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Thursday
May242012

Kevin Costner Wrote Whitney Houston About Her Drug Use, Actor Says

ABC/Ida Mae Astute(NEW YORK) -- Kevin Costner and the late Whitney Houston formed a unique friendship, thanks to co-starring in the 1992 romantic thriller The Bodyguard, which became the second highest-grossing film worldwide when it was released. On Thursday's Good Morning America, Costner admitted that although Houston's family asked him to give her eulogy after her death in February, he was nervous about his remarks.

"You can't be everything to everyone and how people choose to deal with it is something I was speaking to in the room," Costner said of his funeral address. "Oprah was in the room and Diane Sawyer and all those people I wish were up there speaking instead of myself. What was I going to say?"

The 57-year-old actor and director figured out exactly what to say, crafting a heartwarming eulogy that spoke of his and Houston's similarities growing up in Baptist churches. Costner also spoke of Houston's insecurities as a public figure -- anxieties that led to her drug use.

"I saw pretty much what everybody else saw," Costner said of Houston's drug use. "I was asked a couple times by closer friends of hers to write her a note. I did. ...I don't know if she ever read them."

"She was a very important person to me," Costner declared. "The world has connected us in a way that we'll never not be."

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Tuesday
May222012

Casino Investigates Bobbi Kristina Gambling Incident

Kevin Mazur/WireImage via ABC(LAS VEGAS) -- It seems Bobbi Kristina Brown had a little too much fun over the weekend while in Las Vegas for the Billboard Music Awards’ tribute to her late mother, Whitney Houston.

TMZ.com has posted video of Bobbi Kristina gambling on a slot machine alongside her pal — and rumored boyfriend — Nick Gordon at the MGM Resort and Casino on Saturday night. The problem: you have to be 21 or older to gamble in Vegas, and she’s only 19.

According to TMZ, the casino has launched an internal investigation into the matter. TMZ notes that underage gambling is a misdemeanor offense in Nevada and is subject to punishment of up to six months in jail or a one-thousand-dollar fine.

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Monday
May212012

Whitney Houston's Final Recording Released

Sony Pictures(LOS ANGELES) -- Whitney Houston may have died in February, but she's still putting out new music.

The song, called "Celebrate," is a duet with Jordin Sparks from the upcoming remake of the film Sparkle, and was recorded just days before Houston died. The new tune, released Monday on Ryan Seacrest's website, also includes a quiet message at the end of it.

The film was supposed to be a comeback vehicle of sorts for the troubled singer. Sparkle is set for release in August.

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Saturday
May192012

New Bobby Brown Song Not About Whitney, Says Rep 

Gilbert Carrasquillo/FilmMagic(NEW YORK) -- When Bobby Brown debuted a new song titled "Don't Let Me Die" on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno Wednesday night, some media outlets assumed it was a tribute to his late ex-wife, Whitney Houston.

The reports highlighted certain lyrics, including, "I didn't realize that every breath I took was from you, you were my air." Bobby also sang, "I guess I [messed] up pretty bad, I didn't know who you were, I didn't know what we had, now I'm stuck living in the past, trying to get the pieces back, but I guess now you're gone."

However, Bobby's rep denies to E! News that the song refers to Whitney. The song reportedly was written before Whitney died in February.

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Friday
May112012

Whitney Houston’s Family to Star in Reality Show

ABC/ Ida Mae Astute(NEW YORK) -- Coming soon to a small screen near you: Whitney Houston’s family.

Lifetime announced Friday that The Houston Family Chronicles, a “docu-series” that will follow the late singer’s relatives, has been picked up.

Pat Houston, Whitney’s sister-in-law and manager, will lead the show. Her husband Gary and Whitney’s daughter, Bobbi Kristina, will also be featured. All three sat down with Oprah Winfrey in March for their first interview following Whitney’s Feb. 11 death. Whitney’s mother, Cissy, will appear on the show as well.

A press release put out by the network said the series “will follow Pat and her husband, Gary, Whitney Houston’s brother, as they take on their greatest challenge, supporting and guiding Bobbi Kristina as she faces the world alone, without the one person she relied on the most, her mother.”

The show is set to premiere later this year.

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Monday
May072012

Report: Whitney Houston’s Family Posting Guards at Singer’s Grave

Jason Merritt/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Fans were initially barred from visiting Whitney Houston’s grave in the days following her burial, and now there’s a report that the singer’s family has hired round-the-clock security to prevent thieves from trying to steal $500,000 worth of jewelry said to have been buried with the singer.

The Daily Mail reports a guard was on patrol near Houston’s grave site on Saturday at Fairview Cemetery in Westfield, N.J.  The newspaper says Houston’s family reportedly wants to deter robbers for good by encasing the singer’s casket in cement.

Houston died on Feb. 11 at the age of 48.

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Monday
Apr302012

Michael Jackson Had “Romps” with Whitney Houston? 

Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage(LONDON) -- A former bodyguard to Michael Jackson tells British tabloid The Sun the late King of Pop had a series of “romps” with Whitney Houston and even had plans to marry her.

