Whitney Houston calls claims she's broke 'ridiculous'
January 24th, 2012
05:12 PM ET

Whitney Houston calls claims she's broke 'ridiculous'

There's been a rumor bouncing about that Whitney Houston's bank accounts are not as loftily stocked as they supposedly once were.

Radar Online has cited an anonymous, exclusive source who calls Houston "flat broke," saying that her "fortune is gone."

The loose-lipped insider alleges that "music industry heavy hitters are supporting her," and that while she should have "Mariah Carey money," the 48-year-old singer/actress has had to call to ask to borrow $100.

"She might be homeless if not for people saving her," the source said.

But while this individual may find her to be "broke as joke," Houston isn't laughing at the allegations.

Her rep tells CNN in a statement that the reports are "totally false and ridiculous. She just made a movie with Jordin Sparks – 'Sparkle.'"

In case you didn't know, "People get paid to make movies. [Houston's] not broke."

Filed under: Celebrities • Music • Whitney Houston

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    January 31, 2013 at 5:09 am | Report abuse |
  2. jojo

    all yall smoke pot cant talk about the kettle.search your life before you talk about whitney. do yall have a heart? you should be ashame.

    February 17, 2012 at 4:51 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Joshua Thomas

    How many celebites is it going to take to die from drugs and achol before these stars wake up.

    February 17, 2012 at 12:30 am | Report abuse |
  4. JEB


    February 15, 2012 at 12:29 am | Report abuse |
  5. The Amazing Creskin

    Just like Anna Nicole Smith, Houston's fate was sealed years ago with her rampant drug abuse. Cocaine prematurely wears out a person's heart. It's so terribly sad.

    February 14, 2012 at 7:35 am | Report abuse |
  6. The Amazing Creskin

    Carnack, you may be "great," but I am AMAZING, and I predict that she will be found dead on February 11, 2012 in a fourth-floor suite at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, in Beverly Hills, California, submerged in the bathtub. The cause of death will be determined to be that her heart stopped beating.


    February 14, 2012 at 7:32 am | Report abuse |
  7. theGreatCarnack

    I predict she will be found dead sometime in February.

    February 13, 2012 at 7:15 pm | Report abuse |
  8. JEN


    February 13, 2012 at 11:17 am | Report abuse |
  9. Troholio

    Okay, so maybe she's broke. But it's not like she was found dead in a bathtub or anything. Lighten up, people. It could be worse.

    February 13, 2012 at 10:12 am | Report abuse |
  10. cathy

    She was a human being, we all have struggles, lets build up not tare down, her music is great, none of us have the right to judge. Judge not letst ye be judged

    February 13, 2012 at 8:26 am | Report abuse |
  11. Shirley

    Whitney is still great. Looking forward to more music from her.let's build up, not discourage.

    January 28, 2012 at 3:33 am | Report abuse |
  12. IM


    January 26, 2012 at 1:02 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Mike

    So sadf how many people say so many negative things about a person..I call these people Lifes Loosers..Everyone posting negative things about this woman..is a looser...I wish her the best and I'm not necessarilly a whitney fan just can't stand loosers posting comments about people they have never met or know...Get a life people...For real!!!

    January 26, 2012 at 11:08 am | Report abuse |
  14. DD

    A lot of people THOUGHT Whitney was a goodie-good-shoe type of wo-man, BUT she had more 'ALLEY' in her than an alley cat!!!



    January 25, 2012 at 2:13 pm | Report abuse |
  15. WhitneySucks

    Just crawl back into your booze bottle you no tallent, drug addict, bobbies hitting me again whiner.

    January 25, 2012 at 10:35 am | Report abuse |
  16. Name*sara

    Its ok..im broke too

    January 25, 2012 at 10:22 am | Report abuse |
  17. shone jones

    The thug that turned whitney to drugs has been clean for almost ten years. Find a new excuse.

    January 25, 2012 at 9:53 am | Report abuse |
  18. shamarDoh!

