The much acclaimed gospel singer wrote a book about his friend of 28 years called ‘The Whitney I Knew’ but shared that their pact meant their conversations were “a sanctuary” saying,
“Whitney knew that she could tell me anything, and it would stay right here.”
The singer spoke at his publicist’s office about the book by Worthy Publishing, written with Timothy Willard, released on Tuesday. 49 year old Winans keeps his end of the bargain by not sharing some information. He insists that he never actually witnessed Houston using drugs. He does however acknowledge that he was concerned about her substance abuse.
Winans talks carefully about her substance abuse saying,
“I talk about her use of cigarettes…I bothered her about that, and she got mad. But Whitney and I talked about drugs and s*x and everything. And some things she said will remain in that vault.”
The book does contains some revealing details. Winans paints a picture of his troubled diva friend who passed away earlier this year on February 11. He describes her as earthy, effervescent, vulnerable and fiercely protective of friends and family.
“There were 10 siblings in my family, and Whitney had relationships with all of us. At her funeral, my mom said, ‘It’s like I’m losing a daughter today.’ ”
Winans talked about how he would spend late nights chatting with Houston, causing them both to lose a lot of sleep. He fondly describes her tendency to talk while in movie theaters, even once getting in a scuffle with another movie goer who insisted that she needed to be quiet.
On a more serious note, he remembered how the showbiz industry demands and tabloids trying to cover her weighed on her.
Winans goes on to defend his friend’s ex-husband Bobby Brown. While acknowledging that he thought Brown was not the ideal partner for Houston, something he even told her before she married him, he did not believe that Brown was to blame for Houstons problems.
Talking about Brown, he said,
“He did the best he can. He wasn’t to blame for every decision Whitney made. They loved each other, though the world couldn’t understand it. I couldn’t, and I was on both their sides.”