Seeing how he walked out of a screening of The Bodyguard after watching Whitney and Kevin Costner kiss, Cissy figures it was because he was intimidated by Denzel Washington, who was “handsome, accomplished, and one of the most beloved actors around.” Bobby, “like many men, might have been too insecure to want his wife around that.” He also simply “had a hard time living in Nippy’s shadow.
She was one of the biggest stars in the world, and he was just never as big as she was.
But she was aware of how the fighting at home between herself and her husband, John, was affecting Whitney during her last few years as a teenager—her grades dropped and she became more distant.
Later, through watching interviews, Cissy learned that this was also the time that Whitney began experimenting with drugs.
But she says that even though Bobby had “done his share of bad things, and I didn’t like the way he sometimes treated Nippy, I thought deep down he was a good person. She couldn’t keep time with a song unless she was really singing it, and at the Super Bowl, you could tell looking at her that she was singing the whole time.” The 1994 World Cup was a different story, though.
“I’ll be honest—I tried to tell Nippy from the beginning that I didn’t think Bobby was good for her,” Cissy writes. (But she did at the World Cup.)The 1991 Super Bowl’s organizers asked Whitney to make a “safety tape” as a precaution, but she never used it, Cissy writes: “The producers had wanted her to lip-sync it, but Nippy was like me—she couldn’t do it.Cue Robyn Crawford, who Whitney met during this time and who would become her close companion for life—and rumored lover.“I had a bad feeling about that child from the first time I saw her,” writes Cissy.For a man like Bobby, it’s not easy to be called ‘Mrs. Bobby “accidentally” cut a two-inch gash in Whitney’s face.Cissy believes a major turning point in Whitney’s spiral downward was an incident in the summer of 1997, when Whitney and Bobby were on a cruise together in the Mediterranean and, somehow, Whitney ended up with a deep cut to her face.(And Cissy didn’t disapprove of Ray J.)By 2009 things seemed to be turning around. She had filed for separation from Bobby, was getting healthy, and was back on her way to success.But the strains of touring again, singing two or three hours a night, and traveling across the world proved to be too much—and Whitney relapsed into drugs.Bobby had a major inferiority complex while he was married to Whitney—and was jealous of Kevin Costner and Denzel Washington.Bobby really, really didn’t want Whitney to star in The Preacher’s Wife.“But Nippy would keep on doing it until everything was gone.”3.No man could sweep Whitney off her feet—until Bobby came along. After Whitney became a star, lots of famous men took an interest in her—including Jermaine Jackson (“But he was married, so I wasn’t too thrilled when Nippy went out with him a couple of times”), former NFL quarterback Randall Cunningham (Cissy says he wanted to marry Whitney), and Eddie Murphy—though he and Whitney were always just friends, says Cissy.