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Brandy: Whitney Houston was tortured by voice problems


Singer Brandy believes Whitney Houston sank into a dark place when she lost her powerful vocal abilities, insisting, "It probably drove her insane."

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The legend's career nosedived when she began to experience vocal problems, thought to be the result of substance abuse, and Brandy believes her pal was driven to despair when she couldn't hit the high notes at her final concerts. She tells CNN newsman Piers Morgan, "I understand what that feels like. I don't understand to that degree, but I understand, you know, because I feel like when I don't have my instrument, I don't really have me ... It's almost who you are. Of course, there's more to you than your voice, but that's what you use to share. That's what you use to give. It's your purpose. It's what you were born to do. ... It probably drove her insane (when it faltered)."

Brandy reveals she is still dealing with feelings of regret for not spending much time with her Houston before her sudden death in February. She adds, "One of the things that I can't put my mind around is where she really was, because at the end of her life, I wasn't there. I wasn't around. I didn't talk to her as much, which is one of the reasons why it was so hard for me to get over her passing ... because I felt like I wasn't there enough for her at the end of her life. And I have no clue where she was mentally or spiritually."

Brandy also admits that her brother Ray J, who was Houston's on/off boyfriend, is still struggling to cope with the loss, adding, "They were really close friends ... Ray has been going through (difficulty). He really has been going through it. But, you know, every time we go through something, we always stick to who we are as family. And you know, so we've been there for him. But he's been silent about everything and, you know, just taking his time with it ... (A) very tough thing to deal with."

Dec 10, 2012 3:02PM

Whitney Houston was the greatest singer of all times and envied by other female singers in the music industry that were glad when she was having trouble with her voice. She really did suffer on Both ends,  along with all you negative people who think you have the right to comment on her life like you knew her personally should have some SHAME! So leave Whitney ALONE!  You never knew the woman your commenting on and stop judging someone solely on what you read in tabloids or magazines.

Dec 10, 2012 2:42PM
Maybe if she wasn't smokin all that crack, she wouldn't have had probs. Worthless druggie
Dec 10, 2012 2:17PM

White Americans have a very big problem showing compassion to anyone Black. If this was a story about Elvis, Heath Ledger or Marilyn Monroe (all three died of drug over doses) Compassion and no judgments would exist, But Whitney and Brandy are black woman and White America hates them for being talented, rich and Black. There is no reason to say such horrible things about someone PERIOD!

Dec 10, 2012 2:06PM
to igmpro:  You're is a contraction of two words, YOU and ARE.   Learn how to spell before you attack someone...
Dec 10, 2012 2:02PM
Thank Heavens Julie Andrews figured this out.  She does not sing anymore professionaly.  She does voice overs and acting.  She said she lost her ability to hit the notes and said OK, what's my next chapter and moved forward.  It is sad when a person thinks they only have one thing that makes them special.  We are all special just in many different ways..
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