In the early 1990’s, Whitney Houston was a squeaky-clean mega-star with hits like “I Will Always Love You,” and a starring role in Bodyguard with Kevin Costner. Then she married Bobby Brown, began appearing in tabloid newspapers alongside drug-addiction headlines, and I lost sight of her completely. So what ever happened to Whitney Houston? Where is she these days?
[Update February 18, 2012: Whitney Houston died on February 11, 2012. To read about her tragic passing and its strange parallels to the death of her idol, Dorothy Dandridge, see: Whitney Houston and Dorothy Dandridge: Ominous Parallels in the Lives and Deaths of Two Black Divas]
Whitney Houston married singer Bobby Brown in 1992, and for a few years things seem to have gone all right. Her problems became evident in the late 1990’s when she started canceling concerts and missing media appearances. In 2000, marijuana was discovered in her luggage at an airport, but no charges were filed. Extreme weight loss also made people speculate that Houston was addicted to drugs. In a 2002 Diane Sawyer interview, Whitney Houston denied using crack but admitted to having used other drugs. She continued to release successful albums and in 2004 appeared prominently in “Being Bobby Brown,” her husband’s reality TV show. In late 2006, Houston finally divorced Bobby Brown (the divorce became final in 2007). Houston then released a new album, The Ultimate Collection, in 2007 and set off on a world tour in 2009. In September 2009, Houston appeared on the Oprah Winfrey show, and told the dismal story of her failed marriage, admitting that she and Bobby Brown had used marijuana and cocaine. [Source: Whitney_Houston – Wikipedia. Downloaded October 20, 2010 from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Whitney_Houston]
Many pundits have treated Whitney Houston’s story as a tale of drug abuse, which it clearly is, but it is also a story of the perils of marrying the wrong person. What kind of superstar would Whitney Houston be today if she had not married Bobby Brown? In 1992, she had no shortage of marriage prospects, and it still seems odd that someone with her good-girl reputation chose someone with such a bad-boy reputation.
About marriage, Richard Needham once said, “You don’t marry one person; you marry three: the person you think they are, the person they are, and the person they are going to become as a result of being married to you.” [Source: “Marriage Quotes at Great-Inspirational-Quotes.com.” Beautiful Collection of Inspirational Quotes, Poems and Short Stories for Women. N.p., n.d. Web. 19 Nov. 2010. ]. Unfortunately for Whitney Houston, Needham’s insight means that she was wrong on three counts.
“Marriage Quotes at Great-Inspirational-Quotes.com.” Beautiful Collection of Inspirational Quotes, Poems and Short Stories for Women. N.p., n.d. Web. 19 Nov. 2010. .
Whitney_Houston – Wikipedia. Downloaded October 20, 2010 from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Whitney_Houston.