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.