What happened in the life of the pop icon?

Whitney Houston was just 22 when “Saving All My Love” became her number one hit in 1985.

She went on to have 11 iconic chart-topping songs in her career. With a total of 134 songs recorded, her beautiful voice and talent were undisputed.

But away from the public eye, her friends say Whitney struggled with insecurities and a feeling she couldn’t be herself.

“She was in this kind of box where she had to be who she wasn’t necessarily. But she had to fit that image, she had to kind of keep pushing that image,” says journalist Allison Samuels.

FRONT COVER: Part 1 of Remembering Whitney Houston

It was an image that certainly had no place for a romantic relationship with another woman. Robin Crawford was Whitney Houston’s longtime friend and rumored secret lover.

In 2019, Robyne confirmed that she was romantically involved with Whitney. The details, published in his book, A song for YweMy life with Whitney Houston.

There was more than friendship and it was really hard,” says saxophonist Kirk Whalum.

For seven years, Whalum toured with Whitney around the world. He says that in the 1980s and 1990s, people weren’t ready to accept that a star like Whitney Houston could be in a lesbian relationship.

Whalum says, “It couldn’t be, you know, there were so many reasons why it just couldn’t be and to me that’s very, very sad.”

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Samuels adds, “She came from a very religious background. Her mother, very religious, so it was absolutely taboo, this situation with Robin.”

When Bobby Brown came on the scene and Robin left, those who worked closely with Whitney said her behavior became more erratic and it was clear she was using drugs.

“You could tell the chemistry (Bobby and Whitney) was a race to the bottom, it wasn’t good,” Whalum says.

David Roberts, Houston’s bodyguard from 1988 to 1995 is the man who inspired the movie “The Bodyguard” starring Kevin Costner.

He says of Whitney, “To know her is to love her, it’s as simple as that.”

Roberts says he wrote a letter to Whitney’s reps warning them that she had a drug problem and was in desperate need of intervention.

He wrote in a letter, “She needs help. She may not recognize it, she may not understand it, but she needs help.”

Roberts says he was thanked for his later fired concerns. He was told that his services would no longer be needed.

Why would Whitney’s reps ignore the warning? Roberts has an idea.

He says, “Oh, the money is the big dollar. Everyone was relying heavily on this beautiful young lady’s voicemail.”

On February 11, 2012, the day the world learned that Whitney Houston had died in a bathtub from excessive cocaine use, a heart attack and drowning, the man who had tried to save her so years ago was overwhelmed with sadness and anger. .

“We are all at fault, we all should have done the right thing, we didn’t.”

When reminded that he tried, Roberts says, “Trying is one thing, succeeding is another. If I hadn’t failed, you’d still be listening to him sing now.”

David Roberts has written his own book titled Protecting Whitney: Memoir of a Bodyguard. Roberts exposes previously unknown aspects of the rise and fall of pop music superstar Whitney Houston.

The book is in the final stages of production.

You can watch Part 1 of FOX 11’s two-part investigation into the death of Whitney Houston in the video player below:

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