    Can't you read? She AIN'T GOT NO MONEY!

    January 25, 2012 at 9:42 am | Report abuse |
  19. shamar

    All that negativety an none of yall aint got her money. Yall must be smoke'n meth too. Oop's i ment crack. Every body got there up an downs she bleed's like the rest of us.

    January 25, 2012 at 9:30 am | Report abuse |
  20. rick


    January 25, 2012 at 9:25 am | Report abuse |
  21. podunda

    Broke is whack !

    January 25, 2012 at 9:18 am | Report abuse |
  22. Ha


    January 25, 2012 at 9:06 am | Report abuse |
  23. Katie

    I was a big Whitney fan. Then she married the thug and turned to drugs. She has never been the same. I really do feel sorry for her. Her voice was amazing and I wish it still was. I find her fall from stardom very sad, because she was tops in beauty and talent, until she hooked up with Brown. He destroyed her.

    January 25, 2012 at 8:39 am | Report abuse |
  24. kay

    Jesus was broke. I'm broke. I am thus close to Jesus.

    January 25, 2012 at 8:18 am | Report abuse |
  25. big Al of KC

    Gossip! It's so grade & high school. Fact checking doesn't get advertisers or revenue. Got it?

    January 25, 2012 at 8:18 am | Report abuse |
  26. citizenUSA

    She may not need money but she's "broke". And on that note, can I borrow $100?

    January 25, 2012 at 7:46 am | Report abuse |
  27. notsosad

    she's not broke. all her money is just tied up in crack.

    January 25, 2012 at 7:37 am | Report abuse |
  28. 1st Rich People's Bank of Beverly Hills

    "Houston, we have a problem."

    January 25, 2012 at 6:57 am | Report abuse |
  29. WH fan

    Whitney is not, broke most of WH money was make outside music industry and by her brother Michael a next fact WH made most of her money from suing, Clive Davis said. Just lay off her their need a black person to hate and say negative things about.

    January 25, 2012 at 1:37 am | Report abuse |
  30. jobhunter

    It really doesn't matter if she's broke as long as she's not BROKEN!! Show-biz concepts of broke aren't the same as the ordinary people that are unemployed and can't find a job and REALLY get by with the help of friends and family and Government assistance (if they qualify)..."cocaine is a hellava drug"

    January 25, 2012 at 1:05 am | Report abuse |
  31. Joel

    Knew this fake rumor was going to end up being manufactured controversy promoting a product (in this case the end goal was to get her new movie mentioned). Hollywood is so freaking predictable.

    January 25, 2012 at 12:01 am | Report abuse |
  32. Elena Taylor

    I think the definition of broke is when u have nothing and everyone u know has nothing....if have yoou friends that can afford to pay their bills and your, broke you will never be. If Whitney is living in a muli million dollar house while broke...what is the average person who works 60hrs a week to maintain a 700 sq ft apartment......

    January 24, 2012 at 11:29 pm | Report abuse |
  33. Coach Lew

    I'm inclined to believe that Whitney is broke. As many drugs she is alleged to have used it's a wonder that she is still capable of remembering who she is. It's a crying shame how drugs ruin thousands of lives each year here in America. Our drug laws are too lenient and should be toughened up to make people at least think what can happen if they get caught using or selling drugs.

    January 24, 2012 at 11:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • ???

      What if they DON'T get caught?? No sympathy for victims of a disease??

      January 25, 2012 at 1:11 am | Report abuse |
    • Bluejeans

      @??? – Victim of a disease?? I consider cancer, MS and the like diseases. If you VOLUNTARILY snort/smoke crack, drink bottles of whiskey or even smoke yourself to death, then I suppose it's a disease – but a disease of CHOICE. Whitney CHOSE to do drugs to the point where no one who isn't watching her sing could even begin to recognize her voice. True, it was her voice to do that to. But the bottom line is that if she had started out with this raspy, awful, can't-hold-a-tune thing dwelling in her throat now, she wouldn't even be in the top 1000 singers. So yes – it is sad, but I don't feel sorry for her.

