Inside Kevin Costner’s beautiful relationship with his ”one true love” Whitney Houston

Have you ever taken a look into Kevin Costner’s beautiful relationship with his true love Whitney Houston

During their performance while filming The Bodyguard Kevin Costner and Whitney Houston formed a very special bond with each other.

Unfortunately in 2002 Whitney sadly passed away at the age of forty eight and her friend Kevin Costner shared his thoughts about her.

Kevin Costner and Whitney Houston

Kevin Costner’s has had a long acting career where he has starred in films like Dancing with WolvesRobin Hood, The Untouchables and The Bodyguard. Although he is older now he still has plenty to offer through on-screen roles as a director and producer.

Kevin and Whitney were equals in the acting world.  Whitney rose to international fame in the eighties with several hit albums, however it was the movie The Bodyguard that Houston gave her that added fame.

Her song I Will Always Love You became a worldwide hit. Costner and Houston became great friends with a bond that lasted all her life.

Kevin Costner was completely devastated and gave a speech during her funeral.Following her passing, he explained his true feelings for Whitney.

This is the story of how Kevin and Whitney became one.

Kevin Costner was only eight when Whitney Houston was born in 1963. His father was working as a electric line servicer for Southern California Edison. Costner was creative during his high school years and wrote poems and singing in the Baptist church choir.

Eventually, he moved to Fullerton to study at the California State University. There he majored in business, he also took acting classes several nights a week.

“As I approached my senior year, I had a real talk with myself about what I wanted to do and whether I just wanted to please other people,” Costner told Rolling Stone.

“And it was at that moment that I actually said to myself, ‘I’m interested in storytelling.’”

In 1978 he graduated with a business degree and got married to Cindy Costner (neé Silva).

Costner began working in marketing in Orange County., but he still wanted to become an actor. When he met actor Richard Burton on a flight whilst en route home from his and Cindy’s honeymoon in Mexico everything changed.

“He got on the plane first and had bought five seats all around him so that no one could sit next to him,” Costner told World Entertainment News Network according to a source.

“We all got on the plane and I was burning up inside because I was grappling with the idea of acting, so seeing Richard I thought was a sign. My wife didn’t even know that I was burning with this idea of what I was gonna be in my life.”

Moving to Hollywood

Kevin Costner walked over to Burton asking the actor for advice. Burton wanted to finish his book first, and so Costner waited patiently in his seat.

Eventually Richard Burton called him over where the two spoke.

“We didn’t have a lot of money for our honeymoon and my parents drove us to the airport and we were gonna catch a bus back to the Disneyland hotel. My wife and I were sitting on our suitcases waiting and this big limousine came literally about eight inches from my face and just stopped, Costner says.

“The window rolled down and Richard Burton said, ‘Good luck’, and the window went up and he drove on. I never got a chance to ever talk to Richard again so he has no idea what became of me.”

Kevin Costner then knew that he had to follow his dream. Shortly afterwards, he quit his job and moved to Hollywood in search for his acting break.

Costner didn’t know anyones when he moved to Los Angeles so he saw the rough side of show business, 

Kevin started at the very bottom he took many different jobs whilst attending auditions at the same time as he was learning how to navigate the world of show business.

Landing jobs in acting

In 1981, Costner landed smaller jobs as an actor, starring in indie films like Malibu Hot Summer, and Night Shift the following year.

Although these roles wouldn’t earn him millions there were a stepping stone to his big breakthrough.

Finally Kevin Costner got a part in The Big Chill but all of his scenes were cut out, despite the director Lawrence Kasdan remembering how good of an actor he was. In 1985 he starred in Silverado (1985), which was his first major breakthrough role.

“Costner, a relative newcomer, gives an ingratiating performance that should mark him for bigger and better things,” critic Joe Leydon wrote in a review for The Moving Picture Show.

At the same time as Silverado was preparing to air, singer Whitney Houston following the big breakthrough with her first album. In January of 1985, her self-titled debut album Whitney Houston was released.

Whitney Houston – The Bodyguard

Her album didn’t take off immediately but eventually had three No. 1 singles – Saving All My Love for YouHow Will I Know and Greatest Love of All — and eventually topped the Billboard top 200 list for 14 weeks in 1986. It sold 13x platinum, and remains one of the best selling debut albums of all time.

