Eddie Murphy told Whitney Houston it'd be ‘a mistake’ to marry Bobby Brown hours before wedding

Singer Whitney Houston and comedian/actor Eddie Murphy attend the United Negro College Fund's 10th Annual "Lou Rawls Parade of Stars" Telethon Kick-Off Party on November 15, 1989 at L'Ermitage in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./Ron Galella Collection via Getty Images)
Hollywood legend Eddie Murphy reportedly tried to stop Whitney Houston from marrying R&B 'bad boy' Bobby Brown (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./Ron Galella Collection via Getty Images)

Eddie Murphy tried to stop Whitney Houston from marrying R&B artist Bobby Brown, the late singer’s best friend has claimed.

In her upcoming book A Song for You: My Life With Whitney Houston, Robyn Crawford claimed that the I Will Always Love You was always “interested” in the Beverly Hills Cop star but because he was so “elusive,” she decided to enter into a relationship with Brown.

In an excerpt published by People, she goes on to recall how Murphy was supposed to visit Houston’s New Jersey mansion one evening in the late 1980s and The Bodyguard actress pulled out all the stops to impress the comedian.

UNITED STATES - JUNE 12:  Whitney Houston is joined by her husband, singer Bobby Brown, at ceremonies in East Orange, N.J., where the Franklin School was renamed the Whitney E. Houston Academy of Creative and Performing Arts.  (Photo by Richard Corkery/NY Daily News Archive via Getty Images)
Houston and Brown were married from 1992 to 2007 (Photo by Richard Corkery/NY Daily News Archive via Getty Images)

"One day when Eddie was supposed to come for dinner, I caught a glimpse of Whitney. She was wearing a black dress and low-heeled slingbacks,” Crawford, who has also written about her intimate relationship with the star, wrote. “For a moment, I thought ‘Boy, I wish she was doing that for me.'"

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But Houston, who died in 2012, was left devastated when Murphy “never showed up.” So it came as a shock to her – and everyone close to her – when he called her up on the morning of her and Brown’s wedding in July 1992 to say “she was making a mistake.”

Robyn Crawford (right) and guest during Beyonce Knowles at the North American Debut of the Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren at the Esquire Apartment 2003 - Inside at Esquire Apartment, Trump World Tower in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by KMazur/WireImage for Esquire Magazine - USA)
Houston's closest confidante Robyn Crawford (right) revealed Murphy's attempts to thwart the nuptials in her new memoir, 'A Song For You: My Life with Whitney Houston' (Photo by KMazur/WireImage for Esquire Magazine - USA)

Despite Murphy’s protestations, Houston went on to wed Brown. The couple were together for 15 years, in what became a notoriously tumultuous marriage, before divorcing in 2007. They had one child together, a daughter named Bobbi Kristina Brown, who died three years after her mother in 2015.

Elsewhere in the memoir, Crawford appeared to confirm that she and Houston had a “physical” relationship, which is something that has long been rumoured since the pair met at summer camp 39 years ago.

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“She said if people find out about us, they would use this against us and back in the ’80s that’s how it felt,” she remembered. “I kept it safe. I found comfort in my silence.”