Whitney Houston Was in Denial: Clive Davis

New memoir also reveals he's bisexual
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 20, 2013 10:31 AM CST
Clive Davis speaks onstage underneath a photo of himself with singer Whitney Houston at "We Will Always Love You: A Grammy Salute to Whitney Houston," on Thursday, Oct. 11, 2012, in Los Angeles.   (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)
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(Newser) – Clive Davis has a new memoir, out yesterday, that apparently reads more like a tell-all. In The Soundtrack of My Life, Davis recalls that Whitney Houston was "in complete denial" about her substance abuse problems. He includes letters he sent her, including one from 2001 in which he wrote, "When I saw you last night at the Michael Jackson concert, I gasped. When I got home I cried. My dear, dear Whitney. The time has come." But, he writes, she didn't listen when he pleaded with her to get help, according to Showbiz411. She "didn't understand the seriousness" of her addiction.

A few other tidbits from the book that are getting attention:

  • Davis comes out as bisexual, USA Today reports, discussing a relationship he once had with "a man who was also grounded in music" after his second marriage ended. He's currently in a relationship with another man. In another portion of the book, he describes his first sexual experience with a man in the "Studio 54" era, Rolling Stone reports.
  • He also got himself into a spat with Kelly Clarkson. He says she "hated" "Since U Been Gone" and "burst into hysterical sobbing" while discussing the song, but Clarkson claims he got the story wrong, the Daily Beast reports. Davis, in turn, insists he got his facts straight. More details here.
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