Houston performing at Welcome Home Heroes with Whitney Houston in 1991
|Born||Whitney Elizabeth Houston
(1963-08-09)August 9, 1963
Newark, New Jersey, U.S.
|Died||February 11, 2012(2012-02-11) (aged 48)
Beverly Hills, California, U.S.
|Cause of death||Drowning due to drug intoxication|
|Resting place||Fairview Cemetery
Westfield, New Jersey, U.S.
|Education||Mount Saint Dominic Academy|
|Spouse(s)||Bobby Brown (m. 1992; div. 2007)|
|Children||Bobbi Kristina Brown|
|Parent(s)||John Russell Houston, Jr.
Gary Garland (half-brother)
Being around people like Aretha Franklin and Gladys Knight, Dionne Warwick and Roberta Flack, all these greats, I was taught to listen and observe.
I’m not crazy about arenas just because I can sell them out. It doesn’t do anything for my ego at all. I want to play places where people don’t have to sit in the nosebleed seats and wonder what the hell is going on.
I’m older, I’m matured… I’m looking forward to the years to come. Good years.
I almost wish I could be more exciting, that I could match what is happening out there to me.
You can fool people. You can fool anybody anytime of the day, but you can’t fool yourself. At night, when you go home, you’ve got to be straight up with you.
My mother was the first singer I had contact with. She sang constantly to us around the house, in church.
When I decided to be a singer, my mother warned me I’d be alone a lot. Basically we all are. Loneliness comes with life.
I’ve always been a thin girl. I’m not going to be fat, ever. Let’s get that straight. Whitney is not going to be fat, ever. Okay?
I’m just fiercely protective. It’s like, that’s my lair and nobody messes with my lair.
I wanted to be a teacher. I love children, so I wanted to deal with children. Then I wanted to be a veterinarian. But by the age of ten or eleven, when I opened my mouth and said, ‘Oh, God, what’s this?’ I kind of knew teaching and being a veterinarian were gonna have to wait.
I’m the kind of person, if, if I have a day that is nerve-wracking, or my week has been bad or something’s going down, I won’t eat. Some people eat, I don’t eat. And it shows in my physical frame.
I like being a woman, even in a man’s world. After all, men can’t wear dresses, but we can wear the pants.
From the beginning, the camera and I were great friends. It loves me, and I love it.
My mother taught me that when you stand in the truth and someone tells a lie about you, don’t fight it.
I finally faced the fact that it isn’t a crime not having friends. Being alone means you have fewer problems.
In grammar school some of the girls had problems with me. My face was too light. My hair was too long. It was the black-consciousness period, and I felt really bad.
I’ve turned down a lot of arena dates because I’ve done the big-arena thing. Now, I want to do something where people can feel me and I can feel them.
I’ve got some good saints out there – that’s right – that pray for me constantly. You’ve gotta have that! You do.
I believe that children are our future. Teach them well and let them lead the way. Show them all the beauty they possess inside.
I have a mother that’s very strong and family that surround me and constantly tell me they love me.
When I decided to be a singer, my mother warned me I’d be alone a lot. Basically we all are.
God gave me a voice to sing with, and when you have that, what other gimmick is there?
I decided long ago never to walk in anyone’s shadow; if I fail, or if I succeed at least I did as I believe.
When I heard Aretha, I could feel her emotional delivery so clearly. It came from down deep within. That’s what I wanted to do.
I would stay in my room for days, for days at times, just trying to get it together, to know what my next phase was going to be.