One member of Whitney Houston’s family is speaking out after Kanye West used a controversial photo of the late singer’s bathroom for Pusha T’s new album, “Daytona.”
Houston was found dead at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in 2012. Prescription drugs were found near her body, and bottles of alcohol were found in an adjacent room at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. She was 48.
Damon Elliott, the son of Houston’s cousin Dionne Warwick, said he found out about the album cover after his daughter called him “frantic.”
“She sent me this picture from the album cover and I immediately got sick to my stomach because it took me right back to six years ago,” the music producer told People magazine. “To do something for a publicity stunt to sell records, it’s absolutely disgusting. It hurt my family and my daughter. It’s petty. It’s tacky.”
Elliott, who told the magazine that he’s worked with West on a song for R&B singer Keyshia Cole, said he was in “shock because I’m in the music business.”
“I’ve watched the train wreck happening,” he added, referring to West’s recent headlines, “but I didn’t think he’d go this far in invading someone’s family privacy.”
Pusha T, 41, told syndicated radio personality Angie Martinez that West, who produced the album, paid $85,000 to use a 2006 photo of Houston’s bathroom, filled with what appears to be drug paraphernalia. The photo was secretly taken by a family member and originally published by the National Enquirer.
Elliott told People magazine that he just wants West “to tell me why he did it. What is the creative side of this? What’s the point? It shows no creativity.”