On today’s Hot Topics segment, television host Wendy Williams addressed the stories surrounding the shocking passing of legendary singer Whitney Houston. The former radio personality reminisced on her first experience being around the pop music queen over 25 years ago while attending Northeastern University. Although Wendy never met Whitney, she emotionally admited that she felt very close to the singer, especially because they shared the same experience of dealing with the demon of substance abuse:
It’s been almost 15 years since I smoked last from a crack pipe. It’s been almost 15 years since I waited on Jerome Avenue in the Bronx for my drugs. I’m not proud of the girl that I was but without being that girl, I wouldnt be the woman that I am today…There’s one thing through out it all, my connection with Whitney, is that I wished for us to be really sober and really aware. And I knew I’d meet her one day. But I always pictured that time to be in our late 50s or 60s, with her being the #1 spokesperson for Say No!. I just for some reason thought that that was what she would do. It’s what I want to do. I just thought that we would meet, and we would hug and we’d be sober and older…My heart goes out to Bobbi Kris, her daughter, who’s 18. My heart goes out to her mother, Cissy. My heart goes out to her cousin Dionne Warwick and her aunt Aretha Franklin.
Wendy went on to stress the importance of reaching out to family or friends who are battling substance abuse. You can watch the heartfelt clip below as well as Wendy’s interview w/ Whitney back in 2003.
Watch: Wendy Williams’ Emotional Statement On Whitney