it.

It's fucked up that none of these allegations surprise me.

Tratree
Mar 29th, 2006, 09:01 PM
I'd almost find this funny if it wasn't so damn sad. Whitney :sad: Someone needs to snatch her up and lock her skanky self in a padded cell until she's clean. That's just wrong :tape:

Knizzle
Mar 29th, 2006, 09:05 PM
Whitney still has a great set of pipes...











.....crack pipes.*death*

Here I was thinking Nate was saying something nice to get Whitney's back admist the bashing, but..............:haha:

jenny161185
Mar 29th, 2006, 09:08 PM
poor whitney I wish she could get help but to be honest this story doesnt surprie me just saddens me even more about her :( I also read somewhere that shes going through her multi million dollar fortune like water ...

Dana Marcy
Mar 29th, 2006, 11:40 PM
I found this on imdb and it's bittersweet watching Whitney on it because you're reminded of her enormous talent and the sadness of what has become of her. Watch if you wanna see the REAL Whitney!

Yesterday I saw Whitney Houston on Dutch television singing a duet with Liesbeth List. This was broadcasted in 1985 (!). I have the video for you: http://cgi.omroep.nl/cgi-bin/streams?/tv/avro/wintertijd/bb.20060326.asf

It's an interview with the singer Gordon, they talk about his favorite television moments. The clip with Whitney starts at 11 minutes and 50 seconds. It's so beautiful!!

Stamp Paid
Mar 29th, 2006, 11:56 PM
I don't know for sure if we can say it was Whitney's house, but one thing we can say for sure that it is a black person's house.........Did you not see the pack of Newport cigarettes and the can of budweiser.....That is a dead giveaway.

ROTFLMFAO :spit:

*you better be black*

back to ROTF.

RunDown
Mar 30th, 2006, 01:05 AM
This is both one of the funniest (using sex toys, losing her dentures, & smoking crack on the way to rehab :tape: )...and the saddest things I've ever read.

Mother_Marjorie
Mar 30th, 2006, 02:19 AM
I've always felt that way about the Bobby and Whitney union. He's a self professed bad boy who's run in's with the law and lewd behaviour during concerts are notorious.

Whitney comes from a gospel upbringing, but all she needed was a little exposure to the other side. I really feel the biggest reason she lost her way was because of Clive Davis and his A&R selling her as this all all American good girl. One can only live up to the pressure of trying to be perfect for so long. Look at what happened to Brandy.;)

Long before Whitney Houston ever met Bobby Brown, she did an interview with Rolling Stones in the EARLY '90's and just about every other word that came out of her mouth was "F" this and "F" that. Gospel upbringing my @ss.

Clive Davis and Arista Records molded her image to sell records. However, the real Whitney was bound to come out sooner or later.

LucasArg
Mar 30th, 2006, 06:06 AM
It is really sad to see her so fucked up. I saw some picture on the news today and they were devastating.:sad:

I really hope her family, her friends can help her. :hug:

ozstyl
Mar 30th, 2006, 08:13 AM
tragic

Farina Elia Fan
Mar 30th, 2006, 10:12 AM
Bobby is the worst thing thats ever happened to Whitney.



:worship:


I know she is at fault but Im sure he hasnt exactly been trying to help her off the stuff.

I would just love to here her sing one more time

McAuley
Mar 30th, 2006, 11:25 AM
I found this on imdb and it's bittersweet watching Whitney on it because you're reminded of her enormous talent and the sadness of what has become of her. Watch if you wanna see the REAL Whitney!

She looked so, erm, wholesome back then. :eek: And she did sound fantastic, btw. :)

Viktymise
Mar 30th, 2006, 03:32 PM
Are we sure this is actually true i mean it is a tabloid maybe ts partly true but exaggerated to sell more copies and Tina Brown may have exaggerated to get more money from the paper if it is true then its so sad really cause she was so pretty and talented and what a voice and now look at her :o

harloo
Mar 30th, 2006, 04:04 PM
I don't know for sure if we can say it was Whitney's house, but one thing we can say for sure that it is a black person's house.........Did you not see the pack of Newport cigarettes and the can of budweiser.....That is a dead giveaway.

:haha: :haha:

No Name Face
Mar 30th, 2006, 04:06 PM
I don't know for sure if we can say it was Whitney's house, but one thing we can say for sure that it is a black person's house.........Did you not see the pack of Newport cigarettes and the can of budweiser.....That is a dead giveaway.

