February 13th, 2012
10:23 AM ET
Celine Dion is facing criticism Monday after an interview with "Good Morning America" in which she alleged that drug use "took over" Whitney Houston's life.
Dion, who called in to the show to speak with "GMA's" Robin Roberts, began by reiterating how much Houston, who died Saturday, influenced her English career.
She then launched into a lengthy response about how Houston's story - and that of other stars like Elvis Presley, Marilyn Monroe, Amy Winehouse and Michael Jackson - scares her.
"Whitney has been an amazing inspiration for me...It's just very unfortunate that drugs and, I don't know, bad people, or bad influence, took over," the 43-year-old singer said.
"It took over her dreams, it took over love and motherhood. When you think about Elvis Presley and Marilyn Monroe and Michael Jackson and Amy Winehouse...To get into drugs like that for whatever reason, because of the stress and bad influence, what happens?...You have responsibilities as a mother, and then something happens and it destroys everything."
That thought of such a trajectory frightens the mom of three, making her "scared of show business," she said.
"There's something that happens that I don't understand, and that's why I'm so scared," Dion said. "I'm scared of show business, I'm scared of drugs, I'm scared of hanging out, and that's why I don't do parties and hanging out, and that's why I'm not part of show business. We have to be afraid."
Houston's music "will live forever," Dion said when Roberts tried to transition into a conversation about Houston's legacy, but added, "it's not enough. Time after time, we lose people...Taking pills to go perform, taking pills to wake up and taking pills to go to bed...It's so unfortunate. I've always said, you have to have fun, and do music, and never be part of show business, because you don't know what it's going to get you into."
"How come it's stronger than all that, stronger than family and motherhood and love itself?"
Those answers had many on Twitter critiquing Dion, with @cennay tweeting the morning news program to say, "Celine Dion's comments/opinions regarding Whitney Houston were inappropriate and insensitive. Who is she to pass judgement on anyone?"
Added @zidek123, "How arrogant, pompous and rude of Celine [D]ion. Tell her to save her drug abuse sermon until [toxicology] reports are complete."
@MarkWGaither weighed in, "Robin Roberts tried to save Celine Dion from herself on GMA. Alas, some disasters are too great to hold back. Buried under an avalanche ..."
Others simply felt unease watching the interview. "Felt uncomfortable after listening 2 Celine Dion's interview about Whitney (on GMA)," wrote @KimLeeJewelry. "[J]ust my personal opinion. Praying for Whitney's family."
On Saturday, Dion told CNN that she was in shock over Houston's death.
"Whitney was such an amazing artist," Dion said Saturday. "When I started my English career, I wanted to be like her. I loved her so much. My prayers go out to her daughter and to all of her family."
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