In 2003, Williams infamously brought up Houston’s drug abuse, romantic relationships and financial struggles, among other topics, during a controversial radio interview.
“I had never met Whitney [before that]. I had never met her,” the Emmy nominee, 55, explained on Tuesday before Crawford, 58, interrupted, “You acted like — you talked like you did.”
Williams brushed off her comments as “what I do” before telling the author, “Look, I’ve only seen her in concert once and that was at the Beacon Theatre in Boston when I was a burgeoning radio star. … I’ve only talked to her once, and that was on the radio, and that was that interview.”
Crawford said that she listened to the interview after her former assistant gave her a call and told her to “turn on the radio.” At the time, she was no longer close or working with Houston.
“That was the cumulative, fed up Whitney Houston that I heard,” she recalled.
The fitness trainer then recounted a time when she and the Grammy winner were listening to the radio in the car as Williams speculated about their relationship on air.
“Whitney would say, ‘Who the — who is she? Who is this woman? I don’t even know what she looks like,’” Crawford remembered. “Our plan was to go down to Hudson Street … waiting for you, right outside.”
Visibly shocked, Williams shouted, “You were gonna jump me? … Robyn! I can’t even fight. I would’ve run! Oh, my gosh.”
Crawford then clarified that she and Houston “weren’t gonna fight” the Ask Wendy author, but they “wanted to see [her] face-to-face and have a chat.”
Williams breathed a sigh of relief before admitting, “I’m frightened. … I dodged that bullet.”
Crawford, who met the “I Will Always Love You” singer when they were teenagers in New Jersey, claimed in her new book, A Song for You, that she and Houston had a physically intimate relationship before the 1980s. They remained friends afterward, but drifted apart when the entertainer married Bobby Brown in 1992.
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