Apparently the reports yesterday about Whitney Houston‘s will were incorect. It was out-of-date.
While it was reported that Whitney’s mom, Cissy Houston, would be the wills executor, and Whitney’s sister-in-law and manager Pat Houston will be the trustee — not Whitney’s other brother Michael or his wife, Donna — that’s all wrong.
According to Forbes‘ Roger Friedman, Pat is the executor, and the trustee is Cissy — these decisions were made yesterday in Atlanta.
Still correct though, is that Whitney’s daughter Bobbi Kristina will get everything, and ex-husband Bobby Brown gets nothing.
According to Friedman, “the court action in Atlanta went smoothly, with everyone agreeing that Whitney would have wanted Pat Houston to take over as executor.”
I’ve been waiting for this! A clip has been released by Oprah Winfrey of her much-anticipated interview with Whitney Houston‘s daughter Bobbi Kristina Brown.
The interview is on an episode of Oprah’s Next Chapter, airing on OWN March 9 at 9 p.m.
In a preview clip, a teary-eyed Winfrey speaks to the “Greatest Love of All” singer’s sister-in-law and closest confidante Patricia Houston, her brother Gary Houston — and a serene Bobbi Kristina (“the love of Whitney’s life”),seen embracing Winfrey.
Here’s another Whitney Houston story that’s emerged: She and Michael Jackson‘s then-married brother Jermaine had an affair during the early 1980s — and he “carried a torch” for Whitney until she died.
According to the U.K.’s Sun newspaper, the pair had an instant attraction and kicked off a yearlong fling after Jermaine was brought in to produce tracks for Whitney and to perform duets together.
In fact, they went on double dates with Jermaine’s brother Jackie, and his then-girlfriend Paula Abdul. Michael Jackson was aware of the romance and disapproved of it.
“In those early days…he was smuggled into her hotel rooms, they worked extra late in the studio, and she even had a code name for him. She referred to him as ‘Ji,’ a friend of Whitney told the Sun. “The reason it ended was because Jermaine wouldn’t leave his wife —and Whitney was angry.”
But, like many singers, she channeled that anger into a song: Her 1985 hit “Saving All My Love For You” is about a woman involved with a married man.
Jermaine was so upset by Whitney’s death that he couldn’t bring himself to attend her funeral.
The search for who leaked the open-casket photo of Whitney Houston to The National Enquirer is over.
This comes from Carolyn Whigham, who owns and runs Whigham Funeral Home —where Whitney’s body was before the service — who revealed at a press conference Thursday that she and two local pastors are aware who the slipped the photo to the tabloid.
“It’s up to the Houston family to release the name,” said the Rev. Jethro James, pastor of Paradise Baptist Church.
Whigham demanded apologies from media that claimed or suggested that she or one of her staff were the culprit. “I want to clear my name and my funeral home,” she said.
She said that only three people saw the body: Herself, her daughter (a certified funeral director) and the funeral home’s manager. The rest of the people, she stressed, were employed by Whitney’s company Nippy, Inc., and she said these were people she had never seen before. She also said they slept at the Funeral Home.
Whitney Houston is on the cover of the March 15 issue of Rolling Stone. (Photo by Michel Comte, Corbis Outline)
A pleasant change from all the tabloid covers about Whitney Houston is this week’s issue of Rolling Stone.
Music journalist David Browne reports about Whitney’s life and career — as well as her darker moments.
But it was her dark side that confused her friends and colleagues. Gerry Griffith, who introduced Whitney to Clive Davis, told Rolling Stone, “A lot of us talked about that, and no one could come up with an answer… “Where is that rebellion coming from? It didn’t come out for a while.”
Target has pulled a greeting card from its shelves that reads, “Next time you think of dating the bad boy, consider Whitney Houston” — an obvious reference to Whitney’s ex-husband Bobby Brown.
The retail giant told the Associated Press in a statement that it’s begun “the process of removing the card.”
The statement about the card — which was on sale prior to Whitney’s Feb. 11 death — continued, “It is never our intent to offend guests with the products we offer, and we take feedback from guests very seriously.”