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

May 24, 2013  |  

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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