Robyn Crawford, a longtime close friend of singer Whitney Houston, has come out and said that, at one time, her and Whitney shared a sexual relationship.

Rumors about this have circulated for years, and they were confirmed by Crawford in a new, recently-published memoir.

Robyn Crawford (left) in 2004 (Photo by Paul Hawthorne/Getty Images)

In the book, Crawford writes:

“We never talked about labels, like lesbian or gay.  We just lived our lives and I hoped it could go on that way forever.”

But Houston soon ended the physical side of their relationship. “She said we shouldn’t be physical any more, because it would make our journey even more difficult,” Crawford writes. “She said if people find out about us, they would use this against us, and back in the 80s that’s how it felt.”

In the memoir, Crawford also writes that Houston and Comedian Eddie Murphy were close to having a relationship at one point.  According to Crawford, it got to the point that Murphy called Houston on the morning of her wedding to Bobby Brown and tried to convince her to walk away from the marriage.

Murphy has not confirmed these claims, and publicly has stated that he and Houston were just friends and never had a romantic or sexual relationship.

When interviewed in 2016 and asked about Houston’s relationship with Crawford, Brown stated “I really feel that if Robyn was accepted into Whitney’s life, Whitney would still be alive today … She didn’t have close friends with her any more.”