Robyn Crawford, who says she was Whitney Houston's lover, is talking to 'Dateline NBC' and 'Today.'
Robyn Crawford, who says she was Whitney Houston's lover, is talking to 'Dateline NBC' and 'Today.' (NBC News / Courtesy photo)

Robyn Crawford, who was Whitney Houston’s best friend, is opening up about their romantic relationship in interviews with NBC.

Crawford answers years of speculation about her relationship with Houston in interviews to air on “Dateline” at 9 p.m. Saturday and on Monday’s “Today.” Portions of the interview with NBC’s Craig Melvin will air on Thursday’s “Today.”


“It was during that first summer that we met, was the first time our lips touched,” Crawford says. “And it wasn’t anything planned, it just happened. And it felt wonderful. And then, not long after that, we spent the night together. And that evening was the night that we touched. And that just brought us closer.”

Crawford says Houston “just came into my life, all of a sudden. I didn’t know how long it was going to last. I was just enjoying the moment.”

Crawford has a book, “A Song for You: My Life With Whitney Houston,” due out Tuesday.

The singer ended the affair in the early 1980s shortly after signing a record deal with Clive Davis at Arista, Crawford says.

“She said we shouldn’t be physical anymore because it would make our journey even more difficult,” Crawford writes. “She said if people find out about us, they would use this against us, and back in the ’80s that’s how it felt.”

The “Dateline” hour is called “A Song for Whitney.” NBC News said in a preview that Crawford “tells of the two lives Houston led: the celebrity the public saw and the real Houston, who worked hard to become a star and the toll that eventually took on her.”

Crawford discusses Houston’s career triumphs, battle with drugs and rocky marriage to Bobby Brown, NBC News said.

Houston died in 2012 at age 48. She had accidentally drowned in a bathtub in Beverly Hills, Calif. The L.A. County Coroner’s Office said the official cause of her death was “drowning and effects of atherosclerotic heart disease and cocaine use.”