      January 25, 2012 at 9:13 am | Report abuse |
  34. Mario

    It really says a lot that a man in Hollywood can be a former addict and everyone forgives him and praises him (Robert Downey Jr, Tim Allen, Steven Tyler, etc) and yet if a woman has a problem, gets help and tries to move on she gets permanently labeled a worthless drug addict. Whitney deserves more respect than what people give her, she's getting better and its wrong for people to constantly try to hurt her and destroy her.

    January 24, 2012 at 11:21 pm | Report abuse |
  35. XxMacleodxX

    She's not broke...she just CRACKED....hahahahahaha

    January 24, 2012 at 11:18 pm | Report abuse |
  36. Sam

    She's only forty eight? She looks much older.

    January 24, 2012 at 11:17 pm | Report abuse |
  37. sowhat

    You could put this rumour to rest by releasing your tax return, Mittens did.... At any rate why should this matter to anyone, why even respond to it. You are still human poor or not!

    January 24, 2012 at 10:55 pm | Report abuse |
  38. Jennifer Moore

    Do we really care whether she's broke or not? I sure as hell don't...I don't see stuff like this as news...it can't be proven that she is broke, and it can't be proven that she ISN'T broke...none of us are seeing her bank statements or knowing what she's doing with her money...we just hear what other folks are saying...all I know she was saying "Crack is Whack" back in the day when she looked like a scarecrow and everyone knew she was smoking her kneecaps off, so who knows if you can believe her...did I spell "whack" right"? Is it "wack"?

    January 24, 2012 at 10:40 pm | Report abuse |
  39. anony

    She spent it all on Kools and crack.

    January 24, 2012 at 10:17 pm | Report abuse |
  40. sarah


    Listen to her sing the National Anthem at the Superbowl in the the early 90s!

    January 24, 2012 at 10:15 pm | Report abuse |
  41. amg

    [youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wupsPg5H6aE&version=3&hl=en_US%5D

    January 24, 2012 at 10:11 pm | Report abuse |
  42. dlp2888

    I witnessed her get booed off stage two short years ago and she couldn't give me my money back – SHE'S BROKE and her talent has went up in smoke.....

    January 24, 2012 at 10:05 pm | Report abuse |
  43. motsimoto

    "Crack is Whack"! and "Whitney Houston is Broke as a Joke"! Both are true. And she owe it all to Bobby Brown.

    January 24, 2012 at 9:41 pm | Report abuse |
  44. ohsnap

    I swear, her and Kevin Costner should remake the Bodyguard. With her collapse and trying to recover, make it part of the storyline. I'll bet people would go see it.

    January 24, 2012 at 9:24 pm | Report abuse |
  45. ?

    Seriously? I mentioned this earlier, but has anyone else noted the PR carpet bombing we're getting from the labels lately.? While there were usually plenty of people defending the celebs it had a different tone to it. Some of the recent posts stink of professional Hollywood desperation. What agency are you guys from anyway?

    January 24, 2012 at 9:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • heater

      yeah but if she's broke and begging friends for $100 and near homeless how can she afford to pay a PR firm and no labels don't have that kind of money anymore to hire paid bloggers that's funny, can't have it both ways missy

      i think people with common sense see that this story don't pass the smell test.

      where is the bankruptcy court filings paperwork
      where are the tax liens
      she owns several properties, why aren't they on auction or being foreclosed or have t ax liens
      where are the creditors suing her to be paid

      those are all positive signs of someone in financial distress i haven't see any of these produced for whitney that's why that tabloid story is worthless.

      January 25, 2012 at 12:44 am | Report abuse |
    • ?

      At no point did I say I believed the story. The ? at the top isnt me. My comment merely spoke about the PR influx. I don't believe the labels that they're broke though. They're still making money hand over fist and their claims that they aren't are just propaganda so they can close file sharing sites and keep their stranglehold on distribution. Paid bloggers probably come pretty cheap anyway so you wouldn't need all that much cash to employ them.

