R&B songstress Brandy (pictured), who worked with pop-icon the late-Whitney Houston on the 1997 made-for-TV movie “Cinderella,” spoke to CNN’s Piers Morgan recently about what possibly led up to Houston’s demise. The young diva, who is still mourning the passing of her friend and mentor, alluded to the fact that Houston might not have had all of her mental faculties before that fateful day when she was found dead.
Houston, who was making a comeback, accidentally drowned in a Beverly Hilton Hotel bathtub on February 11 of causes related to chronic cocaine use, which led to heart disease. Houston had performed in concerts and was co-starring at the time in a film remake of the 70’s cult classic “Sparkle.”
Brandy revealed to Morgan that she was in the very same hotel on the night that Houston was found dead. She had been getting ready to attend a pre-Grammy Awards party hosted by world-renowned record producer and Houston’s mentor, Clive Davis. Brandy told Piers that the passing of Houston was a devastating blow to her and speculated that she believes that when the songstress lost her vocal abilities, it probably signaled a future with a calamitous end result.
“I understand what that [losing your voice] feels like,” Brandy explained. “I don’t understand to that degree, but I understand, you know, because I feel like when I don’t have my instrument, I don’t really have me. … It’s almost who you are. Of course, there’s more to you than your voice, but that’s what you use to share. That’s what you use to give. It’s your purpose. It’s what you were born to do…it probably drove her insane [when it faltered]. It probably drove her insane.”
Brandy then went on to divulge the fact that she had disconnected from Houston toward the end of her life.
“One of the things that I can’t put my mind around is where she really was, because at the end of her life, I wasn’t there,” Brandy shares. “I wasn’t around. I didn’t talk to her as much, which is one of the reasons why it was so hard for me to get over her passing, is because I felt like I wasn’t there enough for her at the end of her life. And I have no clue where she was mentally or spiritually.”