Whitney Houston, Ray J: Their Unlikely Relationship

The singer was found dead earlier today, same day as Ray J’s sister Brandy’s birthday.

By Sowmya Krishnamurthy

Singers Whitney Houston and Ray J were an unexpected romantic pairing to say the least. Whitney’s tumultuous relationship with New Edition singer Bobby Brown was well documented throughout a 14-year union plagued by drugs, abuse and bizarre behavior. Ray was notorious on his own for his fling with Kim Kardashian and his reality TV romantic trysts on “For The Love of Ray J” (as well as being Brandy’s little brother). Somehow these two lovebirds found each other.

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Rumors swirled about the two as early as 2007. Despite the 17-year age difference, they were seen at industry gatherings like Jay-Z and LeBron James’ All-Star game party as well as romantic dinners in Los Angeles at hot spots like Crustacean. They would be on-again/off-again for several years and the relationship would be riddled with gossip involving their respective exes.

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Most recently, Whitney and Ray were seen canoodling in Los Angeles. They were spotted dining together at Le Petit Four on Sunset Boulevard on February 3rd. In a show of chivalry, Ray J opened the door for Whitney and made sure she was safely inside the car before shutting the door for her. Tongues wagged over whether the strange couple had reconciled.

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Following news of Whitney’s death today, sources initially reported that Ray was the one who had found the singer dead. Ray J’s rep later refuted those allegations.

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