Black disc jockeys have chided her for "not having soul" and being "too White," while other critics say she is "too distant" and "impersonal." She was booed at the Soul Train Music Awards, and Keenen Ivory Wayans' In Living Color spoofed "Whitney Houston's Rhythmless Nation."It's enough to drive a good Christian girl to drink, drugs or at least to cursing. Though it hurts her deeply, she handles it all with aplomb.
During a candid, wide-ranging interview in her 26th floor, north Miami Beach condo overlooking the Atlantic, she talks - and laughs - about success and the pain of fame."Picture this," she says, curling up on the plush beige sofa in her pink-accented living room.
Whitney Houston talks about the men in her life -and the rumors, lies & insults (1/1) Makini: Whitney Houston talks about the men in her life - and the rumors, lies and insults that are the high price of fame - interview by Lynn Norment Ebony / May, 1991As Whitney Houston has painfully discovered, the price of fame is high. Since 1985, she has skyrocketed from an unknown church choir and backup singer to a bona fide superstar with 32 million record sales, three multiplatinum albums and nine consecutive No. But the acclaim, fame and wealth that have made Whitney Houston a household name have been laced with biting criticism, lies, insults and rumors.
One week the tabloids raise questions about her sexual preferences; the next week they say she is pregnant by Eddie Murphy, while the third week they report she is marrying star quarterback Randall Cunningham.
"I don't make it my business to expose my relationships; it's hard enough just to keep one.
So I figured that since people didn't know who I was sleeping with, they just assumed I was sleeping with Robyn."Whitney and Robyn became friends while teens in East Orange, N.She believes that one person — Arsenio Hall — is responsible for Prince’s untimely passing.O’Connor levels this accusation (along with others) on Facebook: Two words for the DEA investigating where prince got his drugs over the decades….Most recently, the icon’s personal chef, Ray Roberts, quashed the rumors of drug addiction (prescription or otherwise) and said Prince was just not feeling well over the past few months.He suffered from stomach and throat pain, and Roberts insisted that he’d never seen a lick of drug abuse from his boss.Yet, I've gotten flak about being a pop success, but that doesn't mean that I'm White.....Pop music has never been all-White."It is a criticism that disturbs Whitney, but she is not bitter.It was felt that I was making myself more accessible to Whites, but I wasn't."Concerning the booing at the Soul Train Awards, Whitney has concluded that because she had won two Grammies, two Emmies, and 11 Ameriocan Music Awards, "They [some people in the audience] had just gotten sick of me and just didn't want me to win another award. "I don't like it and I don't appreciate it, but I just kind of write it off as ignorance."Of all the rumors, Whitney is most irked - and hurt - by allegations that she is involved in an affair with her close friend and executive assistant, Robyn Crawford."I realize that this thing has been fueled by the fact that I'm very private with my life," she says.To the media she declares: "You don't live with me every day!So how can you say that this is what I am or what I do?