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Jan20

The Whitney lesbian rumours that won't go away

LAST UPDATED // Tuesday, 20 January 2015 17:18 Written by // Rachel Cook

It seems even after her death Whitney Houston cannot escape those lesbian rumours.

The Lifetime biopic, Whitney, aired this weekend and it touched on the supposed lesbian relationship Houston had with her close friend and assistant, Robyn Crawford (played by Yolanda Ross).

Angela Bassett directed the movie and told Entertainment Tonight that no-one can know if the rumours were true or not and it would be up to the audience to interpret the scenes between Houston and Crawford in the film.

"I can’t tell you," Bassett says. "There always has been [rumours] and they still persist and I don’t know. But, there was always the speculation, so my thing was, let it remain. But it'd be however the audience sees it. If they read into it, that's what they read into [regarding] their life – two women who are close and love each other and support one another."

The scenes include Crawford lovingly grasping Houston’s hands before she goes on stage and portraying Crawford as jealous of Houston’s husband Bobby Brown.

Bassett said of the two women:

"I think what they had between them is a real, honest and fierce affection and caring for one another. May we all have a friend who will fight for us."

In a 2000 Out cover story, Houston herself addressed the lesbian rumours.

"I suppose it comes from knowing people…who are," she speculated. "I don’t care who you sleep with. If I'm your friend, I'm your friend. I have friends who are in the community. And I'm sure that in my days of bein' out, hanging with my friends, having nothing but females around me, something’s gotta be wrong with that."

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Rachel Cook has worked in both the queer and mainstream media for over a decade. Before becoming editor of Melbourne Community Voice, she was a producer for ABC radio. Between 2008 and 2012, Rachel was the editor of CHERRIE. In 2010 her book, A History of Queer Australia, was published and is currently in use in high schools across Australia.

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