Kevin Costner Tried to Help Whitney Houston

By Fionna Agomuoh 04/11/12

Costner wrote two letters to his Bodyguard co-star as a form of attempted intervention.

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In the aftermath of the recent sudden death of R&B superstar Whitney Houston, actor Kevin Costner reveals that he was asked to help the singer as she battled drug addiction. During an interview with Anderson Cooper for his upcoming talk show, Costner says he wasn't aware that Houston had problems with drugs while they were filming The Bodyguard, but that he was asked on two different occasions to write a letter to her as a form of intervention. “A couple of times there were some people that really loved Whitney and a couple times in the last seven or eight years they asked me if I would I write her a letter,” he says. While he obliged with the letters, Costner ultimately decided he had no option but to allow Houston to live her own life. “It’s so odd. I have this level of celebrity and fame—international or national, whatever you want to refer to it—but it’s a pretty surreal thing to think sometimes that you're in the middle of another famous person's life,” he says. Although the pair didn't remain close after filming their blockbuster in 1992, Costner still served as a pallbearer at Whitney Houston's funeral, and gave a heartwarming speech in her honor.

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