London: Whitney Houston is at the centre of a bizarre suicide mystery after she was reportedly seen covered in blood hours before her death. The tragic diva, 48, was spotted with her arms slashed before bingeing on drugs and booze.
A source in the US said she had cut herself with a razor blade in the toilet of a Los Angeles nightclub after seeing her on-off lover Ray J, 31, chatting to another woman. Just 48 hours later she was found slumped in the bath of her suite at the Beverly Hilton hotel, surrounded by bottles of tranquillisers. Houston had stumbled out of the trendy Tru Hollywood club cut and bleeding after spending hours downing champagne and tequila. Just before leaving the nightspot she had a furious row with US X Factor finalist Stacy Francis, 42, for chatting to singer Ray J.
“She was like a wild animal, screaming at me not to go near her man and calling me a bitch,” a leading daily has quoted Francis as saying.
“Ray and I have known each other for years and are just friends. I was telling Whitney to stop, that she was an idol of mine,” he said.
Claims that the Houston got scratched during the row have been dismissed as the reality show star has insisted she never touched her.
“Whitney was totally drunk and the sight of Ray J talking to another woman pushed her over the edge,” an insider in the US said.
“She flew into a complete rage, went into the bathroom of the club and tried to slit her wrists. It was a real cry for help and probably a bit of attention-seeking as the cuts were not that deep. But they were bad enough to leave her bleeding and in a mess. There was blood all over her,” the insider added.
The pop-star’s devastated daughter Bobbi Kristina, 18, is feared to be suicidal after downing drink and prescription pills after her mother’s death on February 11.