There are two different levels to this bash, and in the V. On the surface, this couple seems remarkably mismatched.
She’s the squeaky-clean pop diva in sequins; he’s the B-boy from the projects who was once arrested and fined for simulating sex onstage.
It may have seemed an odd match, the scrubbed pop beauty and the street-tough New Jacker.
But, as Lynn Hirschberg found, theirs is a real and complex marriage—and now there’s a new addition on the way.
“She wants to ‘cross-black.’ Being married to Bobby Brown might help her with that.”But marketing considerations aside, the couple seems to understand each other, and their separate worlds. Houston is wearing skinny black jeans, black sneakers, and a white T-shirt. She’s surprisingly nonchalant about being in the tabloid spotlight, but then again, she’s been around show business and its attendant vagaries all of her life. Critics throughout the industry believe that Davis is responsible for Houston’s glossy sound—that he keeps her in diva mode. But that’s why I didn’t want to do it—it’s too obvious.” Instead, she decided to star opposite Kevin Costner in The two have a love affair in the film, although Houston would not do nude scenes.“He was never shy,” says Tommy Brown, his brother and manager. “That’s why I still have boyish ways about myself.”When he was 11, his boyhood friend James “Jimbo” Flint was stabbed to death in a fight.“Not Bobby.” He began winning talent shows, but he was still a baby criminal. “That was the turning point in my life,” he says now.Whitney and Bobby are the inverse of Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers. It wouldn’t be to try to make me a star, because I would have been a star without Clive.”From the jump, her career ascent was spectacular: her first album, both to the dismay of Diana Ross.Like Ginger, Bobby gives a sexual charge to the pure image of Whitney (Fred), while she graces him with a veneer of class. In recent years, Houston has not sold to the black audience the way, say, Bobby Brown has. He walks her to her limo, kisses her good-bye, and returns to Bobbyland, where he parties with his pals until early in the morning.” Houston says now to Ellin Lavar, who is curling the hair on Whitney’s wiglet. Everybody tells you you’re great, you’re fabulous, when you’re famous, but she’d always tell me, ‘Hey, did you wash your underwear today? “Everybody thought of me doing it because it was so obvious,” Whitney recalls.