A gay rights activist says Whitney Houston was gay. She binged on drugs and alcohol because she agonized privately over living a lie in public, he claims. Even her marriage to Bobby Brown was a smokescreen to defuse rumors in the 1990s that she was gay.
Daily Mail reports Peter Tatchell, speaking to Daily Star, said: 'It’s important to tell the truth about this aspect of her life. Whitney was happiest and at her peak in the 1980s when she was with her female partner. They were so loved up and joyful together."
Holy Moly! quotes Peter Tatchell responding to questions on Twitter about how he knew Houston was gay:
Peter Tatchell: I met #Whitney Houston & her female partner in 1991. She spoke at Reach Out & Touch vigil in support of people with HIV.
Question: Her female singer partner?
Peter Tatchell: No, her love partner. She loved a woman. But could not fully accept / express those feelings. Plus church pressure.
According to Metro, Tatchell added on Facebook; "She was pressured into the Bobby Brown marriage. It was a disaster. Her life started going downhill soon afterwards. Perhaps her inability to accept and express her same-sex love contributed to her substance abuse and decline? Whitney’s death is a tragic loss of a great vocal talent."
Rumours that Houston was gay is not new. It was widely rumoured before her marriage to Bobby Brown that she had a secret lesbian relationship with her ex-assistant. Although Tatchell did not name Houston's alleged lesbian lover, it is claimed that it was Robyn Crawford.
According to Daily Mail, Houston had known Crawford since she (Houston) was 16. Crawford dropped out of Monmount College to work with the singer. Hours after Houston died, Crawford wrote a Valentine's Day-themed tribute to Houston that was published in a U.S. magazine. The tribute said: "I first met Whitney when I was 16 and knew right away she was special. Whitney was modelling and had peachy-coloured skin and didn’t look like anyone I’d ever met in New Jersey. I can’t believe that I’m never going to hug her or hear her laughter again."
Daily Mail reports that the claim that Houston was gay is backed up by her sister-in-law and her ex-body guard. Her ex-husband Bobby Brown, also reportedly hinted that their marriage was to cover up Houston's lesbian preference.
According to Bobby Brown's sister, Tina Brown: "I saw her with a woman a couple of times." Bobby, 43, also wrote in his biography, that his marriage to Houston was "doomed from the very beginning. I think we got married for all the wrong reasons. Now, I realize Whitney had a different agenda than I did when we got married. I believe her agenda was to clean up her image, while mine was to be loved and have children. The media was accusing her of having a bisexual relationship with her assistant, Robin [sic] Crawford. Since she was the American Sweetheart and all, that didn’t go too well with her image. In Whitney’s situation, the only solution was to get married and have kids. That would kill all speculation, whether it was true or not."
According to Houston's bodyguard Kevin Ammons, Robyn once slapped Whitney when she saw her flirting with men and was furious she was going to marry Brown. Ammons, according to Daily Mail, also claimed Whitney paid hush money to her ex-publicist Regina Brown, to keep her from talking about her affair with Robyn.
Whitney had responded to rumors that she was lesbian in 2000, saying: "I am a mother, not a lesbian. I am not gay."
Peter Tatchell's claims have generated angry responses. A Houston fan railed at Tatchell angrily on Twitter: "GUEST: OI @PeterTatchell, you racist f***. wanna have a smack down on racism? you decide time and place. I'll be there."
Holy Moly! also angrily attacked Tatchell's story, saying skeptically: "...any rumours that anyone has ever heard about you will resurface within 24 hours of your body going cold, and will be confirmed without a shadow of a doubt in 36...Unfortunately for poor Whitney Houston...this means that all those questions about her sexuality have popped straight back up..."
Holy Moly! quotes Houston's statement in an interview with TIME in 1987: “My mother taught me that when you stand in the truth and someone tells a lie about you, don’t fight it....People see Robyn with me, and they draw their own conclusions. Anyway, whose business is it if you’re gay or like dogs?...Let people talk. It doesn’t bother me because I know I’m not gay. I don’t care.”
The website chooses to believe Houston and seeks to cast aspersion on Tatchell, alleging that he resigned from politics after admitting he had suffered brain damage on one of his protests. Holy Moly! concludes cautiously, "Not sure what difference it makes [that Tatchell had brain damage], but we thought you might want to know anyway."