Celine Dion Is Surprisingly Frank About Whitney Houston’s Death

celine dionCeline Dion called into Good Morning America to discuss her memories of Whitney Houston, and how "The Greatest Love of All" singer was an inspiration to her. It seemed like Celine was coming from a good place, that she meant well and just wanted to share her grief with everyone else, but when she started talking about what killed Whitney, things went just a smidge too far.

Celine didn't say anything that most of us weren't already thinking, buuuuuut it was just a little surprising that she went on GMA to hypothesize about the cause of Whitney's death. She told Robin Roberts:

Whitney has been an amazing inspiration for me ... It's just really unfortunate that drugs, bad people or bad influence took over. It took over her dreams. It took over her love and motherhood. When you think about Elvis Presley and Marilyn Monroe and Michael Jackson and Amy Winehouse, to get into drugs like that, for whatever reason. Is it because of the stress and bad influence? What happens when you have everything?

I don't think she's entirely out of line for implying that Whitney died of a drug overdose -- Whitney's struggled with drug abuse for years -- but I do think that it was an odd choice to do so on GMA. There's still so much to learn about what really happened to Whitney on Saturday night, and for Celine to make comments like this, no matter how lovingly they were intended to be, seems a bit pre-mature.

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It's one thing to huddle around the water cooler and talk about what you think Whitney died of, but it's another to use your celebrity status and access to say it on national TV. I don't think it's especially wrong of her, but there was something slightly off-putting about Celine's comments.

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What do you think about Celine's remarks?


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zandh... zandhmom2

I think it's awesome for someone to actually speak the truth.  Drugs kill! I wish we as a society could back off the pc wagon and actually applaud people for speaking the truth. It may sound a bit hard but if it makes one other person take a hard look at themselves and their drug use, it's worth it.

onefo... onefootcutiepie

Well since she's Celine Deon, I think it's ok. She's coming from a place that would understand where Whitney Houston is coming from. I think it was probably coming from a sobering place of how you can recongize how easily it could have been you, you know?

nonmember avatar Cynthia

I don't think she was saying she died specifically of a drug overdose, but that it's certainly possible. Whether she did or not, we'll all have to wait to learn, however I'm sure the drugs in her past played a role! You can not do any sort of drugs without some lingering affect on your body.

Leele... Leelee1008

I think that she was right to do so. She wasnt saying she was a bad person who was dumb for taking drugs. she was saying that DRUGS are a bad thing, and it takes a person over, and her life was cut way to short because of it.

nonmember avatar Shayna

Someone should also be frank about how some people's parents and/or loved ones pimp out the young stars to their father-figure managers. So many of these stars are longing for guidance and end up in inappropriate relationships with men old enough to be their grandfathers. Glass houses, Celine.

femal... femaleMIKE

She was speaking her mind.   She did imply drugs were at fault.  I don't think she said anything wrong. 

Stacey. Stacey.

Unfortunately, when you're wealthy people like to sugar coat things and justify bad behavior, all for the sake of being your friend and riding the gravy train. Good for Celine calling it like she sees it.


DebaLa DebaLa

TS: Way to create filler on an otherwise slow news day by capitalizing on someone's death. Is there a word (besides "ambulance chaser" and "parasite")? 

Melis... Melissa042807

I don't think her remarks were premature. Whether or not drugs contributed to Whitney's death, they definitely contributed to her overall decline. Why shouldn't we comment on it? 

amy7243 amy7243

I think she was saying what everyone else is thinking too.

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