Rosie O’Donnell has said she knew of Whitney Houston’s secret same-sex relationship. She told Andy Cohen on Watch What Happens Live!< that the singer was part of a secret group of famous lesbians. Rosie claims she knew Whitney and her personal assistant Robyn Crawford were a couple,
“I knew that they were together. I was friends with a lot of very athletic older lesbian women who were in the WNBA – all these basketball playing women. I knew that, I knew it for a very long time. Everyone sort of knew it. So I thought it was very surprising when Clive Davis came out and said he never discussed her being gay.
I don’t believe that for one minute.”
An explosive docu-film Whitney: Can I Be Me also claimed Whitney was dating childhood pal and assistant Robyn. According to friends the singer was bisexual, but not out to the public.
The couple first met in 1979 as teenagers at a community centre in East Orange, New Jersey. Security personnel Kevin Ammons told filmmaker Nick Broomfield,
“Robyn and Whitney were like twins. They were inseparable. They had a bond and Bobby Brown could never remove Robyn. He wanted to be the man in the relationship.”
Stylist Ellin Lavar reveals in the movie.
“I don’t think she was gay, I think she was bisexual. Robyn provided a safe place for her … in that Whitney found safety and solace.”
Whitney Houston’s former husband Bobby Brown has corroborated reports that his ex-wife had a love affair with her longtime assistant. He also claimed that if Houston had stayed with Crawford, she might never have died.
“I really feel that if Robyn was accepted into Whitney’s life, Whitney would still be alive today. She didn’t have close friends with her anymore.
We were married for 14 years. There are some things we talked about that were personal to us.”
Following her daughter’s death, Houston’s mother Cissy revealed to Oprah Winfrey that had her daughter been gay, she would have had a problem with it.
During the interview, Oprah read the section of the book where Cissy Houston wrote,
“I knew I didn’t want Robyn near my daughter and I told Nippy [the family’s pet name for Whitney] that. Cissy admitted she “didn’t really like” Crawford, saying she spoke “disrespectful”.
When Oprah asked if she would have been “bothered” if her daughter was a lesbian, she replied:
(via Pink News)