[From Metro, UK]
Drugs and sex nearly killed me
The old axiom claims there are two things in life guaranteed to corrupt - praise and money.
Worshipped her entire adult life for a mesmerising voice that has netted her millions of pounds, Whitney Houston never really stood a chance.
Now the 39-year-old has confessed for the first time to a drink and drug problem that almost killed her - and describes herself as being addicted to making love. In a candid interview, to be screened in the US tonight, the former gospel choirgirl describes herself as 'the biggest devil among them'.
She admits to having abused cocaine, pills, marijuana and alcohol, and attributes her wild ways to being forced to grow up too fast.
Houston also speaks out about her turbulent relationship with husband Bobby Brown, with whom she has a nine-year-old daughter, Bobbi Kristina.
But she denies ever being anorexic or bulimic, rumours that circulated last year when she appeared on stage in New York looking emaciated. 'My business is sex, drugs, rock and roll,' she explains. 'My friends, we have a good time.
'But, as you get older and you get wiser, you stop a lot of the kid stuff.'
Houston first made a name for herself in a church choir aged five.
By the time she was 18, she had already signed her first music contract.
'I had no time to grow up, I had no time to party,' she says. 'I didn't even date in my 20s. It was rough.
'I think I kind of reverted back as I got older and said, "Well, I'm just going to party". It was kind of a rebel in me. I partied a lot, trust me!'
The multi-platinum-selling artist, whose singing and acting careers merged in 1992 hit film The Bodyguard, says during this time she came 'as close as anybody can get' to dying.
'It frightened me,' she adds. 'I don't want to ever be in the realm where I am caught in a mould and I can't get out. That's over. I'm beyond it.
'I changed my mind because I did not want to be like the rest of them.'
But she refutes suggestions she was ever addicted to any substance, saying mischievously: 'Hey, I'm addicted to a few things - like making love.'
During the ABC interview, the singer admits to being hurt by her father's decision to sue her for £65million - for a breach of contract drawn up when he helped her during a drug abuse episode.
But she says she thought he was being manipulated by someone he knew.
The singer also claims it was not health problems that stopped her from singing at the Oscars ceremony this year but because she was sacked.
She says: 'I didn't mind. I really didn't want to do it anyway. I'm past that.'
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