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J., where Robyn was an All-State basketball star and Whitney was a shy, aspiring singer and a favorite target of innercity bullies. They [other girls] always wanted to whip me for no reason."I didn't like to fight," she says, munching on golden fried shrimp and fruit salad. So once Robyn became my big sister, all that ended."Their friendship has continued over the years, and as Whitney pursued a singing career, Robyn became invaluable as advisor and organizer."I've had boyfriends all my life - very good-looking and very fine young men," Whitney says. But I've never been one to have five relationships at the same time. You know, I was raised as a Christian, and my mother was very strict with me as far as boys were concerned.Whitney Houston talks about the men in her life -and the rumors, lies & insults (1/1) Makini: Whitney Houston talks about the men in her life - and the rumors, lies and insults that are the high price of fame - interview by Lynn Norment Ebony / May, 1991As Whitney Houston has painfully discovered, the price of fame is high. Since 1985, she has skyrocketed from an unknown church choir and backup singer to a bona fide superstar with 32 million record sales, three multiplatinum albums and nine consecutive No. But the acclaim, fame and wealth that have made Whitney Houston a household name have been laced with biting criticism, lies, insults and rumors.One week the tabloids raise questions about her sexual preferences; the next week they say she is pregnant by Eddie Murphy, while the third week they report she is marrying star quarterback Randall Cunningham."You wake up every day with a magnifying glass over you.Someone always is looking for something - somebody, somewhere is speaking your name every five seconds of the day, whether it's positive or negative. How could I come from where I've come [from] and be rhythmless?"My success happened so quickly that when I first came out, Black people felt |she belongs to us,'" she says, still trying to understand why some Blacks lashed out at her.
So I figured that since people didn't know who I was sleeping with, they just assumed I was sleeping with Robyn."Whitney and Robyn became friends while teens in East Orange, N." she says, pointing her slender index fingers inward for emphasis."It is better to preserve yourself because nobody likes anything that's old and worn out." She laughs exuberantly.Like my friend Michael [Jackson] says, |You want our blood but you don't want our pain.'"What has hurt her deeply are allegations that she lacks rhythm and soul. "And don't say I don't have soul or what you consider to be |Blackness.' I know what my color is."They might have said, |Whitney's Danceless Nation,'" she says of the spoof. I was raised in a Black community with Black people, so that has never been a thing with me.