Whitney Houston was determined to turn her life and career around, while she battled with gnawing insecurity and an addictive personality that ultimately spelled doom for the 48-year-old music icon, according to two insiders.
In the days since her death Feb. 11, from what likely will be a combination of alcohol and drugs, the last days of her life are slowly being pieced together by those close to her.
They are trying to make sense of her death and how it came to be when things truly did seem to be turning around for the troubled singer and actress.
In two new interviews, Tiffanie Dixon, the singer’s long-time hair styles and Patricia Houston, her sister-in-law, offer some fresh insights into her last days.
“The handwriting was kind of on the wall. I would be kidding myself to say otherwise,” Patricia Houston tells Oprah in an interview that will air Sunday (Mar. 11) on “Oprah’s Next Chapter.”
But Houston also seemed determined to turn things around, she says. Although her European tour in support of her latest album, I Look to You, was a disaster, the collection debuted at number one on the U.S. charts with 305,000 sales. By the end of the year, it had sold more than 1 million copies.
She had also just finished filming her latest, and last, movie, “Sparkle,” based on the ’60s group The Supremes.” It will be released in August.
But Whitney was still chasing her demons. “It wasn’t about substance abuse relative to the latter days. I was afraid for other things … [her] lifestyle,” says Patricia Houston.
Indeed, leading up to the Grammy Awards Show Feb. 12, Houston was spotted out on several nights partying until the early morning hours. She looked disoriented and was sweating heavily. She was also seen drinking during the day.
Houston was reportedly seeing singer Ray J, who infamously made a sex tape with Kim Kardashian. He is 17 years her junior. The brother of singer Brandy and Houston were spotted two nights before the singer’s death at Tru nightclub, with Bobbi Kristina, according to The New York Post.
Houston was also long said to be a lesbian, but whether Patricia Houston will address that issue with Oprah remains to be seen. Oprah also interviews Bobbi Kristina, and Whitney Houston’s brother, Gary Houston.
Dixon spent the last day of Whitney’s life with her and found it unremarkable from any other day, at first. Dixon didn’t discover the singer’s body, but arrived at the room, one of the first on the scene, to see Houston sprawled on the floor.
“I did see her [on the floor],” Dixon says in a Dateline interview airing Friday night at 10 p.m. “[Bobbi Kristina] said, ‘Is everything OK with you?’ I didn’t know what to do.”
“I can’t tell her anything, ’cause I don’t know exactly what was going on; I wasn’t even thinking, really.” she said. “I was more concerned, like, please let everything be OK.”
Apparently it never entered her mind that she could be dead. “She didn’t know what was going on,” she said of Bobbi.
Check out previews of the interviews below.