Speaking about rumors that the “I Will Always Love You” singer had a same-sex relationship with longtime friend and assistant Robyn Crawford, Brown has confirmed that the speculations are true and has revealed that he had known about the alleged romance prior to Houston’s death in 2012.
“I know,” the 47-year-old tells Us Weekly of Houston’s relationship with Crawford, 55. “We were married for 14 years. There are some things we talked about that were personal to us.”
Brown adds that he believes Houston was bisexual, saying, “I’m a man and she was attracted to me!”
Though Houston denied the allegations when she was alive, Brown insists his former lover was in denial because of her family’s strong stance against same-sex relationships. Houston’s 82-year-old mother, Cissy Houston, told Oprah Winfrey in 2013 that she would have “absolutely” had a problem with her daughter being gay.
“I really feel that if Robyn was accepted into Whitney’s life, Whitney would still be alive today,” Brown says. “She didn’t have close friends with her anymore.”
Previously, Crawford penned Houston’s obituary for Esquire, recalling that the songstress was “a loyal friend” who “looked like an angel.”
“I can’t believe that I’m never going to hug her or hear her laughter again. I loved her laughter, and that’s what I miss most, that’s what I miss already,” wrote Crawford, who first met Houston during their teen years when they worked at a community center in New Jersey. “She gave so much to so many people; I hope that she felt loved in return. She was the action, for such a long time. She’s out of the action now. I hope she can finally rest.”