      January 25, 2012 at 9:27 am | Report abuse |
  46. Evan

    Whitney is a living treasure that will always remain part of the history of entertainment.

    January 24, 2012 at 9:08 pm | Report abuse |
  47. Michael

    @Ken in NC... She could have had it all? She has had it all. The most awarded female artist of all time. #1 albums, songs and movies. 7 consective #1 hits in a row since since 1988.. a record that still hasn't been broken. What more could she have? I don't understand you people with your negative comments. Whitney is doing good now and you just want to be ignorant.. that's all it is! Whitney is still alive, she is not a waste! Does a artist have to destroy themselves and die to be appreciated/loved? People build up artists just to cheer them as they fall.. I pity the people, not Whitney. Love live the queen and the greatest voice of all!

    January 24, 2012 at 9:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • blue

      @ Michael... you forecasted her death! OMG... she will be well missed among those who thought she was a great entertainer... the drugs? the Bobby? who gives a rat'\'s as*... when she sings my heart also sings.. she is rich beyond compare to have given so many people so much of her talent..... and for those who think you know how she died and how much money she had in the bank go suck a dead rat's as*.. it is you who is irrelevant.. at 48 she is dead.. 48 nuff said..

      February 16, 2012 at 8:23 am | Report abuse |
  48. Ken in NC

    People look at what she is making for her work and failing to remember that your worth is equal to the value of your assets minus your liabilities. In other words, if she owes more than she makes, she is broke. Such a waste. She could have had it all.

    January 24, 2012 at 8:51 pm | Report abuse |
  49. NR

    People are dumb! There is a question whether Whitney has EIGHT or NINE digit networth, and folks are debating whether she is broke? She is not. I am a real estate agent in NJ and Whitney still owns multiple properties in NJ, including a huge gazillion squarefoot mansion with its own Forrest, and that's just real estate, the 'public' part of her fortune.

    January 24, 2012 at 8:50 pm | Report abuse |
  50. mommywhit

    For me that's publicity, you know she has a movie coming, this strategy might win for her the sympathy of the movie going public. Dont be dumb people she is not broke.

    January 24, 2012 at 8:41 pm | Report abuse |
  51. RCA

    The suggestion that Whitney Houston is broke is ludicrous at best. She's just completed a movie in which she starred and produced. She is a Guiness World Record holder as the most awarded female vocalist of all time. She is still selling albums and earning royalties from singles.

    I just don't understand the hating... yeah, she was great in her hey day and hit some roadblocks to get to today... but who among us hasn't been in this position before? It's okay to feel disappointment... not okay to trash and condemn. Let's celebrate her achievements and look forward to more to come.

    January 24, 2012 at 8:27 pm | Report abuse |
  52. Michael

    Whitney is still revelant. She has never had a flop album or movie. She can perform and make millions. Her name is bankable alone. To those saying she is a hasbeen or over.. can you do the same? No. You troll and use tired crack comments while eating a box of twinkies. Whitney sends her haters nothing but love.

    January 24, 2012 at 8:26 pm | Report abuse |
  53. MazeAndBlue

    What a shame regardless if she is broke or not.

    January 24, 2012 at 8:22 pm | Report abuse |
  54. Ed Sr of Dallas Tx

    Whitney....does not matter....you are still a beautiful woman with a beautiful voice! I love what you do and how you look!

    January 24, 2012 at 8:15 pm | Report abuse |
  55. Tom

    As of right now, she has just under 79 million in investments.

    January 24, 2012 at 8:06 pm | Report abuse |
  56. Cammile


    another picture in people mag this week featuring whitney and the cast of her new movie Sparkle, did i say Whitney looks beautiful and that the movie comes out Aug 10, 2012

    Did I say she was also executive producing the movie and the soundtrack. I can't wait for both because all her soundtracks i've loved. She is not broke. I don't believe that story for a second.

