Whitney Houston’s tragic death remains a heartbreaking topic for music lovers around the world. But L.A. Reid’s new tell-all book is offering some fresh details on the downward spiral the legendary singer took as the result of her substance abuse issues!
Reid wrote in the book that he "didn't know at the time…that much of this change in her commitment came from her substance abuse issues.” But while watching the interview, Reid said that in “an instant” he knew Houston was in serious trouble. "In more ways than one, that interview was a difficult moment for me, one of my biggest mistakes at Arista or anywhere else," he said. He added, "I watched in shock as Diane asked Whitney about drugs and she told her she made too much money to smoke crack. I called our ace publicist, Laura Swanson, in a panic."
He said that he was completely shaken up by the interview, questioning just how much it would negatively affect Houston and the label! "What have we done?" he said he asked the label rep. "There is no good answer to that question— to this day, there still isn't." Reid went on to add that he blames himself for not protecting Houston during the chat. "The Diane Sawyer interview with Whitney was a terrible strategic mistake," he said. "I should have protected her; instead, I exposed her."
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But along with Houston's lows, Reid also highlighted some Houston's positive moments, including the secrets behind her recording season for her hit “I’m Your Baby Tonight!” According to Reid, Houston recorded the track in just 45 minutes in order to make it to a local mall before it closed. "I was blown away," he recalled. "…I had produced a lot of records by then, but I had never heard anybody sound that good. Not even close."
And he also revealed how Houston met and “fell in love” with her future husband Bobby Brown. Reid said the two met while Houston was staying at his guesthouse. But he had no clue they were dating until he overheard a phone call between the two singers. "I had no idea that these two had a relationship. I don't know what he said, but when she hung up the phone, she was giddy as a kid— happy, sparkling, excited," Reid recalled. "She was no longer just a shining superstar. Bobby made her a person."
And he added that despite their rocky years together, Houston and Brown had an amazing bond. “You never would have thought it, but when you saw them together, they fit like puzzle parts," he said. "They were R&B royalty." What do you think about the secrets L.A. shared about Whitney? Tweet us @OKMagazine or let us know in the comments section below.