Whitney Sings 'Natural Woman'...
Whitney's Jail Song to Bobby:
Whitney Houston left the court where Bobby Brown was arrested on Wednesday
night with a bruise on her face and a song on her swollen lips.
Sources tell me that when Houston retrieved Brown, the pair was actually
"kissing and hugging and holding hands." Even more incredible: Houston was
heard singing the Aretha Franklin song, "You Make Me Feel Like a Natural
Woman" to Brown as they left.
That's a big change in her attitude from Sunday night when Whitney called
police to her suburban Atlanta home saying Brown had hit her. She told
police he threatened to "beat her ass," and then allegedly did just that.
When the police arrived, as we know now from various reports, Houston told
the cops that Brown had gone to Los Angeles. But I am told by my source in
Atlanta that Brown never went anywhere. "He has a lot of contacts in town,
and his brother was with him, too. He just found a place to stay."
What I can also tell you is that on Tuesday night police detectives returned
to Houston's home to question her again about the incident. Even though 48
hours had passed, she did not change her story. "She basically told the same
story again," said my source.
Interestingly, there was no sign on Sunday or Tuesday of the couple's
11-year-old daughter, Bobbi Kristina. If there had been, said Fulton County
Police Department spokesman Kurtis Young, "there would have been an
additional charge of cruelty to children."
But by all accounts, Houston and Brown do not rear Bobbi Kristina full time.
That chore is left to Houston's mother, Cissy, and nannies at Houston's home
in Mendham, N.J.
Even if Whitney changes her mind about the charge against Brown by the time
of his Jan. 7 arraignment, by the way, it won't affect the prosecution. "We
have her statement, and we have the officer's testimony," said Young. "By
Georgia law, we don't need anything else to proceed."
This means that Brown could be in a lot of trouble. And so is Whitney, if
she was singing to a man who is suspected of beating her three days after
the incident. What a tragic situation.
12 DECEMBER 2003