    January 24, 2012 at 7:58 pm | Report abuse |
  57. Steve

    Interesting that her rep pointed out only one thing (here in the present) to make us believe she's not broke. Plus we all know reps always lie to keep their employers image up or else they lose the job. Nice try rep! Ha ha ha!

    January 24, 2012 at 7:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • jimbo

      well tell me what else should her rep say? should they release financial statements to answer an unsourced story posted on a tabloid site owned by the national enquirer, come on son! who does that?

      I clicked on the links above from pollstar and that was enough for me, independent source stated her tour grossed $36.3mil as of june 2010, i looked at th people magazine post above which was recent, she looks great,

      naw, common sense tells me this story is bull s.h.a.t

      January 24, 2012 at 8:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • Snarky

      Earning 36 mil on a tour doesn't help when you have a 100 million dollar crack problem.

      January 24, 2012 at 8:07 pm | Report abuse |
  58. Fat Rat

    I guess you guys like sandusky and joepa better huh?

    January 24, 2012 at 7:36 pm | Report abuse |
  59. teresa

    I hope she isn't broke. I look forward to more music from her for another 20 yrs. She might be getting older
    and her voice might not be what it used to be, but I know she still has "it" in her. I would love to see and hear more from her !

    January 24, 2012 at 7:31 pm | Report abuse |
  60. Bill

    Playa please. That Beiotch is broke but i would snort a line off her ass crack!

    January 24, 2012 at 7:09 pm | Report abuse |
  61. bob

    Does anyone care about this street walking crack hoo.its over dirt bag

    January 24, 2012 at 6:57 pm | Report abuse |
  62. James

    Nobody cares about her or whether or not she has any money. She's tired, old and SO 45-minutes ago.

    January 24, 2012 at 6:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kathi

      I agree. But it's so sad, she had such a beautiful voice once. I'm amazed she is still alive since she's abused herself so bad.

      January 24, 2012 at 7:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • yesudo

      of course people care. If they didn't it this bogus story wouldn' t have been reported around the world or in the us and you wouldn't have clicked on the link to read a tabloid story on whitney houston and comment on it so i'd say you care

      January 24, 2012 at 7:07 pm | Report abuse |
  63. Salina J

    I will take this story with a grain of salt. I think Whitney may have a cash flow problem and I know her money has been ripped off. Many times people around you (MGRS,Executives, business partners) stand to gain if you are not coherent! It is possible she has been royally ripped off but not certain she is down to bare hundreds in the bank.

    January 24, 2012 at 6:27 pm | Report abuse |
  64. Multi-Tasking @ Work

    even if she was broke, which I don't believe...she would bounce back with her talent.

    January 24, 2012 at 6:06 pm | Report abuse |
  65. Kathi

    I saw her in concert about 13 yrs ago in Anaheim. She looked washed up then, sang horrible, drank water in the middle of songs. She looks so much worse now. I really was a fan once. No more, drugs do bad things to ppl. Even superstars.

    January 24, 2012 at 6:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • skylar

      Such a liar and a hater, this is how she looks now 2 mths ago and still beautiful and if you saw her 13yrs ago that would have been he rmy love is your love tour and she looked fierced them so stop while you are a head


      click on the link if you dare to see how beautiful she looks today.

      January 24, 2012 at 6:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • sockpuppet

      hey Sklyar, apparently this is news to you, but the way people look in MOVIES is not how they look in real life. That picture is a press release photo from a movie. They have tons of hair and makeup and lighting to look that good.

      January 24, 2012 at 7:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • HotSquatz

      Ummm... so WHAT if she drank water in between?????????????? that's what singers do.

      January 24, 2012 at 8:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • Liz in Canada

      To Skylar:





      January 24, 2012 at 9:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kathi

      I didn't say she drank water "in between songs" she stopped the song she was already singing to drink some water then continue on with the song. She did this all through the concert. Also, her daughter was just about 2 or 3 yrs old and she was running around the stage with Bobby chasing after her while Whitney was singing. I paid quite a bit of money to see my all time favorite singer and this concert was disgusting. I sat close enough to the stage to see her eye makeup smeared all over her face. I don't know if Bobby destroyed Whitney or she did this to herself.

