During an appearance on “Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen,” Rosie O’Donnell opened up about her late friend Whitney Houston’s rumored love life, including her possible romantic relationship with assistant Robyn Crawford.
“I didn’t know them as a couple per se, but I knew that they were together,” the comedian said. “I’m friends with a lot of very athletic, older lesbian women who are in the WNBA. And that’s sort of the group [they hung out with], all of these basketball-playing women. So, I knew that and I knew it for a very long time.”
The beloved singer’s alleged romance with Crawford was tossed into the spotlight in the documentary “Whitney: Can I Be Me,” which aired this summer. Several members of Houston’s family speak about the relationship in the film, claiming they were much more than just friends. While the revelation was shocking to some fans, O’Donnell wasn’t surprised.
“Everyone sort of knew it,” she said. “I thought it was very surprising when Clive Davis came out and said that he never discussed her being gay, and I was like, ‘Well, I don’t believe that for one minute.'”
Houston and Crawford met when the latter was a teenager growing up in New Jersey. Their friendship was rumored to have taken a romantic turn, which became a point of contention during Houston’s marriage to Bobby Brown from 1992 to 2007.
“They battled for her affections,” Houston’s former bodyguard David Roberts claimed of Crawford and Brown.