Whitney Houston’s secret affair with her confidante Robyn Crawford was just a one-year teenage affair.
Clive Davis examines the secret romance between the late Whitney Houston and her best friend, Robyn Crawford.
The music mogul has claimed that Robyn and Whitney — who met in 1980 when they were summer camp counselors — had a one-year affair.
The long-rumored topic of a secret relationship has resurfaced due to its inclusion in the Whitney biopic I Wanna Dance With Somebody starring Naomi Ackie, which is released in theaters today.
Truth? Whitney Houston’s secret affair with confidante Robyn Crawford was a ‘teenage, one-year affair’ claims music mogul Clive Davis
Robyn previously confirmed the relationship with the late star herself in her 2019 memoir, claiming it was “romantic and sexual” but ended due to homophobic pressure.
In a new interview with Extra, Clive states: “They had a one-year affair in their teens.”
He added, “There have been numerous articles that…have attempted to trace her addictions to being a frustrated lesbian or never having dated a man by Bobby, all of which were completely inaccurate.”
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I know several guys I’ve dated before Bobby. I mean, I dated Jermaine Jackson for two years.
The couple met when Robyn was 16 and Whitney was 19, eventually becoming engaged to the star as her personal assistant.
Despite years of rumors — including rumors that the affair dragged on well into their adult years — neither of them confirmed their alleged romance while the star was still alive.
Robyn, 62, broke her silence about their brief romance for the first time in 2019, seven years after Houston’s sudden death at the age of 48.
Robyn and Whitney – who met in 1980 when they were both summer camp counselors – had a “one year teenage affair” (seen above in 1998)
She spoke with The TODAY Show in an interview and described the early days of their relationship, which began when they met as teenagers at summer camp in 1980.
Our friendship was a deep one. In the early part of that friendship, it was physical, Crawford told TODAY reporter Craig Melvin.
She said that no one knows the physical side of their relationship, because “it was our relationship.”
The terms of their relationship changed when Houston’s career began to take off. Crawford recounted how Whitney came to her one day in 1982, around the time she signed a record deal with Clive Davis, and said, “I don’t think we should be physical anymore.”
“The world of music was a world in which we learn,” said Crawford. “We didn’t want anything to interfere with her destination.”
When asked if she was angry with Houston’s decision, Crawford said no.
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I just felt like I wasn’t going to lose much. “I still love her as much as she loved me,” she said, adding, “We were intimate on so many levels.”
Crawford has made it clear that she is opening up about the romance after nearly four decades because she wants the world to see a fuller view of the star she knew and loved.
‘I’ve watched [Houston] She rose to the top of her game and felt compelled to share who that woman was behind all of her fame.
I never imagined going public about my life and then asking myself the question: “What does Whitney want? Do you understand, you know, now is the time?”
I asked Melvin if Crawford was worried that people would speculate that she made the story up, and she replied, ‘Some people might feel that way. I hope they don’t.
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