Whitney Houston recently discussed her troubled marriage and drug addiction during a two part interview with Oprah. The interview was carefully timed for the season premiere of “The Oprah Winfrey Show,” which is approaching its 25th anniversary. During the interview Whitney Houston promoted her new chart-topping “I Look to You” CD, talked about life with and divorce from Bobby Brown, her drug use, and finding her strength. Houston, 46, one of the top selling U.S. female vocalists of all time, attributed her drug abuse to her passion for her husband. “He was my drug,” she said. “I didn’t do anything without him. I wasn’t getting high by myself. It was me and him together.” She discussed their descent into drug abuse (marijuana laced with rock cocaine); and the short-circuiting of her music career.
“I was really afraid of going back into that world called the music industry, you know, what I’m saying? But the music still lives in me. It’s alive,” she said. Houston two weeks ago released “I Look to You,” her first studio album in seven years, which topped the charts in the United States and several other countries.Over her entire career, Houston’s worldwide sales of albums, singles and videos stands at 170 million units. Many people felt the interview was a “staged” Oprah Winfrey moment to help Whitney get back on the charts. People felt it was distasteful and problematic because she lacked personal accountability throughout the interview. What do you think? We presented the facts, what’s your conclusion?