Matt Fiddes, described as a multi-millionaire martial arts master, tells The Sun that Jackson never got over the fact he couldn’t be with Houston permanently.

Fiddes tells how Houston was a regular visitor to Jackson’s Neverland Ranch: “Whitney practically moved in to Michael’s ranch and they had a fling like any other young couple. But Michael said later he had always hoped the relationship had gone further, and I know he dreamed of marrying her.”

Fiddes alleges Jackson was impotent for years, due to a high intake of drugs and alcohol, and that he was haunted by both his baldness and his anorexia. Fiddes even alleges that Jackson was a Nazi sympathizer.

The British bodyguard is launching a legal battle to prove he is the biological father of Michael Jackson’s youngest son, Prince Michael II, aka “Blanket.”  Fiddes claims he made a sperm donation in 2001 after Jackson told him he wanted to “create an athletic child.”  Blanket was born in 2002.  Legal papers are reportedly being prepared for filing in a Los Angeles court to have DNA tests carried out to prove Fiddes' paternity claim.

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Saturday
Apr142012

Kevin Costner on Houston’s Funeral, His Song for Fallen Soldiers

Arnaldo Magnani/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- It has been almost two months since Kevin Costner eulogized his friend and co-star in “The Bodyguard” Whitney Houston, but only recently did he reveal that only after he was asked to speak at her funeral was he able to find the words to match his emotions.

“The way we work now, everyone needs to talk about it and people certainly wanted me to talk about it and I didn’t really have the words at that point,” Costner told ABC News’ Diane Sawyer. “Dionne Warwick called me and said, ‘would you speak?’And I could feel how broken she was and how tired she was, and I said that I would. I think the moment I said I would, I went ‘Oh my God. What have I just done?’ Because, that’s such a specific moment and to so many people and I’m thinking … why am I speaking? Why am I there?”

 

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In his speech, Costner remembered Houston as someone who shared the same interests and values. Both grew up in the Baptist church, a bond he said they shared over the years of their friendship.

Costner recalled Houston’s nervousness when she had to do a screen test for the role of singer Rachel Marron in the movie.

“The Whitney I knew was still wondering if I’m good enough. Am I pretty enough? Will they like me?” he said. “It was what made her great, and what caused her to stumble at the end.”

Costner told Sawyer that he was relieved when he finished speaking, but had one regret.

“I didn’t even go over to Whitney’s mom and everyone else went over and hugged her and I kind of went as quickly as I could to my wife and thought, man, I did that wrong,” he said. “I should have just gone over to Whitney’s mom. … I wish I could have done it differently. I wish I had gone over and given her a hug.”

Costner is now lending his words to another meaningful ceremony on April 14, helping dedicate a memorial in honor of the soldiers from the 11th  Aviation Command in Fort Knox, Ky., who were killed in the war on terror.

For the last seven years Costner has performed with his country band, Modern West, and their song, “The Angels Came Down,” struck a chord with military families who lost loved ones in the line of duty. Costner will be speaking at the event on Saturday where the song will be dedicated to all military families.

“While the song is about this last moment of a soldier’s life, it’s really a song for the living because if you’ve ever lost anybody or known anybody you’re clearly haunted by that last moment of wondering if your lost one was alone, if they were frightened, or you know if anyone was with my son,” Costner said. “This loss of a child, a husband, a daughter — we know that a song can’t heal that but … ‘When the Angels Came Down,’ that’s what we like to think, that when our loved one was suffering the most that angels covered them, taking away their fear, and took away the pain. And if we can live with that idea, I think we can all sleep a little better.”

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Wednesday
Apr112012

Whitney Houston’s 911 Call Released

Gabriel Olsen/FilmMagic(LOS ANGELES) -- The 911 call regarding Whitney Houston’s death was released Wednesday and reveals that Houston “wasn’t breathing” from the moment she was found in the bathroom of her hotel room at the Beverly Hills Hilton.

On the tape obtained by TMZ.com, a member of the hotel’s security team tells the 911 dispatcher that a 46-year-old female might have fallen in the bathroom and “apparently she wasn’t breathing.” The caller also says that people in the room “kept hanging up” on him and that the “person that called me was irate.”

Houston’s assistant, hairdresser, and bodyguard were in her room at the time the 911 call was made.

The call was made public on the same day that Beverly Hills police detectives officially closed the case involving the singer’s Feb. 11 death. Last week, Houston’s full autopsy report was released.

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Monday
Apr092012

Whitney Houston’s Mother Performs Easter Tribute to Daughter

Gilbert Carrasquillo/FilmMagic(NEW YORK) -- Whitney Houston’s mother, Cissy Houston, performed at an Easter celebration Sunday at the Newark, N.J., church where the late singer’s funeral was held.

According to WABC-TV in New York, Houston directed the choir at the New Hope Baptist Church and sang “He Would Not Come Down” solo, in tribute to her daughter.

She told the congregation, “I’m not myself yet. But I know the Lord is working on me.”

Whitney, who died in February, performed at the church as a child.

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