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Whitney Houston’s sister-in-law said she feared that drugs would end the singer’s life. In a partial transcript of an interview with Oprah Winfrey that was set to air Sunday, Patricia Houston said she would be “kidding herself” to say otherwise.
The pop star was changing how she lived, Ms. Houston said, and “it wasn’t about substance abuse or anything like that relative to the … latter days or anything like that.”
“It was just more of a lifestyle. I was afraid for other things,” Ms. Houston said. “I saw her chasing a dream, you know, looking for love in all the wrong places.”
Bobbi Kristina, Houston’s daughter with singer Bobby Brown, also was interviewed for the episode of “Oprah’s Next Chapter.” The 19-year-old discussed how she wants her mother to be remembered, OWN said Thursday.
Marco Andretti grateful his dad’s on ‘Apprentice’
Marco Andretti has been following his father’s progress on “Celebrity Apprentice,” and is grateful the retired race car driver filled in for him following the death of fellow driver Dan Wheldon in October.
The IndyCar Series driver was scheduled to begin filming the NBC hit show immediately after the Oct. 16 season finale race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. The race was canceled following an early 15-car accident that killed Wheldon, and Mr. Andretti decided he could not honor his commitment to do the show.
“I had a private plane right next to the track in Las Vegas, and we were literally going to start filming hours after that race,” Mr. Andretti said this week during testing for the March 25 season-opening race at St. Petersburg, Fla.
“I lost my maternal grandfather the same week and I was just like ‘I’m not ready to do this.’ I always said if my heart is not in it 100 percent, then I’m not going to do it. I knew I was not going to be at my full potential. I was not going to do well. My mind wasn’t in it,” he said.
Wheldon, a two-time Indianapolis 500 winner, had agreed the morning of the race to rejoin Andretti Motorsports for the 2012 season, and would have been one of Mr. Andretti’s teammates.
Michael Andretti ultimately replaced his son on the show, and joined the cast midway through the first episode. He had made it through the first three boardrooms heading into Sunday night’s telecast.
“I am glad Dad stepped up because it’s great for all of us, but I didn’t want to be seen on national TV in the state I was in,” Mr. Andretti said.
Britney Spears reportedly close to ‘X Factor’ deal
Britney Spears is nearing a deal to serve as judge on next season’s “The X Factor,” a well-placed source told the Hollywood Reporter. Ms. Spears’ fiance, agent Jason Trawick, reportedly is negotiating the contract, which could be signed as soon as next week.
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