The Grammys paid a loving tribute to Whitney Houston last night, praising her voice and her body of work – in other words, remembering the woman she was before her personal demons destroyed her talent and life.
But as the sun rose on the post-Grammy morning, one fellow singing superstar dared to go against her peers and say some less than complimentary things about the late diva.
In a phone interview with Good Morning America, Celine Dion said that Houston “has been an amazing inspiration for me.”
But she went on to say, “It’s just unfortunate that drugs, bad people or bad influence took over. It took over her dreams. It took over her love and motherhood.”
Being the mother of three and one of 14 siblings from a close-knit family, Dion was dismayed that Houston let her addiction affect her parenting.Comparing Houston to Elvis Presley, Michael Jackson and Amy Winehouse, Dion said, “What happens when you have love, support, the family, motherhood? You have responsibilities of a mother and then something happens and it destroys everything….
“She’s had a family. So what happens? How come it’s stronger than that? Stronger than family, stronger than motherhood, than love itself? What’s going on?…Taking pills to go perform and taking pills to wake up and taking pills to go to bed. It’s so unfortunate.”
Tragedies like this, Dion added, have made her wary of being part of the music scene. “That’s why I don’t do parties and I don’t hang out,” she said. “That’s why I’m not part of show business. We have to be afraid.”
Blunt words – but true ones. She came out and said what a lot of people have been thinking – even, surely, many of the people who bowed their heads in prayer at the awards show last night.
But did she go too far in slamming a music icon less than 48 hours after her tragic death? Would it have been better for her to wait a bit out of respect? Or did it need to be said now, as a reminder that Houston’s sad fate was her own fault?
[Photo: Pacific Coast News]
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