LOL.
it'd be funnier if it wasn't whitney's house and they just planted those as props so we would think it's a black person's house.

harloo
Mar 30th, 2006, 04:09 PM
I found this on imdb and it's bittersweet watching Whitney on it because you're reminded of her enormous talent and the sadness of what has become of her. Watch if you wanna see the REAL Whitney!

That's a great clip. I was watching an old video of her on the American Music Awards and her voice was outstanding and she was still in good health. It's quite sad what she has become and personally I won't be suprised if she ends up being another tragic story like Billie Holiday.

:sad:

harloo
Mar 30th, 2006, 04:17 PM
Long before Whitney Houston ever met Bobby Brown, she did an interview with Rolling Stones in the EARLY '90's and just about every other word that came out of her mouth was "F" this and "F" that. Gospel upbringing my @ss.

Clive Davis and Arista Records molded her image to sell records. However, the real Whitney was bound to come out sooner or later.

I'm from a "gospel upbringing" and I cuss ocassionally. What's you point? :confused: I've found that having a religious based background has helped me in so many situations. You can leave the church but you will never forget what you were taught. :wavey:

Tratree
Mar 30th, 2006, 10:20 PM
Good Lord....it just keeps coming. At least Bobbi Kristina is being taken care of:


Whitney Houston is dirt broke according to sources. Even worse is that her daughter Bobbi Kristina is not living at home, but with Whit's brother. She has no incoming income and she has huge bills. What about Bobby? Isn't he working.

To make matters worse she's been evicted from a townhome where her name was on the lease.

A local Atlanta lawyer told me yesterday that he recently had housemates Whitney and ‘80s pop star Cherelle (real name Cheryl Week Norton) evicted from the luxury townhouse he’d rented to the latter last fall. Houston’s name was not on the lease, but the landlord says she was living there and has witnesses to back him up. Now the landlord says he’s about to sue both women for about $17,000 in back rent and about $8,000 in damages for the mess they left behind. That includes carpets and furniture ruined by burn marks and broken windows. The papers will be filed shortly, he tells me.

When the landlord went to speak to Houston about the noise and filth emanating from the townhouse, he told me the singer appeared “disheveled” and her voice was gravelly. On the plus side: “She was very pleasant.” Houston still owns a beautiful home in suburban Atlanta, but moved in with Cherelle at least temporarily last fall.

Houston and Norton, according to my sources, abandoned the befouled townhouse and moved to the Atlanta neighborhood of Buckhead. She has since returned to her Alpharetta home.

source: DListed (http://dlisted.blogspot.com/2006/03/whitney-pregnant-and-on-run.html)

Rocketta
Mar 30th, 2006, 10:22 PM
Cherelle....:haha:

That girl hasn't had a hit in like 15 years....where's her money coming from and when did her and Whitney become friends? :confused:

CondiLicious
Mar 30th, 2006, 10:23 PM
Why did she move in with Cherelle?

I predict a new "Whitney is a lesbian" story to appear in the next few days haha

Dana Marcy
Mar 30th, 2006, 11:58 PM
Harloo, Billie Holiday is a good comparison. :sad:

Cherelle....:haha:

That girl hasn't had a hit in like 15 years....where's her money coming from and when did her and Whitney become friends? :confused:

:lol: Girl she is doing those chitlin circuit plays last I heard. :tape:

tennisjunky
Mar 31st, 2006, 12:04 AM
too bad she's looked at like a joke these days, when she's obviously ill and needs treatment. i dont make jokes about her or think things like this aren't funny, it's really sad. anyone that knows any that had problems with drugs can sympathize without judgement. bobby may not be the cause, but he's sure not part of the recovery. people have always talked about whitney, i just feel bad for her, she's lost right now.

meyerpl
Mar 31st, 2006, 05:21 AM
Gee, I don't know.....if these things were true, you'd think we'd have heard something about it before now. I'm skeptical. Next, I suppose someone's going to try convincing me that something unsavory has been going on in Pee Wee Herman's personal life.

Paneru
Apr 1st, 2006, 03:35 AM
It's the SUN, so not much
more needs to be said as
far as I'm concerned.

