Less than three weeks before Whitney Houston’s death, there were reports that Whitney Houston had squandered her fortune. I thought very little of it because this wasn’t reported by reputable sources. Whitney has haters, and this could be no different. But I think a link needs to be explored, so I’m running with this. According to Fox News:
“Whitney’s fortune is gone. Music industry heavy hitters are supporting her and her label is fronting her cash against her next album, but no one knows when that will be released. She might be homeless if not for people saving her,” an insider told the entertainment site [Radar Online.] “She is broke as a joke. She called someone to ask for $100. It is so sad. She should have Mariah Carey money, and she’s flat broke.”
Houston wasn’t struggling. From ABC News:
…in 2001, Houston renewed her contact with Arista Records, signing a $100 million deal, one of the biggest recording deals in the history of the music business, Variety reported at the time.
Forget about her romantic relationship and substance abuse issues for a minute, and focus on how being broke affects a person.
In November, an army veteran and his wife committed suicide because they couldn’t stand the hopelessness. According to The Telegraph:
The bodies of Mark and Helen Mullins were found on Friday lying side by side in their rundown home in Bedworth, Warwickshire after an apparent suicide pact.
Check out what is happening in Pakistan. From Reuters:
Bashiran Bibi and her husband fought everyday because money was too tight. Their hungry children’s screams tormented her. She began begging in Pakistan’s streets. But that didn’t help.
So the maid, 25, decided there was only one way to deal with crushing poverty. She jumped in front of a speeding train with her two sons and daughter, all under the age of 3.
Maybe it’s disrespectful to all parties to parallel Mullins and Bibi with Houston. I’ve touched on this before; no one is exempt from the stress that comes with financial difficulty. All of us face it. I don’t know why we don’t discuss it more. But maybe we’re part of the problem, thinking that someone so accomplished could ever be in that kind of need. Maybe if we’re more open and honest, we might be able to help others. Maybe.