Whitney Houston's close friend Robyn Crawford opens up for the first time about their romantic relationship in a new memoir, NBC News reports.
The two met around 1980 in New Jersey when they were in their late teens and immediately formed a bond, Crawford writes in her book, "A Song For You: My Life with Whitney Houston."
The Grammy-winning Houston died from drowning and the combined effects of heart disease and cocaine use in February 2012. She was 48.
As Houston's career took off, she had concerns that people would use her relationship with Crawford against them, reads an excerpt of the book to be released Nov. 16.