Whitney and Kevin had the entire world of show business at their feet. In 1990, they would meet and work together on the movie The Bodyguard.

Whitney made her acting debut in The Bodyguard. She played a petulant diva singer being protected against an assassin by a former Secret Service agent (Kevin Costner).

“I didn’t realize in Bodyguard when I wanted Whitney to play that that was such a brave move,” Costner said. “It didn’t seem to me to be a brave move at all. I thought she was the cutest girl I’ve ever seen.”

For Costner, it was a special film for many reasons.

Kevin received backlash for picking Whitney Houston for the film; as the studio thought it was strange that an African-American woman being romantically involved with his character of Frank Farmer.

“It just seemed like she was the best person,” he explained. “It didn’t feel like I was trying to cross ground. I couldn’t imagine anybody that didn’t want to kiss her.”

Straight to the top

In 1992, The Bodyguard was released and instantly became an international success. “I don’t know what it is about that movie,” Costner explained.

“Maybe it was the relationship, which was a very real one as written by Lawrence Kasdan. Maybe it was that (his bodyguard character) was not into her bulls. She was a diva, and as he tells her, ‘I’m here to keep you alive, not help you shop.’ And there’s some good man/woman stuff in there, that’s really pretty healthy. The idea that someone is willing to protect you is something very special that we all want to know in our lives.”

“And maybe it’s that last kiss,” Costner says.

Yes, the last kiss. The legendary ending of the movie where Costner and Houston kiss at the airport, while her iconic version if I Will Always Love You plays in the background. It was a tearjerking and wonderful moment, which also changed Whitney Houston’s career.

In 1972, her version of the original song recorded by Dolly Parton, was released as a single reaching number one for arecord-breaking 14 weeks on the Billboard Hot 100. This song was considered to be one of the best-selling singles of all time.

Whitney Houston – drug addiction

In 1993, Whitney Houston won three Grammy Awards, including the Album of the Year and Record of the Year in 1993. It wasn’t the first time she won a Grammy.

Whitney Houston couldn’t handle the pressure of fame and constant demand to perform so she he turned to drugs and developed an addiction.

Her friends and family describe her as two people; the dazzling pop princess Whitney Houston, and a girl rebelling against the pressure and therefore turning to drugs.

“There were a lot of expectations in terms of who she was and who people thought she was,” a close family friend told the magazine at the time of her passing.

“I think not being able to be herself 100 percent was a hell of a burden for her to have to carry. Someone may look good on the outside, sturdy and strong, [but] on the inside, you have someone who had insecurities and family issues and emotional personal issues and struggles.”

Whitney Houston – cause of death

Kevin Costner and Whitney Houston became great friends following the movie. Once he heard about her drug addiction, he tried to encourage her to fight the temptation.

“There are some people that really love Whitney, and a couple times during the last seven, eight years, (they) asked me, would I write her a letter?” he recalled.

“She would always be close to me, she would always be somebody I appreciated. When someone says, will you write a letter to someone who you know is having trouble… I did. I don’t know if those letters were ever read.”

Tragically, Whitney Houston’s drug addiction went from bad to worse. Just one day before the Grammy Awards, on February 11, 2012, she was found submerged in the bathtub of her room at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles, California. The singer had died aged 48.

The Los Angeles County Department of Coroner confirmed Houston’s death was an accidental drowning. However, heart disease and cocaine use were contributing factors.

The world was heartbroken to her of Whitney Houston’s passing. 

“My one true love”

Whitney Houston was buried at the Fairview cemetery in Westfield, New Jersey. Kevin was at the funeral to say goodbye and give a speech about his friend.

“Whitney returns home today to the place where it all began, and I urge us all, inside and outside, across the nation and around the world to dry our tears, suspend our sorrow – and perhaps our anger – just long enough, just long enough to remember the sweet miracle of Whitney”, Kevin Costner said in his speech.

“‘I was your pretend bodyguard once. And now you’re gone too soon.”

“I let her down, I should have been there and I wasn’t and now for the rest of my life I will have to live with that pain. I saved her then, I should have saved her now,” he said in a statement.

“She was my one true love. I still have I Will Always Love You as my ringtone and I count it as a badge of honour every time I get mocked for it.”

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