Robyn Crawford has been in the news after confirming long-simmering rumours that she and Whitney Houston were lovers, and she sat down for an in-depth conversation with Jada Pinkett Smith in Monday’s edition of her Facebook Watch series “Red Table Talk”.
During their discussion, Crawford recalled Houston allegedly confronting her for sleeping with one of the singer’s backup dancers, telling Pinkett Smith that Houston was so enraged she ripped up an inscription she had written in a Bible she had given her.
“She was angrily upset,” said Crawford. “She just grabbed it and ripped out the back page and she started tearing it up, ripping it into little pieces.”
Pinkett Smith responded by recalling her own past relationship with someone very famous, slain rapper Tupac Shakur.
“That I understood, because of the complex relationship I’ve had with Pac in those moments of his, ‘Who’s that?!,’ knowing damn well there ain’t nothing like that between us,” she said. “Him feeling like, ‘You’re the only stability I got, I can’t afford for you to put that attention elsewhere.’ For him, it was, we were an anchor for each other. Anytime he felt like that anchor was threatened, oh my God.”
Crawford agreed, admitting Houston’s alleged actions didn’t stem from jealousy, but rather from being “possessive and protective” of her. “It’s a lot of things I didn’t understand while I was in with Pac,” agreed Pinkett Smith.
Crawford also reflected on Houston’s turbulent marriage to Bobby Brown, who she claimed “did get in my face a couple times,” adding, “The more I saw and heard and the messier it got, I thought she’d get tired of it. Whitney had a lot of pride and a strong will. But every time I thought that would be it, it wasn’t.”
This, she told Pinkett Smith, was the point when she stopped working with Houston. “I know the depths of my struggle, having to do it as well,” she said, becoming emotional.
“When I made the decision I never once thought or believed I was leaving Whitney,” she added. “I needed her to stop and think about herself and look at where we were. It was so many people, she wasn’t paying attention, the situation was out of control and I felt like I had done all I could do in the current climate of what Nippy Inc. was at that time.”
At the end of their conversation, Pinkett Smith asked Crawford what she would say to Houston today if she were somehow to show up at the Red Table. “I would wanna say, you know Nip, you know I love you,” she declared. “And I got you. I will represent. I love that girl like yesterday and she’s with me all the time.”