Whitney Houston on “Oprah”
It’s Oprah official: Whitney Houston is back. She performed songs from her new album I Look to You on Good Morning America two weeks ago, marking her first television appearance in seven years. Yesterday’s Oprah featured the first half of a lengthy interview in which Whitney spoke about her music, her personal life, her drug addiction and her long absence from the spotlight.
“At that time in my life, I was going through such trauma,” she said. ”I thought that was enough for me. I had the money. I had the cars. I had the house. Had the husband. Had the kid. And none of it was really that fulfilling. For a time, I was happy. I was happy, but I needed that joy. I needed my joy back. I needed that peace that passes all understanding.”
Whitney said that ultimately, fame took its toll on her happiness. “When I became ‘Whitney Houston’ and all this other stuff that happened, my life became the world’s,” she explained. ”My privacy. My business. Who I was with. Who I married. And I was, like, that’s not fair. I wanted to go to the park. I wanted to walk down the street with my husband, hand in hand, without somebody looking at us or having the media always in my business. I just wanted to be normal.”
The rest of the interview continues today on Oprah, along with a performance.