Whitney Houston, Jermaine Jackson had secret love affair
Whitney Houston was so smitten with Jermaine Jackson that her 1985 No. hit Saving All My Love For You was sung with him in mind, and the video even starred a Jermaine lookalike. All the details of their secret love affair are coming out now in a new report in the UK's Sun.
"The blockbuster ballad is about a woman having a romance with a married man — as Jackson was at the time — and waiting for him to be hers," the Sun reports. "The romance explains why 56-year-old Jermaine — a married man at the time — was so devastated by pop diva Whitney's death in a Los Angeles hotel last month."
Of course, Whitney didn't actually write the song for Jermaine. The song was originally recorded by Marilyn McCoo and Billy Davis Jr. in 1978, says songfacts.com, with lyrics written by Gerry Goffin and music by Michael Masser.
La Toya Jackson confirmed the affair Monday.
Wow. That's a lot to contemplate. Here are some other revelations from the Sun report:
- Michael Jackson knew about the affair but didn't approve of it.
- The links between Whitney's and Michael's death were hard for Jermaine to bear. (Both died as the result of drug overdoses.)
- The lovers first met when Jermaine was brought in to produce Whitney and duet with her in the early '80s.
- At the time, Jermaine was married to the daughter of Motown's Berry Gordy, a person surely nobody dared to cross in the early stage of a music career. (Jermaine divorced his wife in 1988, and remarried again in 2004.)