Scott Gries/ImageDirectWhitney Houston’s nephew, Gary Michael Houston, is coming out in support of Kanye West and Pusha T, who recently used a controversial photo of the late singer’s bathroom, in which it’s believed drug paraphernalia was visible, for Pusha T’s album cover.
Gary Michael Houston, the 31-year-old son of Whitney Houston’s older brother, Michael, told ABC News in a statement Saturday that Whitney Houston’s fans should direct their anger at the unnamed family member who first snapped the 2006 photo. It was then sold and originally published in the National Enquirer.
“Not to be divisive, but I’m of a different mindset when it comes to situations like this. People will automatically look to people like Pusha T and Kanye West and try to place blame or say they have ill or malicious intent in order to gain publicity. But I get it. I get the correlation,” Houston said in a statement. “And I actually love the album.”
“Bottom line — they are artists and in this day and age, if they can afford to pay someone for usage of that photograph in order to convey a visual message to accompany their musicianship … then so be it,” he added.
Houston explained that “the bigger issue is deeper and one that most people (including folks who claim to be so heartbroken and traumatized by the usage of the photo) choose to conveniently ignore and bypass.”
“The person who violated the trust of my aunt by taking the photo and selling it to tabloids for their own personal and/or financial gain is more of a travesty to me,” Houston said. “People should research that — because whoever exposed it are the people who violated her trust, mistreated her, and who should ultimately be held accountable for contributing to circumstances surrounding her demise.”
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