Whitney Houston’s family announced yesterday that there would be no public memorial service or public wake before the singer’s funeral on Saturday (although the funeral will be televised), leaving thousands of fans understandably disappointed. Almost as disappointed as Whitney’s family was when they learned that Clive Davis — who had been footing all of Whitney’s bills for the last year — would not be paying for her funeral. A source told Radar Online:
“Clive was paying the majority of Whitney’s bills before she died. He was even paying for her room at the Beverly Hilton Hotel; she was out of money. She didn’t have anything left.
Clive won’t be paying for any part of Whitney’s funeral though. Whitney’s family will be responsible for all the costs.
Whitney’s fortune is gone… music industry heavy hitters [were] supporting her and her label [was] fronting her cash against her next album. She might [have been] homeless if not for people saving her. She [was] broke as a joke.”
Is anybody really surprised to discover she was broke? Crackheads aren’t exactly known for their sound investments and fiscal prowess. Not unless you count the return on aluminum cans and most cigarette-and-homemade-shank-traded commodities.
Nina Agdal in the 2012 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue: