Whitney Houston's Brother Says He Turned Her on to Drugs

Michael and mother Cissy interviewed by Oprah Monday

In an interview broadcast Monday with Oprah Winfrey, Michael Houston, older brother of late singer and Newark native Whitney Houston, admits he introduced her to hard drugs as her professional career took off in the 1980s.

Speaking on the OWN Network’s “Oprah’s Next Chapter,” Michael Houston, who appeared on the show with his mother Cissy, also dispelled the rumor that it was her husband Bobby Brown who first encouraged Whitney to try cocaine.

“I would say yeah, we did everything together,” Michael Houston replied when Winfrey asked whether he was responsible.

“I’m living but I’m not alive without her,” Houston also said.

The interview comes less than two weeks before the anniversary of Houston’s death Feb. 11, 2012 in Beverly Hills. Cocaine was later found to be a contributing factor, the Los Angeles County coroner later concluded.

Born in Newark, NJ, Houston, 48 at the time of her death, first began singing publicly in the choir at the city’s New Hope Baptist Church as a child. She later rose to international fame with hits like “The Greatest Love of All,” “I Will Always Love You,” “I Wanna Dance with Somebody” and “How Will I Know?”

john johnson January 29, 2013 at 10:11 PM
The fact that Cissy is a bigoted piece of garbage probably drove Whitney to drugs. Chidren should be taken away from bigoted parents who poison them with hate.
Jason April 29, 2013 at 11:53 AM
That family is all messed up. Bobby Brown is no saint by any stretch of the imagination. But he was stating the truth when he said Whitney was already messed up before he met her. He probably didn't help her, but that besides the point.


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