‘I Sensed A Death Day Coming:’ Tyler Perry To Open Up About Relationship With Whitney Houston On ‘Oprah’s Next Chapter’

May 24, 2013  |  

Source: OWN

In an upcoming episode of Oprah’s Next Chapter, famed actor, director, producer and playwright, Tyler Perry spoke openly about his relationship with the late Whitney Houston and discussed how he tried to help his dear friend overcome her tumultuous battle with substance abuse.

When asked if he felt responsible for looking after Whitney’s daughter Bobbi Kristina after her mother’s passing, Perry admitted that he actually felt very responsible for looking after Whitney since the day he met her.

“I felt a huge responsibility for her- for Whitney herself. I felt a tremendous responsibility from the first day we sat down in that restaurant and had a conversation where she was so open with me.”

He also shared that he did whatever he could to assist Whitney’s family in getting her the help she needed.

“I stood with them [the Houston family]. Whatever they needed, they would call and say this and this is going on or that’s going on. Or I would talk to her sometimes and she would just be, you know out of it, but trying to be together.”

Tyler went on to say that like most people with loved ones who struggle with substance abuse, fear of Whitney’s death constantly loomed in the back of his mind.

“I felt a responsibility to do all that I could to help her because I sensed- like most people who deal with people with addiction issues- they sense that there is a death day coming.”

Tyler’s episode of Oprah’s Next Chapter debuts on OWN Sunday, May 26th at 9 p.m. ET.

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  • Almond E. Brown

    This dude….smh. He is such a petty broad.

  • I’m a huge Tyler fan. He must be one of the most supportive persons one could have on their team. And there’s a special place in heaven for him and all his good deed. But damm it if he dont talk too much! He’s always talking about what he does especially on fb. He had to announce when he helped a homeless person on the street. Announced when he gave a homeless person a job, announced when he gave Bobbi Kristina a job and how he was there for her when Whitney passed, now he’s announcing how he tried to save Whitney from herself. For Christ sake can he do anything from the heart without running to fb or Oprah’s chair right after?

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  • Mona Lisa

    I want Whitney to be able to rest. REST IN PEACE. With dignity. If not in life – amid all the jokes, whispers, rumors, and unrest about her career, relationship w/ Bobby Brown, and yes drug abuse – then let her have it in death. She is with the Lord now. Our opinion of her is not, and was never necessary. Which is why it pains me to see how critical people are of Bobbi Christina. She is a child. She may not think so, but she is. And one that has been forced into a reality many of us cannot fathom. Even if we don’t agree with much of what we see and hear about Bobbi – and there have been many times for me – pray that she can direct her pain and love for her mother into a legacy we can all be proud of.

    And Tyler is a grown man speaking about his friend. Nothing more or less. Stop making claims that have no merit.

    • Yvette

      You better preach Mona Lisa. Well said!

    • I think Whitney got way too many passes and chances which is why she continued to abuse. She had a world full of enablers. Addiction is a pathological disease it deludes you and fools you into believing everyone else is wrong and you and your drugs are right. Bobbi Christina is going down the same dark path paved with enablers who don’t want to judge her to harshly or make things harder on her.

  • April Foxx

    Thank you for CARING about her and the Houston family Tyler… your real fans know that you’ve been extremely supportive as a FRIEND for years.

    Haters will forever hate.

  • Say What?

    This reminds me of how in school every now and then some of the popular kids would hangout with the unpopular ones even just for a day and then those unpopular kids would tell all these stories about how it was and how much of a connection they had. This whole interview seems thirsty. If you were really her friend then don’t speak about the woman’s business.

    • Yvette

      What business is he talking about that her family hasn’t already said and she hadn’t already displayed herself? Why is it so hard to believe that Tyler was her friend and truly cared about her? Everbody knew she struggled with addition. He’s not trashing her or dogging her out and he is also popluar by the way. I don’t get what you’re saying.

      • Yvette

        **addiction**sorry for the typo.