Whitney Houston’s hairdresser is interviewed in the June issue of Vanity Fair, describing the last night she spent with Whitney. Tiffanie Dixon was with Whitney and her alleged boyfriend Ray J at a nightclub, where the paparazzi overwhelmed Whitney when she left. She claims they went back to her hotel room to read the Bible.
Dixon said, ”The last thing I remember her saying was ‘I just want to love and be loved. I want to love like Jesus did. Unconditionally. Her glasses were broken, but she read by holding the little single lens. She had marked pages—Exodus, Mark, and Matthew.”
Her voice coach also opened up in the article. Gary Catona said, ”Every time her voice would improve, I would stop working with her, and she would go off and do something—a concert or a tour. Her handlers’ intentions were not malicious; I just think they made some fundamental miscalculations. She blossomed. She was the most devoted student I ever had. Once, I forgot my keyboard, and she thought I had left. I went back in, and she started coming to the door with a cigarette in her hand. She hugged me, and I saw her flick the cigarette over her shoulder.”
Ray J was connected to Whitney’s former husband, Bobby Brown, as well as Karrine Steffans, Brown’s onetime girlfriend. Steffans says that one night she got a call from Ray J. She said, ”He said, ‘Is Bob still staying with you?’ I said, ‘Yeah, he’s right here.’ And Ray said, ‘Tell him I f**ked both of his chicks, you and now his wife.’ Bob’s big thing was everyone blamed him for her downfall, but when he met her she was already using drugs. He always felt very angry about that. He told me, ‘What everybody saw wasn’t the real Whitney.’ He always said her private persona—which you saw on Being Bobby Brown—was who she really was.”
Salim Akil is the director of Whitney’s upcoming movie Sparkle. He said, ”Nobody is going to be able to say anything more profound than what Whitney says herself on that screen. There’s a line in the movie where she says, ‘Hasn’t my life been enough of a cautionary tale?’ All the questions that you ask people as you do this story, I feel she answers in this movie. The answer is: ‘All the good things, all the beautiful things, that you ever thought about me are true.’ Her performance is consistent with the gifts that she gave us consistently. Isn’t that enough?”