If you’ve ever wondered how the late legendary icon Whitney Houston got together with round-the-way bad boy Bobby Brown, actress Jackée Harry takes the credit and revealed how she did it Sunday on Bravo‘s late night talk show “Watch What Happens Live! with Andy Cohen.
Apparently, there was an after party for the 1989 film “Harlem Nights” and Harry and Houston were hanging out at the celebrity-filled shindig. Houston zeroed-in on the former New Edition member and pleaded with Harry to introduce her to Brown who had a highly celebrated solo career at the time. Brown was still riding high off his 1988 multi-platinum breakthrough album “Don’t be Cruel.” Brown at the time was a notorious womanizer and was never without a bevy of females around him. Harry, who referred to herself as “the only known hoe in the group,” not only introduced Houston to her future husband that night but to comedian Eddie Murphy as well, who also attended the party and starred in the film.
Although Houston had been romantically linked to Eddie Murphy, she actually went on to marry Bobby Brown in July 1992 after a three year courtship. The couple produced one child Bobbi Kristina. Houston and Brown had a tumultuous relationship which resulted in alleged physical abuse, drug and alcohol binges. Brown had several run-ins with the law that included jail time. After years of public battles and turmoil, the pair went their separate ways in September 2006 and Houston filed for divorce a month later. The divorce was finalized in April 2007 and Houston was granted custody of Bobbi Kristina.
When Cohen asked Harry, who is best known for her roles on the sitcoms “227” and “Sister to Sister,” if she blamed Brown for Houston’s drug use, the Emmy-winner replied that she did not. Harry also talked about the strong similarities between herself and Houston, how they both came from the ghetto and how their lives had been “accelerated” and when they tried to go back to where they came from, they no longer fit in. There was an inference that perhaps that was a problem with Houston.
Houston was found dead earlier this month at The Beverly Hilton Hotel after a member of her entourage discovered her body in the bathtub. It is believed that the six-time Grammy winner died as the result of alcohol mixed with prescription drugs.