Although the actual cause of Whitney Houston‘s death is still under investigation, Celine Dion believes she already knows what lead to the superstar singer’s tragic fate: “drugs” and “show business.” Dion spoke on the phone with Good Morning America this morning and openly discussed her opinions on the matter as she looked back on Houston’s legendary career and personal struggles.
Of course, the world is all too aware of Houston’s battle with addiction after she famously fessed up to using cocaine, marijuana, and pills in a 2002 interview with Diane Sawyer. And Dion is sure that’s what became her ultimate downfall, stating, “It’s just really unfortunate that drugs, bad people, bad influences took over her dreams, her motherhood.” The “My Heart Will Go On” singer also compared Houston’s problems with that of other music legends, including the likes of Elvis Presley, Marilyn Monroe, Amy Winehouse, and Michael Jackson, blaming drugs and the stress of fame as their demises.
And it’s because of seeing her fellow artists fall prey to such abuse, that Dion is scared of drugs and show business itself. She explained, “What happens when you have everything? Love, support, motherhood…Something happens that I don’t understand. That’s why I’m scared of show business, of drugs and hanging out. That’s why I don’t go to parties!”
And though Dion’s preventative actions might seem a bit extreme, she definitely has a point. The pressures of fame have caused several icons to turn to drugs as a means of escape and often times these habits take from this world long before their time. And while Houston’s cause of death is unconfirmed, the evidence makes drugs or pills a very likely possibility. If that’s the case, let’s hope it brings more awareness to the future generations of performers, so they won’t also meet with tragic fates.
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