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Toni Braxton: Whitney Houston Was Like A Big Sister

February 11, 2013 03:00 PM by Stephanie Gustafson

One year after Whitney Houston’s tragic death, fellow singer Toni Braxton is still deeply saddened by the loss of a great musician and friend. But the Braxton Family Values star also acknowledges that she learned a lot from Whitney.

It’s the one-year anniversary of Whitney Houston’s death and a number of celebs are paying tribute to the fallen star. Toni Braxton is one of many top singers who was initially inspired by Whitney. The two women ended up fostering a close relationship, with Whitney taking on the role of mentor.

In a recent interview with theGrio, Toni explained the nature of her relationship with Whitney Houston — one in which the already-established Whitney served as both a teacher and a family member. ”I love Whitney, she was my big sister in the business. She taught me and educated me a lot about the business.”

Whitney Houston also taught Toni Braxton all about dating and relationships. ”She told me how my dating life would be, with me being a female celebrity. She said, ‘guys don’t really like us at first. Because they think we’re too strong, they say we’re too controlling. But it’s not that… they’re just uncomfortable.’”

Sounds like Whitney Houston was full of great advice! But according to Toni, the most valuable advice she gained from her “big sister” was the cliched but oh-so-true be yourself. “’Do what you want to do,’ Whitney said. ‘You have to be your own artist. You’ve established yourself as Toni Braxton, don’t change.’”

It’s great to see that, even in times of trial, Whitney Houston was able to help out close friends such as Toni Braxton, and later, Jordin Sparks. Whitney may no longer be with us, but her memory lives on.

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