Explosive claims about the life of iconic singer Whitney Houston will be aired in a new documentary, Whitney: 'Can I Be Me'.
In the film, director Nick Broomfield addresses rumours that Houston was caught in a bizarre love triangle with her husband, Bobby Brown, and her best friend and assistant Robyn Crawford.
Crawford met Houston at age 16 on a summer job in New Jersey and after a long friendship became the singer’s assistant.
Broomfield told News Corp that Robyn and Bobby “were the two main relationships” in Houston’s life. The director also discussed rumours about the singer’s sexuality.
“Whether Whitney was gay was neither here nor there to me,” Broomfield said. “I know she and Robyn lived together for a long time, they had a very intimate friendship. I think there was definitely some kind of relationship there, probably a sexual relationship at one point, that might have changed at the end but there was definitely something there.”
He continued: “I think that’s why Robyn as very threatening to Bobby Brown. It encroached on his relationship with Whitney. There was this strange three-way love affair with Whitney in the middle that caused Robyn and Bobby to occasionally come to fisticuffs.”
Crawford now has a wife and two kids.
Houston’s bodyguard of seven years has also spoken out about Bobby Brown's negative influence in an interview with Radio Times.
“We brought this man out on tour and it became an additional burden,” Roberts said, referring to Brown. “Every two days there was a crate of Heineken and a bottle of Crown Royal, and every third day we were ill. If that coincided with a show, too bad, the show didn’t go on.
“This man could not come up to her level so she went down to his.”
The singer was tragically found dead in her bathtub in 2012. The coroner ruled Houston’s cause of death was drowning, contributed to by the effects of heart disease and cocaine use.
You can catch these incredible claims — and much more— in Whitney: 'Can I Be Me', screening at the Sydney Film Festival. It opens in Australia on June 15.