Brandy Reveals She Blamed Other People For Whitney Houston’s Death: It’s Natural For People To Want To Place Blame. I Placed A Lot Of Blame On A Lot Of People.
Brandy is opening up about the tragic death of her friend/music legend, Whitney Houston. In the new book titled Didn’t We Almost Have It All: In Defense of Whitney Houston by Gerrick Kennedy, with a forward by Brandy, the 42-year-old singer/actress gets candid about her relationship with Houston but also opens up about her untimely death and how that impacted her. Brandy revealed that she blamed other people for Whitney’s demise.
“It’s natural for people to want to place blame. I placed a lot of blame on a lot of people too, when it came to Whitney…We loved her so much and needed something or someone to attach blame to because it was so hard to accept that she was gone.”
Brandy explains that ultimately, only Whitney Houston herself knew what it was like to walk in her shoes. She also showed great empathy to the scrutiny and high level of pressure that Whitney faced.
“We don’t really have the right to speak on anything that she had to go through in her life. No one knows what she was running from. No one knows what she was trying to overcome. No one knows the costs that came with being Whitney Houston. That level of fame, that level of expectation, that level of pressure.”
Feb. 11 marks 10 years since the death of Whitney Houston. The “I Will Always Love You” singer died at age 48 on Feb. 11, 2012, which was Brandy’s 33rd birthday. Houston had been found unconscious in the bathtub of her Beverly Hilton hotel suite and was pronounced dead soon after. Her death came just hours before the traditional Clive Davis pre-Grammy party, at which the “I’m Every Woman” singer was expected to appear. The coroner later revealed that she had accidentally drowned, listing heart disease and cocaine use as contributing factors.
The “I Wanna Be Down” singer grew up idolizing Whitney Houston and finally got a chance to meet her during rehearsals for the 1995 Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards, which Houston hosted. Brandy recalls,
“When she embraced me, she embraced me as if she knew me. And she did know me, because of my music. … Whitney gave me her jacket to wear, and I hung out with her for the whole day. It was a dream, one of the best days of my life.”
In 1997, the pair starred in “Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella” on ABC, historically making Brandy the first black actress to portray the popularized princess character. Brandy and Whitney Houston developed a very close friendship over the years.
“Whitney could take you to so many places with just her voice..She has inspired generations of little girls all over the world to sing from their heart and guts. That was her magic, and that’s her legacy. And we’ll never see another Whitney Houston.”
Didn’t We Almost Have It All: In Defense of Whitney Houston by Gerrick Kennedy, with a forward by Brandy will be released Tuesday (Feb.1).
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