Madonna Opens Up About Whitney Houston’s Death

Following the death of Whitney Houston, many artists poured their thoughts out online. But one of Whitney’s iconic pop peers, Madonna, had remained quiet on the subject until now. Today UK paper The Sun published the second part of an interview with the “Girl Gone Wild” singer, which finds her commenting on the passing of not only Whitney, but also Amy Winehouse. “I, probably like everybody else, was hit by this shocking sense of disbelief — especially with Whitney Houston,” said Madge.

“It had not been a secret, the struggles Amy had been through — both brilliant, brilliant artists and obviously both huge losses,” Madonna continued. “But when these things happen, I’m always shocked by the first thing you say — ‘It’s such a loss’ — which doesn’t quite cover it. Then you reflect and you think, ‘How did it happen? How did the people around them allow it to happen?’”

Both Madonna and Houston rose to superstardom in the mid-1980s, as each racked up hit single after hit single. But while the Material Girl has managed to avoid the excesses that come with fame over the years, others have not been so lucky.

“We’ve lost so many great artists that way when you think about it. So history just kind of repeats itself over and over,” Madonna told The Sun. “One thing I was struck by with Whitney Houston is I remember she sort of came out as a singer around the same time I did. I remember looking at her singing and hearing people talk about her, and just thinking, ‘Oh my God. She’s such a beautiful woman and my God, what an incredible voice. I wish I could sing like that.’ I just remember being extremely envious of her and also touched by her innocence.”

It’s been rumored that Madonna, who we’re highlighting in our March Madgeness video showdown, was going to steer clear of doing any promotional interviews in the leadup to the release of her 12th studio album MDNA on March 26. Guess this interview broke that rule?

What do you think of Madonna’s comments on Whitney Houston?

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  • Barbara

    Madoona made a comment about where were others to help her.I don’t know if that was a serious question or a comment about what goes through the mind when something like tthis happens. The others around her did all they could. As one person said, “you can’t protect a person from themself.”

  • Kostas

    Madonna is always pretty honest in those kind of serious questions and by telling how envious was feeling about Houston just shows why she is the Queen of Pop for 3 decades now.She respected Whitney’s talent and character .The comment about the people who were around them was a thought that has passed from anyone’s mind when we heard those sad news .If there is love, you can always help your loved ones..even if your “loved ones” are self-destructive ..R.I.P. both Amy and Whitney

  • http://theunknownzone francesca

    whitney, my girl, my main squeeze, was murdered, by her sisterinlaw pat!!! pat was one thing and that was that she was not whitneys, friend!!! so so very weak, she hated whitney, so much, so so jealous of her beautiful boyfriend!!! noboddy wanted her!!! so very ugly from the inside, just like her scum of the earth husband, who is whitneys big brother!!! he knows what his wife did to whitney!!! let the world know!!! god bless whitney her daughter bobi, her mom, and true friends that will love her forever, not like you pat!!! and god bless bobby brown, and ray j, she loved you so!!! and to all of her loving, devoted, fans, that loved her with complete unconditional true love, she loves us so and we love her so!!! we all miss you!!!

  • Joe Ovalle

    Madonna is right how did the people around them let it happen. Whitney’s death is such a sad loss. Madonna is really honest here and i am glad to hear her speaking about it because it shows the human side of her.

  • Irresistable Girl

    I remember the rivals between Madonna and Whitney Houston years ago when I was little girl growing up from the age of 11 to12 years old first starting high school and I remember years ago how Whitney Houston used to criticized and slagged off Madonna and used to call Madonna all-sorts of names and she even said that she was bad influence over young girls of my generation and she would hate it if she had a daughter that turn out like Madonna and it’s amazing how the tables have been turned on that point of view from Whitney. Even though over the years in Madonna and Whitney careers had continued to blossomed individually between them until the 90′s, Whitney decided to settle her differences with Madonna by making peace with her, by sending her bouquet of flowers to Madonna as peace offering when Madonna had won court case years ago regarding a deranged stalker who was harassing her years ago at the beginning of her fame. But now I’m so glad to hear from Madonna views based on her 80′s rival because we didn’t hear anything from her based on Whitney’s death. Even though Madonna is very honest and open about anything, but despite her honest opinions in this above article but I believe deep down the reason why Madonna didn’t say anything about Whitney Houston since she died Madonna must of see this was coming and it was only a matter of time before you hear it in the Media because by now Madonna must of realized by then that Whitney was no saint like the Queen of Pop herself and Whitney was now living pretty dangerously more then Madonna and it was only matter of time obviously before you hear that the person passed away because the type of careless lifestyle there are now living. One thing I must have to admire about Madonna in spite that she so honest and open person and other character shows in her personality is like what you see is what you get with me without no hidden agendas unlike Whitney and she’s the only person that has got it altogether, where her head is so firmly screwed on and because she so direct and focus on her career and she meanwhile she didn’t want anything to hinder her successful career that is why she’s never touch dangerous drugs and binge drinking which could of shattered or effect her successful career, unique talent to be number 1 greatest female all-round performer in the music industry and her photogenic attractive looks and she was determined to continue on that straight and narrow road and not on the wide road that leads to road of destruction. I think what kept Madonna sane and focus and she never get lead of the rails, because she knew that she is no saint and she not going to pretend to be one for anybody no matter what and she just lived her life by being her true self unlike her 80′s rival Whitney. That could be, probably be the reason why what kept her focus and stay on the straight and narrow road and which made her end up out-lived her greatest rivals which is Michael Jackson and Whitney Houston.

  • Really?

    What Madonna is saying about Whitney can be asked of her if she ever died of AIDS, etc.? Where were the people around her that let her sleep around with all sorts of men and of all ages?

  • Moo

    Ignorant idiot

  • Jeremy

    That is the dumbest comment I have ever heard. Madonna has always, always promoted safe sex and has done AIDS prevention work.

    And before you even get into “well she got pregnant twice from unsafe sex” they were with long term relationships(one a marriage) not random hookups.

  • MikesterSTLMO

    I disagree; asking where her family was all these years is a perfectly valid question. Their respective excuses and explanations have been very weak and vague at best. When a family member (and mother) becomes an admitted SERIOUS chronic drug abuser and consequently, a walking skeleton … there ARE available measures family members can take. But unfortunately, Houston’s relationship with her family is looking more and more Michael Jackson-esque, long term estrangement and greedy self serving opportunists $$$$$$$.

  • MadonnaTheFake

    Spare me.
    The ONLY reason Grandma Madonna even issued a statement about Whitney Houston is because she was forced by protocol to do so.
    If she cared one iota about the woman, she would have not kept silent about her death for so long.
    She was pressured into issuing this totally obvious (and uncharacteristicly) heartfelt speech to gain brownie points with the millions of people who labelled her a first-class bitch when rumours within the industry began to circulate that she was really upset that Whitney’s death completely overshadowed her comeback attempt.
    You people are such sheep and so naive!

    • Tery

      You’re naive and such an ignorant comment. How do you know what Madonna feels? I’m sure it’s difficult to see fellow peers that you performed with and came up with disintegrate. It has to hurt. Contrary to public image, Madonna is not cruel. Better she was silent and had a heartfelt sentiment as opposed to those around poor Whitney who like MJ, the evil trolls used them for their own greed and gain by doing nonstop publicity jaunts.

  • guest

    “how did it happen?” …. DUH they OD’ed on drugs and died.