AccessAtlanta is saying Whitney has been
meeting with her lawyers.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Whitney Houston is once again the subject of speculation after stories in UK tabloid The Sun and the stateside scandal tab National Enquirer reported the Alpharetta-dwelling diva is back on drugs. Both published a photo they say is of Houston’s bathroom filled with drug paraphernalia. The papers say the photo was provided by Tina Brown, sister of Houston’s husband, Bobby Brown.

On Thursday afternoon, CNN reporter Denise Quan rang our newsroom looking for leads.

Buzz dutifully rang Houston’s Atlanta attorney Mark Trigg and Brown’s Atlanta attorney Phaedra Parks, seeking comment. Promptly returning our voice mail message, Trigg told us he was in a meeting with Houston when we called. “The official position is no comment at this juncture,” Trigg said. Parks didn’t get back to us before press time.


http://www.accessatlanta.com/search/content/shared-


their is also word going around that Whitney & BMG are going
to be making some kind of announcement in the coming week.

Hang in there Whitney! :kiss:
http://youtube.com/watch?v=673P6jQ63ls

Tratree
Apr 1st, 2006, 06:57 AM
Oh my....I haven't seen that clip from Arsenio in years. What a great night that was. I actually saw Whitney sing that live with BeBe and CeCe at the Greek Theater in LA. It was CeCe's birthday and Whitney stood up in the middle of the crowd and surprised CeCe with "Happy Birthday". Damn, that girl could sing. Best concert I've ever been to in my life. Take 6 opened with their own special guest, Stevie Wonder.

Anyways, it's sad how Whitney sings in the second verse of "Hold Up The Light"....

Boys and girls, can't you see
what kind of friend crack can be..
Voices crying, young people dying
Don't know where to turn :sad:

harloo
Apr 1st, 2006, 09:02 AM
Dana, the whole situation is very sad. It just goes from bad to worst every day. Let's pray that it doesn't end up like Billie Holiday because that would be tragic.


Date: 2006-03-30T15:39:18



Whitney: She’s Broke, And on The Run
Thursday, March 30, 2006
By Roger Friedman


Whitney: She’s Broke, And On The Run

Troubled pop superstar Whitney Houston — once a bigger seller than Madonna — is running out of cash. Insiders tell me she is literally broke, with no current income and huge expenses. Not only that: Whitney’s life is such a dismal mess that, according to sources, her daughter, Bobbi Kristina, is living with Whitney’s brother Gary and sister-in-law, Pat, close to Houston’s home in Atlanta.

And it just keeps getting worse: A local Atlanta lawyer told me yesterday that he recently had housemates Whitney and ‘80s pop star Cherelle (real name Cheryl Week Norton) evicted from the luxury townhouse he’d rented to the latter last fall. Houston’s name was not on the lease, but the landlord says she was living there and has witnesses to back him up.

Now the landlord says he’s about to sue both women for about $17,000 in back rent and about $8,000 in damages for the mess they left behind. That includes carpets and furniture ruined by burn marks and broken windows. The papers will be filed shortly, he tells me.

When the landlord went to speak to Houston about the noise and filth emanating from the townhouse, he told me the singer appeared “disheveled” and her voice was gravelly. On the plus side: “She was very pleasant.”

Houston still owns a beautiful home in suburban Atlanta, but moved in with Cherelle at least temporarily for an extended party last fall. Houston and Norton, according to my sources, abandoned the befouled townhouse and moved to the Atlanta neighborhood of Buckhead. She has since returned to her Alpharetta home, where husband Bobby Brown has also alighted after having last been seen partying in Los Angeles. There, Brown told friends alternately that Houston was pregnant and that they were divorcing.

Sometimes -- let’s face it -- we have fun tweaking the stars. But that’s not the case with Whitney Houston. I’ve known her well since 1989. She was once a beautiful girl with the greatest voice in the world and an unlimited future. What’s happened to her in the last few years is the worst kind of show business tragedy. Friends of hers tell me they fear for her life. This is a monumental disaster for which no one wants to take responsibility.

It doesn’t help that this week Whitney was sold out by her sister-in- law, Tina Brown (not to be confused with the real Tina Brown, thanks). Tina’s brother is Houston’s often-arrested and imprisoned former pop star husband Bobby. Tina sold the most salacious stories she could muster to "The National Enquirer" and the "UK Sun" tabloid, along with pictures that suggest a horrifying saga of Whitney’s drug abuse. Her take could be as high as $200,000. There has been some suggestion that Brown, needing cash, put her up to it.

