Whitney Houston and Kevin Costner worked closely together on the set of The Bodyguard in 1992.
Twenty years later, Houston was unfortunately found dead in her bathtub after drowning due to coronary artery disease and cocaine intoxication. She was only 48 years old.
Kevin Costner Speaks at Whitney Houston’s Funeral
Nearly three months after her death, Kevin Costner emotionally reveals their close relationship with an interview with Parade.
“When [Whitney died], immediately people were on the airwaves talking about it. It’s unusual to watch the world talking about someone that you have a fairly unique relationship with,” Costner said. “It’s almost surreal. This little drumbeat began: ‘You need to say something.'”
Kevin Costner took the duty of creating her eulogy with the utmost importance.
“My wife and I flew into New York on a Friday night, and the next day we went to the funeral. I was writing [my eulogy] on the plane, in the limo, in bed. It was important.”
Both Whitney Houston and Kevin Costner grew up Baptist. So, when Costner walked into the church for the funeral service, he thought he knew how it would play out, but he revealed that the church was instead “electric.” Costner goes on to highlight the two’s relationship, how they were more similar than many guessed.
“When I first walked into that church, it was electric, man. I started [speaking] with the idea that sometimes what you think life will be, it won’t be at all, and about what was real between Whitney and me, what we talked about—being in church when we were little, both getting in trouble, about our not wanting to be preachers. I wanted to impart a bit of the Whitney that I knew, and maybe people could think about her in a different way.”
Trouble on the Horizon
In the eulogy, Kevin Costner also explained how he was aware of Houston’s struggles, yet it didn’t discredit her work.
“Oh, yes. I tried to identify it in my eulogy. … I think about Whitney a little bit the way I think about the Kennedys, I know there’s trouble, but I choose to think about a lot of other stuff. The trouble is as real as the achievement, but it does not tarnish it.”
Whitney Houston was laid to rest in her home state of New Jersey.
Kevin Costner currently resides in California at the age of 66. He still is working in Hollywood, playing John Dutton on the set of Yellowstone.