Patricia Houston, sister-in-law and manager of the late, legendary Whitney Houston, told Oprah Winfrey that drugs didn’t kill Whitney, her dreams did.
In an exclusive interview that also included Whitney’s brother, Gary, and Bobbi Kristina, Whitney’s only daughter with New Edition singer, Bobby Brown, Patricia made some interesting statements about the death of her client:
“The handwriting was kind of on the wall. I would be kidding myself to say otherwise,” Houston tells Oprah in an interview to air on OWN’s “Oprah’s Next Chapter” on March 11 at 9:00 p.m.
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When asked about the expectations that drugs would be her downfall, Patricia didn’t hold back:
“If things hadn’t changed. But things were changing, things were really changing with her — very much so. It wasn’t about substance abuse relative to the latter days. I was afraid for other things … [her] lifestyle. “I saw her chasing a dream — looking for love in all the wrong places.”
Ray J, Whitney’s on-again, off-again boyfriend since 2007, immediately comes to mind. The “Sexy Can I?” singer was rumored to be shopping around footage of he and Whitney for a reality show, reports the Daily Beast.
In her last days, Whitney was often seen in the company of Ray J in Los Angeles. Reports state that he immediately ran to Bobbi Kristina’s side after being called with the news of her mother’s death on February 11, at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California, the night before the Grammy Awards.
Though quiet in the days following her death, Ray J can be seen breaking down into tears as Whitney’s casket stops in front of his pew at her funeral and the bittersweet notes of “I Will Always Love You” filled the church. He eventually released a statement concerning their somewhat mysterious relationship:
“Over the past few days, I’ve tried to process the emptiness that I am experiencing. What my heart feels cannot be expressed in words. The world lost an icon, but I lost my close friend. Nippy, I miss you so much! You were so happy and full of love. Your smile will live in my heart forever.”
At a charity event for Brotherhood Crusade and Mothers in Action in Los Angeles, Ray J told reports that he’s still very much in mourning:
“I really miss my friend, you know. I really do. I’m still hurting. I’m able to look at life in a whole different way. I always look at my phone because I’ve got a picture of somebody that I really love and it helps me through the day.”
Whether it’s all for the cameras or not, we may never know. But all gossip and innuendo to the contrary, it seems that Whitney had at least one genuine friend around her at the end.