The Wonderful Whitney Houston

Posted by Judy Johnson On Sunday, 12 February 2012 02:16
For the majority of my teenage and post-teenage life, I have always said that there are a few celebrities, a very select few, whose death would truly upset me beyond words. Off the top of my head I would have said those were Mariah Carey, Kylie, Whitney Houston and of course, Beyonce. I'm not saying other celeb deaths aren't tragic, nor am I saying that I am celeb obsessed, because I really am not - I can't even pick up a copy of heat to be honest; that's how much celebs bore me. I don't even follow the latest news of the above very often. But these are the singers I have followed and loved since I-don't-know-when. They're a huge part of the soundtrack to my life so far. And right now, I am crying my eyes out because it's actually happened - Whitney Houston has died. I am heartbroken.

I can't remember a time that I wasn't in love with Whitney; I remember watching The Bodyguard and being in awe, I remember being excited every time she was on TV singing live, I've often defended her and proclaimed her the best singer in the world because quite frankly, I think at a time she was (and her only new contender in my eyes is Beyonce, but given her different style/genre, I'd say they're equally fantastic). I've never not adored her - she's very much the reason why when X Factor comes around every year I'd rather watch a singer than an entertainer. Talent like hers is just inspiring.

Tonight I went from a text, to Twitter, to Facebook, to Google in the hope of finding something that said it was purely a rumour, but then switched on BBC News and let it sink in that the beautiful, gifted, one-of-a-kind star Whitney Houston has died aged only 48. 

With undoubtedly one of the best voices in the world - if not the best - and an astounding career including, most memorably, the single I Will Always Love You and her starring role in one of my all time favourite movies The Bodyguard, Whitney was a huge success. Her personal life was less positive, but no matter what went on or what transpires as the cause of her untimely death: I will always love her.  

RIP Whitney, and thank you for being the soundtrack to so much of my life.


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