The great singer Bebe Winans is just releasing a new book about his long friendship with Whitney Houston. I’m a big Bebe Winans fan, and I know he knew Whitney Houston better than anyone. She was very close to him and to his family. Bebe has a whole chapter called “Don’t Blame Bobby.” This is how it starts:
“Whitney never blamed Bobby for her troubles. Neither should we. I know Bobby. I knew him even before he and Whitney began seeing each other. Like any big brother, I had my concerns about the two of them together. You don’t want just anyone to take your sister in marriage. You set high, high, high expectations. The bar sits in the stratosphere regarding who you’re willing to let through the gate. Several of us close to Whitney felt the same way; this was no secret.
“But it’s also unfair and inaccurate for anyone to claim that Bobby ruined Whitney the moment they started hanging out. Bobby and I stood on the common ground of understanding. I respected what Bobby did in his career, as he did with me. So make no mistake, my words here are not meant to diminish Bobby in any way. I simply thought that he and Whitney were unequally yoked. I felt they would be great as friends, but not as husband and wife. Whitney knew I didn’t approve of their relationship early on, and especially their pending marriage.”
Bebe says he and Whitney had a very frank discussion before she got married about Brown’s insecurities in his career, all his other women, and his other children. His book, “The Whitney I Knew,” is fascinating. And there’s a dedicated website with pictures and videos no one’s ever seen at www.thewhitneyIknew.videos.com
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