Whitney Houston will have many people come to the pulpit on Saturday to tell their heartwrenching stories of friendship and closeness with her. They will all tell the stories of her life and many will not be able to continue on with their words. But, one friend has chosen to have her words printed in Esquire, so that the entire story can be heard.
Houston’s long-time assistant, Robyn Crawford, gave an interview to Tom Junod of Esquire Magazine on her life with Whitney. She covers all the bases. She details Whitney’s work ethic and spirit, her choices and strength, the very beginning of her career and her intelligence of the world she chose to live in:
“She chose the life she lived, and she chose it from the beginning. She knew the life better than anyone. Her mother was Cissy Houston, and she had been on the road with Dionne Warwick. She got her chops singing in church, and her mother said to her, “You know, you can always sing for free. You can always sing in church. You don’t have to choose the professional life.” But she chose because she’d been chosen. Some people sing just because. She was never like that. She had to put on her gear. She knew it was going to be a job and that’s how she treated it. Once she committed to something, she finished it. Not long after I met her, she said, “Stick with me, and I’ll take you around the world.” She always knew where she was headed.”
Crawford talks about the work it took for Whitney to complete The Bodyguard. It was a lot of work, but she saw it through to the end. She also mentions that Whitney’s first album came out on Valentine’s day and how surreal it is that she would pass away moments from the beginning of a massive career so many years ago.
Read Crawford’s thoughts on her dear friend here.