Kanye West shocked fans when he dropped $85,000 for rights to use a photo of the late singer Whitney Houston’s drug den on Pusha T’s new album Daytona. Now RadarOnline.com has obtained more photos of Houston’s filthy bathroom, which were first published by The National ENQUIRER in April 2006. Click through the gallery to see shots of the disturbing scene.
The pictures, snapped by Tina Brown, sister of the late singer’s then-husband, Bobby Brown, showed trash, leftover food, empty beer cans, drug residue, pipes, spoons and lighters littering the filthy countertop in Houston’s bathroom.
At the time, Tina, a recovering addict who used to do drugs with Houston, once detailed how her former sister-in-law had hit rock bottom, spending days doing drugs locked in the bathroom or at crack dens in Atlanta.
The shocking revelation of how the superstar was living was Tina’s attempt to get her into rehab. “I hope this time it works,” said Tina in 2006. “She can still come back and be the star she was, the singer the world adored. I pray to God she’ll get herself clean for good.”
Tragically, Houston kept returning to the squalor of her drug-addicted lifestyle.
On Feb. 11, 2012, Houston was discovered facedown and dead in a bathtub filled with water at the Beverly Hilton hotel. Drug paraphernalia surrounded the 48-year-old star.
It’s still unclear exactly why West decided the photo of Houston’s bathroom best represented Pusha T’s album.
Pusha T recently went on The Angie Martinez Show to talk about West’s odd choice. "1 a.m., my phone rings, no caller-ID. 'Hey, yeah, I think that we should change the artwork. I like this other artwork.' Now this other artwork is 85 grand," said the musician. West, who footed the bill, told Pusha T that the choice was “what people need to see to go along with this music.”
In a throwback to West’s own dark days and meltdown following the release of his album The Life of Pablo, Pusha T revealed West was obsessing over changes to Daytona just hours before it dropped on May 25.
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