Most stars get one wax figure at Madame Tussauds (if any), but Whitney Houston‘s got four. Representing the singer at various points in her lengthy career, the figures – which were unveiled to commemorate the upcoming one year anniversary of her death – will each appear at a different Madame Tussauds location around the world.
Houston’s manager and sister-in-law Pat Houston said in a statement:
“We were extremely honored when Madame Tussauds approached us about doing four figures of Whitney from different points in her 30-year career. This is something we are excited to do for the fans.”
The figures will debut in New York on Thursday. That Bodyguard Whitney is fierce, right?
February 7, 2013 at 5:30 am by Jennifer
Whitney Houston‘s death in early 2012 was a tragedy – one that was shocking despite her decades long struggle with substance abuse and inability to overcome the demons which led her to such self-abuse. It was an event in pop culture that affected nearly everyone, so widespread was Whitney’s impact, but perhaps saddest of all was the fact that she left behind a 17-year-old daughter, Bobbi Kristina Brown, who absolutely adored her mother despite her faults.
It’s bad enough that Whitney’s brother recently admitted that he was responsible for turning the late singer on to hard drugs, but Bobbi is now speaking out against her grandmother Cissy Houston’s new book on Whitney’s life, which she finds “disrespectful” and over-the-top.
ANYTHING concerning mygrandmothersBook•I& @nickdgordon OFCOURSE personally haveNOTHING2dowith• I ask youplsRESPECT tht•Haven’t read&won’t•
I find it 2B Disrespect2MYMOTHER & me being HERDAUGHTER won’t tolerate it. I LOVEYOUALL for your support though & I thank you immensely••xO!
Try to translate teenagespeak into English: Bobbi’s mad and Grandma’s in the shit. I don’t know what’s in this book and part of me doesn’t really care, but I think it’s pretty disgusting that she wants to make money off her daughter less than a year after she passed away. I’m team BK on this one.
February 4, 2013 at 7:30 am by Jennifer
From Oprah’s Next Chapter:
While growing up in New Jersey, Whitney Houston was close to both of her big brothers, Gary and Michael. Since his sister’s death, Michael, who many in the family called Whitney’s twin, hasn’t spoken publicly. Now, Michael reveals how he introduced Whitney to drugs in the ’80s, long before Whitney married Bobby Brown.
Here’s some memorable quotes from dude’s interview with Oprah regarding his sister:
I’m living, but I’m not alive. …. I felt responsible for her, I always have. … It’s painful. I feel responsible for her. I let it go so far. You know, we were always … being together most of the time, her following behind me, you know … and then when you get into drugs, you do that together, too, and it just got out of hand. The drugs were rough. … Yeah, we did everything together, so once I was into that [drugs], then she followed suit.
Later in the interview, Whitney’s brother states that the first time she ever did cocaine was with him, and that it’s a “demon” that he needs to face every day. What a sad, sad situation all around. Really. The whole thing is just miserable and disappointing and wrong.
And also? Wow. We’ve been this hard on Bobby Brown all this damn time for no reason? Oh, wait, no—no, Bobby was still a beater and a cheater and siring a daughter who’s got incest issues. Hm. I guess there are reasons, but not the reasons that he’s most famous for. Good Lord.
January 29, 2013 at 2:30 pm by Sarah
Oh now, this is sad. What’s sad? That Whitney’s dead? Well, yes, that’s pretty sad, but it’s not all that unexpected, come on. Not with a decades-long battle with drug abuse. You know what’s really sad? That this song has even been released, and for a few reasons. One? It’s crap. It’s seriously pure crap, and if Whitney hadn’t passed, I highly doubt this movie would even make the cut for the ‘Sparkle soundtrack. It’s that bad. Second? Poor Whitney couldn’t even sing anymore. You can just hear how heavy-handed the digital technicians were on this song—but just with Whitney‘s part. It sounds like her voice was dubbed in and added at a later date. I’m not going to even use the word “autotune” here, because “autotune” would give the impression that a flawless performance was at hand, and there’s nothing even close to that at hand here.
Me, I say let sleeping dogs lie, and allow Whitney’s fans to remember her the way she used to be—how she was during her prime—and not mess around with this sad-ass business of hearing and seeing what it’s like to watch a music great unravel before your very eyes. Damn.
May 21, 2012 at 3:30 pm by Sarah
Like Emily, I did not watch the Billboard Music Awards last night, and it’s mainly because groups like LMFAO won—twice—and to be quite honest, I’m not really into all that. What did I do last night? Well, I went to Starbucks for coffee. And waited in line for twenty minutes, because there were two baristas on to serve literally fifteen people waiting for their caffeinated beverages. And I don’t mind the waiting, don’t get me wrong—but by the time I’d gotten out of Starbucks and began to head back to my car, the thunderheads that were threatening to open up and dump on me on my way in had burst, and rain was coming down all slanty and sideways, and by the time I got home, I actually had to change out of my clothes because I’d gotten so soaked. That was the highlight of the evening, folks, and after all that excitement, I just couldn’t bring myself to be watching four-plus hours of 80% suck music being honored.
But this clip, this was different. Flipping through the channels last night after I’d watched my third recorded ‘Big Bang Theory’ in a row, I happened to catch Bobbi Kristina Brown‘s acceptance speech for Whitney Houston’s Millennium Award, and I have to say … this girl doesn’t have a snowball’s chance in hell in making it in the entertainment industry. That, and also, the award was a really nice thing to do for the departed Whitney, and Jordin Sparks is a pretty little singer.
Finally, I guess there’s only one question remaining that needs to be answered: when is Bobbi Kristina Brown going to drop the “Bobbi” and the “Brown” and change over to “Kristina Houston” like we’ve all been waiting for her to do? She might actually have the aforementioned snowball’s chance in hell in the entertainment business if she DID drop her douchebag dad’s names like a hot crack pipe. Which she should.
May 21, 2012 at 10:30 am by Sarah
Yeah, that creepy new reality show I told you guys about yesterday, the one starring Bobbi Kristina and the rest of Whitney Houston‘s family? It’s supposed to focus on them coping with their loss, but also it’s going to be about Bobbi Kristina and how she’s such a star.
Whitney Houston’s mother is telling friends … she fully supports the idea of a family reality show because she believes the exposure will be GREAT for Bobbi Kristina’s singing career.
As we previously reported, the family just inked a TV deal with Lifetime to star in a reality show that will follow Whitney’s relatives in the wake of the singer’s untimely death.
Houston family sources tell TMZ … Cissy Houston knows BK shares Whitney’s passion for music … and she believes a reality show could be the perfect place to showcase Bobbi’s talent.
We’re told … Cissy also believes a reality show will “help with the healing process” by “keeping the family as one.”
Cissy also likes the fact that her “extended family” will be making money from the deal.
But don’t expect Kardashian-style antics on the Houston show — producers are suggesting it will have a more serious tone … at least for now.
Am I the only one who doesn’t understand how this show can do both things? Are they going to sit in a circle and talk about Whitney before Bobbi Kristina sings a heartfelt cover of “I Will Always Love You”? Or will they focus on how Whitney Houston isn’t truly gone because a piece of her lives on in Bobbi Kristina? Because neither of those things sound too awesome.
By the way, here’s a video that TMZ posted of Bobbi Kristina singing “Someone Like You.” It was posted last September, but I haven’t seen it, and some of you probably haven’t either:
She’s not horrible, right? But I just don’t think there’s any way for her to be really successful, not without a voice as big or bigger than Whitney’s. But hey, if you don’t star in a creepy, exploitative reality show in an attempt to achieve stardom, you’ll never know what could have been.