Whitney Houston. biography
Whitney Houston was born on August 9, 1963, in Newark, New Jersey, and entered the world in the footsteps of her mother Cissy Houston, cousin Dionne Warwick and godmother Aretha Franklin - all music legends. Whitney first began exploring her vocal range at the New Hope Baptist Church where her mother was the choir minister. At the age of 19, Whitney landed her big break when she was discovered by Clive Davis and signed to Artista Records.
Whitney made her nationally television performance debut on The Merv Griffin Show in 1983, prior to releasing her first album Whitney Houston in 1985. With the help of her hit singles "How Will I Know" and "Saving All My Love for You," the album remained at the top of the charts for more than fourteen weeks and earned Whitney her first Grammy for "Saving All My Love for You" in 1986.
In 1987, Whitney's follow-up album Whitney went platinum shortly after its release and resulted in a Grammy for her hit single "Greatest Love of All." Her rising success, however, was overshadowed when she married R&B singer Bobby Brown in 1992, after being engaged for three years. The relationship quickly transformed from a loving bond to a drug-infused affair, which resulted in erratic behavior readily seen at any event they showed up to.
Regardless of the off-camera drama, Whitney continued to make a name for herself with a critically-acclaimed performance in the drama The Bodyguard (1992) opposite Kevin Costner and her most famous soundtrack single to-date, a cover of Dolly Parton's 1974 hit single "I Will Always Love You." The single remained at the top of the U.S. charts for a record-breaking fourteen-week period while the film's soundtrack earned Whitney both a Grammy for Album of the Year and Record of the Year.
Though not as successful as her previous efforts, Whitney's next album My Love Is Your Love (1998) resulted in yet another Grammy. She also earned an additional Grammy for her collaboration with Mariah Carey on the single "When You Believe" off the soundtrack of the animated flick The Prince of Egypt.
Starting in the late 1990s and building up speed by the early 2000s, Whitney's personal life began causing her trouble and ultimately led to many cancelled concerts and her most famous interview to-date with Diane Sawyer in 2002, in which she emerged unhealthy looking and uttered the infamous words, "Crack is whack," in hopes of convincing the world she wasn't a drug addict.
Following the premier of Bobby Brown's reality show Being Bobby Brown in 2004, which revealed the couples deteriorating marriage filled with verbal and drug abuse, Whitney struggled to find equivalent success of her earlier years even with the release of Just Whitney. She then decided to focus on fixing her personal life and managed to divorce Brown and win custody of their daughter Bobbi Kristina Houston Brown in 2007.
In 2009, Whiney returned to the music scene with the release of her comeback album I Look To You, which reached the top of the album charts, but received a negative response on part of her voice's declining clarity.
Despite rumors that she was struggling financially, Whitney started off 2012 in a high note with a starring role in the remake of the 1976 musical Sparkle alongside Jordin Sparks and was reportedly offered a judging position on the TV singing competition show The X Factor. Her road to recovery, however, was cut short when she was found unresponsive in her Hilton hotel room on February 11, 2012 - a day before she was to perform at the Grammy Awards. According to the Los Angeles County coroner's office, the cause of death was accidental drowning with cocaine found in her system and a history of heart disease as contributing factors.
On February 18, 2012, Whitney was laid to rest at the New Hope Baptist Church in Newark, New Jersey. The world's most recognized celebrities, including Kevin Costner, Stevie Wonder, Aretha Franklin, Alicia Keys, Ray J and Bobby Brown, attended the ceremony.
Whitney Houston Husband & Dating History Timeline
March 1980 - April 1983
Whitney and comedian Eddie Murphy reportedly started dating in March 1980, and were engaged by August 9, 1982. The relationship didn't last and the two filed for divorce on April 28, 1983.
June 1985 - September 1987
NFL player Randall Cunningham and Whitney were said to have started dating in June 1985, but split ways two years later.
1988 - 1991
Rumor has it that Whitney explored her lesbian side in the 80s and 90s with Top Gun star Kelly McGillis. Whitney reportedly said that she would visit Kelly in Chicago while she was shooting the film The Babe during 1991. Kelly later admitted she was a lesbian in 2009, but admittedly denied having any connection to Whitney.
1987 - 1992
Robyn Crawford and Whitney first crossed paths when she was hired as Whitney's assistant at the age of 16. The two never admitted to the rumors with Crawford telling Time Magazine in 1987, that Houston was the "sister I never I had."
In 2009, however, blogger Daryl Deino reignited the lesbian rumor when he took to his blog and wrote, "Anybody who works in the recording industry knows about Whitney and Robyn's relationship; they barely did anything to hide it during recording sessions."
The two ultimately parted ways in 1992, when Whitney married Bobby Brown. According to sources, Whitney decided to marry Bobby in order to bypass the lesbian rumors and is said to be the main cause for her drug addiction and ultimate demise.
April 1989 - April 2007
After meeting at the 1989 Soul Train Music Awards, Whitney and bad-boy Bobby Brown began dating. Ensuing a three-year engagement, the two got hitched on July 18, 1992. The newlyweds later welcomed their daughter Bobbi Kristina Houston Brown on March 4, 1992.
Despite the new addition to their family, the two hotheads began flooding the press with their domestic fights, excessive drug use and constant run-ins with the police. As Whitney's health and career continued to decline, she finally decided to end the chaos, divorcing Bobby in 2007 and gaining full custody of Bobbi Kristina.
2010 - February 2012
R&B singer Ray J and Whitney reportedly began an on-and-off again relationship in 2010, and were immediately linked as a couple when they were photographed cuddling at Tru Nightclub on February 9, 2012. According to reports, Ray J was one of the people who discovered Whitney's lifeless body in the tub on February 11, 2012.
Following the icon's death, Ray J released the following statement:
"Over the past few days, I've tried to process the emptiness that I am experiencing. What my heart feels cannot be expressed in words," reads the statement. "Nippy, I miss you so much! You were so happy and full of love. Your smile will live in my heart forever."