Beach Boys Singer: Trump Tried To Help Whitney Houston Get Sober

By David Konow 10/17/18

“You tried your best to help Whitney. And she’s not the only one you benefited and tried [to help],” said Beach Boys' Mike Love at a White House event.

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When the late Whitney Houston was in the depths of her addiction, a few of her famous friends reached out and tried to help, like Clive Davis, the legendary label executive who signed her, and Kevin Costner, her Bodyguard co-star.

And according to Beach Boys lead singer Mike Love, even Donald Trump offered to help during her time of need.

As AOL reports, Love made this claim at a White House event celebrating the passing of the Music Modernization Act, which will revamp music licensing and royalties.

At the podium, Love addressed the president: “People can say what they want, but you’ve always been a big supporter of some of the best music that America’s ever made. I remember you tried your best to get Whitney Houston in some kind of shape.”

Love then said that Trump and billionaire Ron Perelman tried to get Houston to see the light at an apparent intervention at Mar-a-Lago. “You tried your best to help Whitney. And she’s not the only one you benefited and tried [to help].”

Trump and Houston were friendly in the past. Trump revealed on The Wendy Williams Show that he was a guest at Houston's wedding to Bobby Brown and claimed the singer was a frequent guest at Mar-a-Lago.

Trump said Houston sang for him “many times,” and he was heartbroken when her vocal abilities went downhill from drugs and alcohol.

“It was very said,” Trump said. “It was certainly a different person in terms of that incredible voice, which was the best I’d heard.”

Trump felt Brown enabled her, adding, “It was just not a marriage made in heaven. It was bad for her, very bad for her. She was trying desperately to make a comeback,” yet her efforts were a “tough go.”

Years ago, he also blamed the media for enabling the singer. “When you’re a celebrity and a super-celebrity, people sort of do whatever you want to do. They don’t tell you what’s right and what’s wrong. You see with Michael [Jackson] with the drugs—so many people—probably Whitney. You can show up in terrible shape, and they’ll tell you how great you look.”

Right after Houston’s passing, Trump told Headline News that Houston “had demons like anyone had demons… the drugs were a problem. Something was missing. She needed help. She was crying out for help. And the end result was what happened the other day in LA.” 

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In addition to contributing for The Fix, David Konow has also written for Esquire, Deadline, LA Weekly, Village Voice, The Wrap, and many other publications and websites. He is also the author of the three decade history of heavy metal, Bang Your Head (Three Rivers Press), and the horror film history Reel Terror (St Martins Press). Find David on LinkedIn and Facebook.

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