Whitney Houston's close friend Robyn Crawford opens up for the first time about their romantic relationship in a new memoir, NBC News reports.
The two met around 1980 in New Jersey when they were in their late teens and immediately formed a bond, Crawford writes in her book, "A Song For You: My Life with Whitney Houston."
The Grammy-winning Houston died from drowning and the combined effects of heart disease and cocaine use in February 2012. She was 48.
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As Houston's career took off, she had concerns that people would use her relationship with Crawford against them, reads an excerpt of the book to be released Nov. 16.