You know how everyone always blames Bobby Brown for Whitney Houston's downfall? Personally, I think Houston was an adult who made her own choices, but if people ARE going to play the blame game, I wonder why more fingers aren't pointed in Ray J's direction.
After all, Ray J was the guy who was dating Houston for the months preceding her death, and things have been mighty weird with him during the last couple days. First he allegedly got in a brawl with Houston's family at the Billboard Awards, to the point where Whitney's sister-in-law Pat Houston reportedly called security on him, and now he's been hospitalized.
For—say it with me—exhaustion.
Before he hooked up with Houston, Ray J was probably best known for playing the leading man role in that classic specialty art-house film known as Kim Kardashian's sex tape. He went on to "star" in VH1’s dating show called For the Love of Ray J, and hilariously, he wrote a book (released on Valentine's Day!) titled Death of the Cheating Man: What Every Woman Must Know About Men Who Stray.
Some say he was using Houston to promote his own reality show (his publicist admits he's been shopping "footage of the two of them together that appeared in the sizzle reel"), and it seems clear their relationship wasn't exactly picture-perfect: Houston reportedly nearly came to blows with Stacy Francis, a contestant on the U.S. version of The X Factor, because Francis tried to talk to Ray J at a nightclub.
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Who knows what really went on behind the scenes with Ray J and Houston, but something's obviously going on with the guy right now. Not only did he have that supposed altercation with Houston's family at the Billboard Awards, but afterwards he was discovered "extremely disoriented" in his hotel room and taken to the hospital by ambulance.
TMZ reports that Ray J was upset after the fight with Houston's family, and that in the early hours of Monday morning, he was so messed up it he couldn't get out of bed.
The official word, of course, is that he was exhausted. Oh, and dehydrated, let's not forget that one. His rep says Ray J had just returned from a 32-hour round trip to China for business and when he landed he immediately drove 4 hours to Las Vegas for the awards show, so, you know, it was jet lag! Also Ray J forgot to sleep on the plane and didn't drink anything and OH COME ON.
Isn't it funny how you never hear of, say, an endurance athlete going to the hospital for an extended treatment for exhaustion? Just celebrities. Such delicate flowers they are.
Anyway, if you ask me there's a lot that sounds pretty shady about Mr. Ray J. I mean, I'm hoping he makes a miraculous recovery and all, but I'm not sure I blame Houston's family for not wanting him around.
What do you think about this latest with Ray J? You think it's really "exhaustion"?
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