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Whitney Houston acknowledges drug use. In Wednesday's Diane Sawyer interview, the singer and hubby Bobby Brown both come clean about their use of marijuana and other drugs

Diane Sawyer, Whitney Houston | CREATURE OF HABITS Sawyer grills Houston on her rumored drug use
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CREATURE OF HABITS Sawyer grills Houston on her rumored drug use

Whitney Houston has been ''addicted to a few things.'' So she says in an interview with Diane Sawyer airing on a special edition of ABC's ''Primetime'' on Wednesday, according to the Associated Press account of a transcript of the interview. ''My business is sex, drugs, rock and roll... I partied a lot,'' the 39-year-old singer says, in an excerpt reported by E!

The interview was taped recently at Houston's Atlanta home as part of the publicity blitz for ''Just Whitney,'' the Grammy winner's new album, which hits stores Dec. 10. During the interview, AP reports, Sawyer asks which drug Houston has abused, asking, ''Is it alcohol? Is it marijuana? Is it cocaine? Is it pills?'' Houston replies, ''It has been at times.'' Sawyer asks, ''All?'' ''At times,'' Houston says.

There's been a lot of speculation over Houston's health over the last few years, from her arrest on marijuana charges at a Hawaii airport a couple years ago (the charges were ultimately dropped) to her emaciated appearance at last year's Michael Jackson 30th anniversary special. ''Let's get that straight. I am not sick. OK?'' she says, according to AP. ''I've always been a thin girl. I am not going to be fat, ever. Let's get that straight. Whitney is not going to be fat, ever.''

Houston says she's overcome her drug past through daily prayer. ''I'm not the strongest every day, but I'm not the weakest, either. And I won't break,'' she says, according to a partial transcript released by ABC. Avoiding drugs is a matter of will power, she adds. ''It's my deciding ... it's my heart. It's what I want and I don't want. Nobody makes me do anything I don't want to do. It's my decision. So the bigger devil is me. I'm either my best friend or my worst enemy.''

Her husband, singer Bobby Brown, who was arrested last month on charges including marijuana possession, tells Sawyer that he smokes pot to alleviate the symptoms of bipolar disorder. ''Me and drugs. We're not friends. We're not friends at all,'' Brown says, according to AP. ''I'm a very high-strung person. ... [Marijuana] seems to help me ... from going up and down.''

According to the network transcript, Houston also discusses her family turmoil, including the $100 million lawsuit her father's management company has filed against her. ''It hurts right now,'' she says of the legal imbroglio. ''And I've been dealing with it. And we'll work it out, 'cause no matter what, he's my dad. And I'm his daughter.'' Still, she says, ''They'll never get $100 million out of me ... I know that.''

Originally posted Dec 03, 2002