Lionel Richie Says Whitney Houston Had To ‘Save Herself’

Written by Eliza Player on Monday, 02 April 2012. Posted in Celebrities

Lionel Richie Says Whitney Houston Had To ‘Save Herself’

Lionel Richie was a close friend of the late Whitney Houston, and he says that the only person who could have saved her was Whitney herself. Lionel knows from dealing with his daughter’s substance abuse problems that it is really up to the user to get better. This is a hard and bitter pill for parents to swallow sometimes.

According to EURweb, he said, “I know from Nicole’s experience. At some point you’ve got to realize the only person that is going to save you is yourself. This is a tough business, a very tough business and you don’t hear this story every day, about people who are in our business, but it happens everyday. The stories you don’t hear are the stories of the people who aren’t famous.” He also point out that one reason celebrities don’t get help is they are surrounded with people telling them everything they do is right.

Lionel helped his daughter, Nicole, work through her substance abuse. She checked in to a rehab facility in 2003, and Lionel even went to stay with her at the facility. He was about to go on tour, when he said, “Cancel the tour. We are checking into rehab.” Lionel speaks of the look on Nicole’s face when she asked him if he would be there at the facility with her. He told her he was right down the hall, and he was not going anywhere. Lionel said, “Because to me there is nothing more important, there’s no greater signal you can send your kid-not only do I love you, but I want to demonstrate it.”

Photo courtesy of EURweb.

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Eliza Player

Eliza Player

I have been writing as long as I can remember, even carrying tattered notebooks with me through the streets and strip clubs of New Orleans, in the midst of my heroin addiction. I lived a life saturated in heroin until Hurricane Katrina struck New Orleans, leaving me to fend for myself, eventually facing my demons and coming face to face with my addiction. I have been clean for five years, and since then I have become a mother, graduated college, and started a writing career. I have a B.A. in Mass Media Communication, with a minor in Journalism. I have also written one published book, Through Both Hell and High Water: A Memoir of Addiction and Hurricane Katrina, which tells the story of those dark days I spent in New Orleans after the storm, battling with addiction amidst a natural disaster. I am the blogger and news curator for RecoveryNowTV, and I love sharing the stories of the world, as well as my own personal journey, with my readers. I hope that my words can touch others out there, struggling with addiction.

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