Whitney Houston Tells All (Seriously, All) To Oprah

Oprah knows how to start a season right. Her interview with Whitney Houston yesterday (the second part airs today!) was even better than the season premiere in 2004 when every audience member left with a new car. Rather than interview Whitney in front of an audience, Oprah sat down to chat with her in an empty auditorium, which was a little awkward, but once Whitney started talking, you didn’t notice anymore. “[Bobby] was my drug,” she said. “I didn’t do anything without him. I wasn’t getting high by myself. It was me and him together, and we were partners, and that’s what my high was—him.”

In addition to describing their drug of choice, she also revealed what we all suspected—that there was physical abuse in the relationship. “He slapped me once, but he got hit on the head three times by me,” she said. Her daughter walked in the room just in time to see Bobby on the floor bleeding. And in the clip above, Whitney talked about her mother coming to her house with the police to force her into rehab. “She said, ‘I’m not losing you to the world. I’m not losing you to Satan. I want my daughter back.’ She said, ‘If you move, Bobby, they’re gonna take you down.’ “All of this was fascinating, but the part that really got me is when Oprah describes interviewing Bobby Brown and Whitney giggles like a teenager. (Clip below.) As she talks about meeting Bobby backstage at the Soul Train Awards Show, you can tell just how smitten she was and probably still is. “Bobby was like, ‘Check this out, let me ask you something. If I ask you to go out with me, would you say yeah?’ From that moment on, we clicked,” Whitney said. “[People] don’t have any idea about that sweet, gentle, tenderness he has to him. All I can describe it as is passion.”

Whitney reveals that she thinks their relationship began to unravel when “The Bodyguard” came out and Whitney was catapulted from superstar to mega-mondo star. “Something happens to a man when a woman has that much fame,” Whitney said. “I tried to play down all the time. I used to say, ‘I’m Mrs. Brown, don’t call me Houston.’ ”

That is so, so sad to me. And I just hope it’s not true across the board. What do you think?