61. I’M EVERY WOMAN
Whitney Houston’s recent interview with Oprah was one of the best celeb interviews I’ve seen. It tops even the Michael Jackson one Oppie did back with the superstar in the 90s.
I loved the way how the interview was just such a candid heart-to-heart conversation between two ladies who’ve been through so much suffering and healing in their own ways.
And I also liked how Oppie mentioned how this wasn’t a comeback for Whitney but a ‘come-through’.
Whitney’s life as many know has been plagued with stains since the mid-90s thanks to her tumultuous and erratic marriage to Booby…er oopps, BOBBY Brown. 😛
And since then, it was hard, for me, and I suppose for many of her fans to stomach the fact that a goody, goody God-loving woman with ‘THE VOICE” like that would marry a man who’s had a fairly unstable background.
But according to her Diane Sawyer interview back in 1992 (yes, the one where she was the erratic one) Whitney said that she and Bob-ster had, in fact, a chemistry and attraction that went quite deep and resulted in their passionate relationship with each other.
Of course, that passion led to a strained and self-destructive path for both Whitney and Bobby as drugs, alcohol, womanising and emotional abuse came into the picture.
And after 13 years of one helluva rollercoaster marriage, Whitney admitted that she had had enough and eventually started moving the furniture and things out of her home.
The interview detailed a lot of intense moments during her turbulent marriage including an episode where Bobby even spit on her face, which shocked me because not only was that ahem, unhygienic but downright insulting. I mean how could you spit on a woman as gorgeous as her?
So as a fan, it was painful to see Whitney taking such a tumble in life as she was a great influencing figure in many of our lives whilst we were growing up. Her talent, clean-cut image and upbringing were inspiring to us at the time and a refreshing change from the trashy, bed-romping antics of Madonna. (Not that we don’t love you Maddie!) It’s just that Whitney exuded a sense of class and dignity to the whole music biz and of course, let’s not forget that voice.
Oh yes, the voice that everybody wanted to sound like. I even remember myself belting out numerous times Whitney Houston songs for my high school talent auditions and always knowing those were great songs to sing if you wanted to be a finalist. Heh-heh!
And for a while now, the fans thought that after her 2002 album, Whitney was going to be relegated to a thing of our past, a shadow of her once glorious self, lugging a whole set of emo baggage along with her.
Whitney has returned – wiser, mature, humbled and more cleaned up than she has ever been before and I am grateful: Grateful for many of the things she expressed gratitude for in her interview – which is namely, being shaken out of her misery thanks to the loving grace of God.
With the help of friends and family, namely her mother, Whitney stumbled out of the shadows into the light and what an evolution she has had to go through to make her who she is today.
Her interview blew audiences away with her head-on honesty allowing her to come to terms with her struggles, later saying to Oppie how this interview was a much needed release for her.
I couldn’t agree more.
I hope indeed this interview is a breaking of the emotional and psychological shackles for her at this point because she so deserves happiness right now.
And yes, her voice has gone a little raspy and may not be able to hit the high notes as she was once able to, but to me it’s like experiencing a nice bottle of well-aged wine.
Indeed her struggles, her foibles and her breakthroughs make her every inch the woman she sings about and we need not feel sorry for her at all because she doesn’t.
Whitney – welcome back hon and may this be the beginning of a new journey for you!