A Hope For Peace Between Whitney Houston And Her Father
Over the weekend, the music world was shaken by the death of celebrated pop and R&B diva Whitney Houston on the eve of the Grammys. I still cant believe shes gone, especially after reading she was on her way to performing and recording again. A lot of speculation about Whitneys death has swirled about, and Ive largely chosen to ignore what Ive been hearing simply because I prefer to remember her as being on a triumphant comeback trail.
Whitneys mother Cissy Houston, a renowned singer in her own right, and Whitneys famous cousin Dionne Warwick were typically the only family members fans heard about. Little was ever said about Whitneys late father, John. However, I searched the Web and found that Whitney and John had a much closer relationship than what has been reported in the past. In this undated video clip
, Whitney is shown singing to her father on her birthday during a concert sometime in the 1990s. Its clear in the clip that she loved her father, although alleged legal troubles between the two became tabloid fodder.
I wont bore you with the details over owed money and estates, but rather focus on the fact that at one point, Whitneys father acted as her mentor and business manager. John even created a company, John Houston Enterprises, to help his daughter maintain her business affairs. The same firm later negotiated a record $100 million dollar, six-album deal in 2001 for Whitney, one of the largest contracts on record.
Whitney was never candid about she and her fathers relationship, but did defend her dad by saying that a $100 million dollar lawsuit in 2002 brought by John Houston Enterprises had nothing to do with him, but rather, a greedy business associate of her father. John, who suffered from diabetes and heart troubles, passed away a year later during the proceedings, and the business partner didnt win one cent.
I came across a 2002 MTV interview featuring Whitney Houstons spokesperson Nancy Seltzer that touched on the lawsuit. When I spoke to John a week and a half ago, he said, 'It's the most ridiculous thing I ever heard of. I couldn't do anything like that, and I didn't,'' Seltzer said. ''It's sad. It's two people who love each other who seem to be dragged into this public situation, which is neither of their own doing.
It doesnt comfort me knowing that all her life Whitney Houston has had to live under the glare of the public eye. She never seemed to adjust to fame and money; she was just a girl from New Jersey with a dream, undeniable beauty and a voice from heaven. What does comfort me, is that a genuine love between a father and his daughter existed, no matter the forces that tried to tear them apart.
Reports have come out that Whitney will be laid to rest this weekend in New Jersey, right next to her father as she requested a time ago. Perhaps now, her troubled soul can rest comfortably next to the man who gave her life and love, just as it should be.