Whitney Houston says husband painted evil eyes in house

Mon Sep 14, 2009 7:39pm EDT
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By Alex Dobuzinskis

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Singer Whitney Houston said in an interview aired on Monday that life with former husband Bobby Brown descended into a nightmare of drugs and fights, and that at one point he painted "evil" eyes on the walls of their home.

Houston, 46, making a music comeback after seven years, told chat show host Oprah Winfrey in the interview broadcast on Monday that that her and Brown's drug-of-choice was marijuana mixed with cocaine. The pair divorced in April 2007 after a 15-year marriage.

Houston said that during the couple's narcotics-filled days, Brown would break glass objects in their home, and at one point he began painting eyes in their bedroom.

"Evil eyes that were looking at every point in the room," Houston said. She added that Brown, a singer who had a hit with the song "My Perogative," would paint on rugs, walls and closet doors, and that he used spray-paint.

"I'm looking at it and going, 'Lord, what's really going on here?'" Houston told Winfrey. "Because I was getting scared, because I felt something was going to blow, something was going to give."

Houston told Winfrey her addiction got so bad that her mother, soul singer Cissy Houston, turned up at her home one day with a court injunction and enlisted the help of police to force her into rehab.

"She said, 'I'm not losing you to the world. I'm not losing you to Satan. ... I want my daughter back,' " Houston recalled. "She said, 'Either you do it my way or we'll go on TV and (say) you're gonna retire."

She said she tried to play down her fame during the marriage, which took place as her career exploded with the box-office hit movie "The Bodyguard" in 1992 and the hit single "I will Always Love You."   Continued...

<p>Whitney Houston thanks the crowd at the conclusion of her performance at the 2009 Grammy Salute to Industry Icons event, honoring Clive Davis in Beverly Hills, California February 7, 2009. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni</p>