Ironies abound: First, Whitney entered rehab one year ago. Obviously, it didn’t work. And second, sources say that Whitney took care of Tina Brown’s children, said to be six in total, while she was in rehab herself. Even at her worst, Houston, friends say, has tried to keep her husband’s relatives happy.

“There are 30 members of the Brown family,” says an insider, “and they’ve all sponged off of Whitney.”

That’s the problem. Generous to a fault, Houston has now managed to spend most of her earnings taking care of her own family and Brown’s. She has two main assets: a five-acre estate in posh Mendham, N.J., assessed in 2005, according to public records at $5.6 million. In 2003, she also purchased a large home in Alpharetta, Ga., a for $1.8 million, almost all of which was borrowed.

“There’s no money,” says an insider. “She’s really broke.”

The Mendham property has become to Houston what Neverland is to Michael Jackson: a bank account against which she can draw loans. Unlike Jackson, however, Houston does not have investments like the Beatles catalog to fall back on now that she’s in trouble.

Public records show Whitney has borrowed millions of dollars and taken out many staggering mortgages in her time — enough to give Michael Jackson a run for his money.

The original Mendham home, records show, was bought in 1987 for $2.2 million; Houston borrowed $1.4 million to pay for it. In 1998, as part of a refinancing plan, she took a $6.45 million mortgage that involved buying a second home in Mendham around the corner from the first. It also appears that she bought a condominium in North Bergen, N.J., simultaneously with a $3.4 million mortgage.

In May 2003, Houston obtained a $2 million, 15-year mortgage against the Mendham house. At the same time, records show she also took out a second equity loan against the same property for $500,000. Three months later, there’s a new $700,000 mortgage for a different property.

Houston’s financial problems are simple, and they were easy to predict. She is a singer, not a songwriter. Unlike Celine Dion, Mariah Carey and Madonna, Houston does not write her own material. Or, to be more exact, she never attached her name to her hits and took a cut of the publishing. She has only five song credits on ASCAP’s Web site.

This is rare among modern singers: Almost all of them including Barbra Streisand, were smart enough to write some hits of their own. And if they didn’t, like Bette Midler and Cher, they made their stage show a central source of income. One reason Mariah Carey has not had to tour extensively is that she has her name on dozens of hits.

It’s kind of surprising that Houston fell into this trap. She’s watched both her mother, Cissy Houston, and cousin, Dionne Warwick, neither of whom wrote their own hits, tour endlessly every year and work to keep up with their expenses. You’d think she would have learned something from their experiences.

What’s evident is that through the years, Houston has had inadequate advice and counsel. Depending on just record sales to get her through bad times was a mistake. While Houston had many bestsellers, they are well in the past. Simply singing a hit record is not enough if you’re not going to save your money. The real profit in the music business comes from touring and publishing. Houston has toured very little in her career. And with no songs on her resume, she has no perennial moneymakers on which to rely, like Carey’s “Vision of Love” or Madonna’s “Like A Virgin.”

So Whitney, with dozens of dependents and no income, is indeed broke. News reports claimed she got a $100 million recording contract from Arista Records in 2001. In reality, she received a $20 million advance. Take half off from taxes, it’s $10 million. Another $2 million might come off in fees. Then deduct the costs of her 2002 flop album, “Just Whitney” — which sold just 540,000 copies — and her 2004 Christmas album, now ranked on amazon.com at 68,000. Suddenly, it’s not so much.

And that doesn’t take into account her notorious lifestyle. And I’m not talking about the first class airfare, the nice cars, clothes or jewelry. Houston has frittered away millions of dollars living on the edge and being irresponsible. Had she not entered into a spiraling down world of drug addiction, and kept recording and touring, she would be —at age 42 — a very wealthy woman with a reputation as the best singer of her generation. That none of that has come to pass is shameful.

Houston’s next big problem is going to be with Child Protective Services in Alpharetta, Ga. Even though Bobbi Kristina lives away from home, there will no doubt be a new investigation based on the "Enquirer" story. If 50 percent of the report is deemed true, Houston and Brown could easily lose their daughter for good. One wonders if that will be enough of a wake up call for the singer who once represented the best of America’s youth.

Rachel_
Apr 2nd, 2006, 02:54 PM
This is soo sad :sad:

Her poor daughter