A lot has been said about Whitney Houston’s drug abuse, before and since her untimely death.
In a 2004 interview with Sister 2 Sister Publisher Jamie Foster Brown, Whitney and her then-husband, Bobby Brown, spoke candidly about addiction and the struggles to overcome it.
Read a portion of that last recorded conversation between Jamie and Whitney and pick up the April 2012 issue of Sister 2 Sister for more.
Jamie: How did you get into detox, Whitney?
Whitney: My sister Bethy [Bobby’s blood sister], before she died, told me if you ever need help, I’m gonna give this number to you because one day you gonna need it. And I did.
Jamie: When did you call the program, before Bobby went to jail?
Whitney: It was right during that time. I just couldn’t take anymore and I was going overboard. I knew it. My mother came in there and said, “Girl, I’m not gonna go to your funeral. You gonna do something or I’m gonna do something.” And she threatened me with my daughter.
Jamie: She said she was gonna take Bobbi Kristina?
Whitney: For sure.
Bobby: I was in jail.
Whitney: That wasn’t gonna happen if he was here, but the bottom line is her tactic. It was that she was gonna [take her]. I asked her and she said, “Hell no. I wouldn’t do that to y’all. I don’t want nobody to do that to me. I wanted you to realize that it was that serious.”
Jamie: What would happen if you or Whitney would go out of the other’s life? Who in the world do you all think that you could be with?
Bobby: We discussed that the other night.
Whitney: Nobody could deal with us after each other ’cause all they would hear about is me or him.
Jamie: Kind of amazing that you all stayed together. A lot of people could not go through the turmoil that you all have. Because everything you all do is done in public.
Bobby: So it seems.
Whitney: My aunt put it best: “I don’t care what y’all did, y’all did it together. Good, bad or different, you did it together.” She called us Bogey and Bacall—Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall.
Read more of Whitney and Bobby’s 2004 interview in the April 2012 issue of Sister 2 Sister.