New reports claim that Whitney Houston was a secret lesbian and binged on the drugs and alcohol that killed her because she was torn over living a lie.
Rumors have been circulating for 30 years Whitney Houston had had a secret relationship with her ex-assistant, but her friends have now publicly spoken about her sexuality following her death.
British-based gay rights activist Peter Tatchell even said her marriage to Bobby Brown was a smokescreen.
“It’s important to tell the truth about this aspect of her life,” Peter Tatchell told the Daily Star.
“Whitney was happiest and at her peak in the 1980’s when she was with her female partner.
“They were so loved up and joyful together. Perhaps her inability to accept and express her same-sex love contributed to her substance abuse and decline.
“She was pressured into the Bobby Brown marriage. It was a disaster. Her life started going downhill soon afterwards.”
The campaigner did not name the woman, but other sources have said it was Robyn Crawford.
They had known each other since Whitney Houston was 16 and Robyn Crawford dropped out of Monmouth College to work for the singer.
Just hours after Whitney Houston’s death, Robyn Crawford wrote a Valentine’s Day-themed tribute, which was published in a U.S. magazine.
It said: “I first met Whitney when I was 16 and knew right away she was special.
“Whitney was modeling and had peachy-colored skin and didn’t look like anyone I’d ever met in New Jersey.
“I can’t believe that I’m never going to hug her or hear her laughter again.”
The claims have also been backed up by Whitney Houston’s sister-in-law and her ex-bodyguard Kevin Ammons.
Even the singer’s former husband Bobby Brown has hinted their marriage was a cover-up for her desire for women.
Bobby Brown’s sister Tina said: “I saw her with a woman a couple of times.”
Bobby Brown, 43, wrote in his biography that the marriage was “doomed from the very beginning. I think we got married for all the wrong reasons. Now, I realize Whitney had a different agenda than I did when we got married.
“I believe her agenda was to clean up her image, while mine was to be loved and have children. The media was accusing her of having a bisexual relationship with her assistant, Robin [sic] Crawford. Since she was the American Sweetheart and all, that didn’t go too well with her image.
“In Whitney’s situation, the only solution was to get married and have kids. That would kill all speculation, whether it was true or not.”
Whitney Houston’s bodyguard wrote in his book about the star that Robyn Crawford slapped Whitney Houston when she saw her flirting with men and was furious when she vowed to marry Bobby Brown.
The bodyguard also claimed Whitney Houston paid off ex-publicist Regina Brown to keep quiet about her affair with Robyn Crawford.
Whitney Houston spoke out about the rumors in 2000, saying: “I am a mother, not a lesbian. I am not gay.”
It has also been claimed that Whitney Houston told friends she “really wanted to see Jesus” in the days before her death and claimed she had a feeling the end was near for her, according to TMZ.
The Thursday before she died Whitney Houston apparently performed Yes Jesus Loves Me at Tru nightclub in Hollywood and told one of her friends: “I’m gonna go see Jesus … I want to see Jesus.”
The next morning, hours before her death, Whitney Houston discussed a bible passage involving John the Baptist and Jesus when she flashed a big smile and said: “You know, he’s so cool … I really want to see that Jesus.”
Another source told TMZ Whitney Houston had been telling friends she “felt like her time was coming”.