The cover art to Pusha T’s latest album, Daytona, features an image of Whitney Houston’s bathroom the night of a drug binge. Kanye West reportedly bought the image for $85,000, but the woman who took it now regrets the insensitive move.
Tina Brown, sister of Bobby Brown, has admitted to taking the controversial photo the same night they smoked crack-cocaine together, according to an interview with The Blast.
“During the time the picture was taken, in 2006, my sister Whitney and I were at a very low and self-destructive point in our lives, it was not only her mess, it was mine as well.”
She adds, “Together, she and I decided to take the pictures in the bathroom and share with the world, the pain we were going through … it was a united cry for help.”
Brown sold the images to the National Enquirer as part of a story in 2006. She also confirmed that West did not buy the photo from her, saying, “Kanye West did not purchase the picture from me or my son [Shayne Brown].”
Tina is adamant that “the public attention and speculation, brought on by Kanye’s broadcasted purchase of that picture and usage have opened old wounds.” She also wants to hear from Kanye about “why he feels the picture is significant to him, at this time.”
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Born and raised in Compton, California, Jessica Bennett began her career as an intern at The Oakland Post, and later, The Source Magazine. She went on to write for respected hip hop publications such as DJ Booth and Hip Hop DX before becoming the Urban Editor of pop culture website, Wetpaint.com. She joined Ebony as the Entertainment Editor August 2017. Bennett has interviewed such names as Vanessa Williams, Spike Lee, Tyra Banks, Forest Whitaker, Magic & Cookie Johnson and several others.