Bobby Brown has long been the person many blamed for introducing Whitney Houston to drugs. Now, almost a year after the legendary singer’s death, a man – who may have been the closest to Whitney – has stepped forward to accept that responsibility.
In his own words, Whitney’s brother – Michael Houston – explained to Oprah though ‘she [Whitney] would always tell me ‘don’t ever let anyone make you feel anyway. I’m a grown woman, and I’m gonna do what I want’, he still deals with the painful reality of being the person who introduced Whitney to crack/cocaine.
According to Michael Houston – who claims to be clean since October – he and Whitney first indulged in crack/cocaine in the 80’s. That was a time when Michael says the drug was far from being frowned upon, and was prevalent in the music business. He says it was also long before Whitney began dating Bobby Brown, and the effects of cocaine use was not yet publicly known.
Here’s what Michael Houston said to Oprah, after accepting the blame for making Whitney’s introduction to drugs:
“We were in our 20’s, we were young, on the road, we had money. It’s painful, ya know. I feel responsible for what I let go so far, ya know.
We were always, like I said, being together most of the time — and she following behind me, ya know, I told her to drive, we played together, ya know… and everything you’re doing together as you’re growing up — and then, when you get into drugs, you do that together too. And it just got out of hand, ya know, just…drugs is rough.”
Here’s what Cissy Houston penned in “Remembering Whitney”, in regards to discovering Whitney and Michael were using together:
“I was shocked, hurt and confused. I didn’t understand it then, and I still don’t.”
Today marks the release of Cissy Houston’s memoir “Remembering Whitney: My Story of Love, Loss and the Night the Music Stopped”.