      January 25, 2012 at 2:51 am | Report abuse |
  66. Kingdom

    Pollstar says her 2010 grossed $36.3million at the end of June 2010


    Clearly she is not broke and trhat is before she got paid for her new movie Sparkle which she is getting double pay for starring and executive producing

    January 24, 2012 at 6:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • HotSquatz

      So what if she made X amount of money!? Doesn't mean she is spending it within her means. If her only defense is "I was in a movie so obviously I'm not broke".... I'd say that's not much of a defense at all.

      January 24, 2012 at 8:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • Martinez

      OK... so that's her gross income almost 2 years ago. Let's get to taxes and other deductions, including costs of attorneys, PR, manager, security, advances and any other loans... if she's borrowing money throughout the year from her record company, management, etc., they'll also get that money back before she sees a penny. I like Whitney, but it's possible that she could be broke...

      January 25, 2012 at 9:27 am | Report abuse |
  67. ?

    Having ridden the white pony, it wouldn't shock me if all that money had been washed up into rocks. Or drank up by Bobby.

    January 24, 2012 at 5:59 pm | Report abuse |
  68. A.H.

    Only balls! Whitney Houston is in great shape! These slanders are not convincing anyone now!
    How boring !!!!!

    January 24, 2012 at 5:54 pm | Report abuse |
  69. skylar

    She's not broke peole it's amazing that annyonymos sources can just say anything about a star and it spreads like wildfire with no factchecking or named sources

    she looks amazing in sparkle


    January 24, 2012 at 5:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rosie

      Agreed. I saw the photo in People and Whitney looks beautiful. CNN should've put that photo with this article instead of the one above. They just love getthing the mean comments posted.

      January 24, 2012 at 7:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • Take2

      Sure, just like you, with no source listed, can claim she is not broke. Works both ways. But, in my humble opinion, she is indeed beautiful

      January 24, 2012 at 10:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • Angel03

      We don't know if shes broke..nor do we care..as far as little movie and one album she joined in on..that's not be money..especially to someone who struggles financially..
      Hopefully she can pull her head outta her butt. It's not to late to get back into the singing game..

      January 25, 2012 at 9:03 am | Report abuse |
    • heyabbot

      Dude...mix in a little spellcheck and punctuation.

      January 25, 2012 at 9:40 am | Report abuse |
  70. Snarky

    Oh she's broke alright. Everything she earns turns into white powder and goes right up her nose.

    January 24, 2012 at 5:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ray

      LOL u know u wrong for that one.

      January 24, 2012 at 8:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • Snarky

      Lol maybe I'm a little wrong for that, but c'mon, if I didn't make that joke someone would've.

      January 24, 2012 at 8:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • Keith Long

      My guess is that she still has enough money to keep her crack pipe full.

      January 24, 2012 at 9:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • monty

      people kill me judging and assuming things about people,when have we seen her use drugs and file bankrupcity they got whitnney mix up with toni braxton whitney last cd"i look to you" sold millions just a year ago,, the media just has nothing to bad so say bout her ,so they making up headilines just to make her look bad keep doing your job whitney u accomplish what none of us have"100 millions albums,grammys,billboards, movies, etc,

      January 24, 2012 at 10:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • CrackisWhack

      Drugs are bad M'Kay?

      January 25, 2012 at 8:04 am | Report abuse |
    • BethTX

      It's too bad. She used to be a beautiful woman and one of the bext singers I've ever heard. Now she's a busted down crack mess.

      January 25, 2012 at 9:46 am | Report abuse |
    • AmericanSam

      It's not cool to make fun of someone's addiction. They might end up dead, and then how would you feel?

      February 15, 2012 at 1:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • theedgeofsanity

      Hey look its another judgmental seaward feeding off the weak!

      February 16, 2012 at 4:21 pm | Report abuse |

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