X Factor USA’s Stacy Francis: Whitney Houston Was ‘Out of Control’ At Pre Grammy Party
Following the reports that she and Whitney Houston had a fight at the pre-Grammy Awards party just days before Whitney’s tragic death, X Factor USA finalist Stacy Francis has revealed what exactly went on that night.
Admitting in a recent interview that she “regrets” getting into an argument with the late musical icon, the singer, who was mentored by Simon Cowell on the X Factor USA told the Mirror:
“She was out of control. She put her hand in my face. She was screaming at me and called me a b***h. She just went crazy – like Jekyll and Hyde. I turned to look at her and she pushed my forehead and turned my face away. I grabbed her hand and said, ‘Please don’t do this. You’re everything to me. You’re my idol, you’re a legend.’
“I was crying and screaming out, we were both screaming until eventually we were pulled apart.”
The star who is thought to have angered Whitney because she was talking to Ray J, Whitney’s on/off beau, added: “There was a lot of alcohol there. She was doing shots. I saw her drink one before she went on stage to sing and then she had another one when she came off. Ray had come over to me when he got there and he hugged me and said congratulations on the X Factor. He had known me for about 20 years and he was happy for me being on such a big show.
“But I don’t think Whitney understood. I was with a date. It wasn’t what she thought, but then Ray’s friend stepped between us and I heard Ray telling Whitney that I was a friend of the family. It was really cramped by the stage and at one point I was so close to Whitney that our bodies were touching.
“She said, ‘Why are you here? Who’s the bitch?’ It was really weird because we’d been talking for hours … It all went very wrong when she put her hand in my face and pushed my forehead. I was very hurt. I said to her, ‘The thing we don’t want is Stacy Francis from the X Factor fighting Whitney Houston. Please honey, we don’t want that.’ I just wanted to grab her and hug her.”
Stacy also revealed that Whitney was “considering” becoming a judge on the X Factor USA.
Whitney with daughter Bobbi Kristina at the pre-Grammy Awards party