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Excerpts from Oprah Winfrey’s exclusive interview with members of Whitney Houston’s family, including sister-in-law, Patricia Houston, have been released. One of Whitney’s longtime confidantes, Patricia had much insight into the superstar’s marriage to Bobby Brown.

As for accusations that he was the one who hooked Whitney to drugs, she says, “I can’t say that he introduced drugs to her; I don’t think that’s true. Bobby and I had a good relationship. She would say, ‘You’re always trying to protect him.’ I said, ‘No, I’m protecting truth… I can’t do it any other way.'”

Patricia also faulted the pressures from the outside for dooming their marriage from the start. She explained: “There was always so much outside interference… It was very hard. Their reality was everyone else’s, and it’s very difficult if you’ve got family members that are demanding certain things from you, then the world demanding certain things from you. In all of that congestion, how can you make it work?”

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