You've got to hand it to Oprah Winfrey, she has a masterful touch when it comes to prodding uncomfortable revelations out of people. When sitting down with Whitney Houston's mom, Cissy, on Monday's Oprah's Next Chapter, she got Cissy to admit that it would have "absolutely" bothered her if Whitney was gay (Oprah rephrased it a couple times for the camera's benefit, with Cissy doggedly repeating that she wouldn't have liked it, "Not at all"). But perhaps the biggest bombshell came from Whitney's brother, Michael, when he reluctantly confirmed he was the one who introduced Whitney to drugs.
Pretty big news, considering the entire world has placed this particular burden squarely on the back of a certain Mr. Bobby Brown.
Houston's mother Cissy has authored a book called Remembering Whitney, and in it she writes about the devastation she felt when she discovered Whitney and her brother -- who were so close Whitney referred to him as her twin -- did drugs together.
In Oprah's interview, Michael really does look racked with guilt. He says,
I’m living but I’m not alive without her. I feel responsible for her. I always have. I just felt like I should have taken better care of her.
Here's the video:
Michael says the fact that he introduced cocaine to Whitney is the demon he can't shake ("Every day. Every day. It's something I got live with the rest of my life") and I can only imagine how he must feel. But the truth is, Whitney made her own choices. You can't blame Bobby Brown, Michael Houston, or anyone else for what happened to her.
Still, it's kind of a huge surprise to hear that it was her own brother who gave her her first taste of cocaine. I'm sure most people have long believed it was Brown who did that. Not that this news exonerates Brown from his many well-documented troubles, but when he spoke out after Whitney's death and said he wasn't the one who introduced her to narcotics, no one believed him. Now the public finally knows the truth -- for whatever good it does. Hopefully for Michael Houston, this revelation will help him start to heal.
Are you surprised to hear it was Whitney Houston's brother, not Bobby Brown, who first gave her cocaine?
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