Transcript: Whitney Houston: 'I'm a Person Who Has Life'


Whitney Houston: On Not Showing Up to Clive Davis Tribute

Houston: I cried. I cried. They just all of a sudden just say one day he's not there. He's gone. That hurt, a lot.

Sawyer: But not showing up for Clive.

Houston: Oh, yeah, that was between him and I. We won't discuss it.

Sawyer: OK, the Academy Awards.

Houston: OK. I was fired from the gig. I didn't mind. I really didn't want to do it anyway. But I'm, I was past that, I'm past that, and it's over now.

Sawyer: Why were you fired?

Houston: Because I was not getting along with the guy that was directing the whole thing. Who I've known since I was a kid.

Sawyer: I think you said laryngitis at the time. I don't think that's what you said. ... And that's all there was?

Houston: That I can remember.

Sawyer: People were saying that sometimes you just didn't, you didn't seem there.

Houston: Really?

Sawyer: Yeah.

Houston: Probably, that probably was it.

Emotional Turmoil and a Physical Reaction to Stress

Houston: I'm the kind of person, if, if I have a day that is nerve-wracking, or my week has been bad or something's going down, I won't eat. Some people eat, I don't eat. And it shows in my physical frame.

Sawyer: Can I ask how much you weigh now?

Houston: Sure.

Sawyer: How much do you weigh now?

Houston: I ain't telling you.

Sawyer: I think I got just sucker-punched. Do you work at it now? To keep your weight up?

Houston: No. You know what?

Sawyer: Yeah, but if people are going to be looking, and people are going to be pointing.

Houston: But they always have. From the moment I stepped out there. They always have.

Sawyer: And looking back, the do you apologize, do you want them to . . .

Houston: Yeah, there are things I apologize for. But the things I apologize for, like my concert dates, those are things I apologize for, because the people really matter to me. They matter to me. And I know they came out to see me. And I apologize for that. I'll make it up to you.

'The Bodyguard' and Bobby Brown

Sawyer: You said you were scared to death on "The Bodyguard."

Houston: Scared to death. Terribly frightened. I mean, Kevin Costner. I said, why me? He said, because you're the only one that can sing.

Houston: I'd wake up in the morning and I'd go, "I can't do this. This is too much for me. Bobby, I'm going to quit today, OK, I'm gonna quit." He said, "No way are you going to do that. If you quit now, you're going to blame me for the rest of my life. You're going to do this movie and you're going to do it well. You can't quit now. You can't turn back."

Houston: We did it. You just never pictured Bobby Brown and Whitney Houston together. Who did? Love is where you find it. It's where you find it, and I found it in him, and he found it in me.

Houston: He was sexy, smooth, a gentleman, and a nice guy, contrary to popular belief. A very nice guy. Treated me like a lady. We're, we're opposites in so many ways, but we're so much alike.

Sawyer: How are you alike?

Houston: He's family oriented, I am. And they didn't give us six minutes to last. We've gone 10 years.

Sawyer: On the way down here, a flight attendant came up to me and said: "I'd just like to ask her why she stays with him. Why doesn't she just leave him?"

Houston: Well, I'd like to ask her why she stays with her man. I'd like to know how her utopia is, then we can talk.

Sawyer: Has he ever hit you?

Houston: No, he's never hit me, no. I've hit him, in anger.

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