Céline Dion Remembers Whitney Houston: "Drugs," "Bad Influences Took Over"

Singer pays tribute to her career inspiration on Good Morning America, calls death "very unfortunate" and a great loss for music industry

By Gina Serpe Feb 13, 2012 4:02 PMTags

Whitney Houston will be remembered not only by her fans, but by her peers, for years to come.

And that's for both good and bad reasons.

Fellow vocal powerhouse Céline Dion phoned into Good Morning America this morning ostensibly to pay tribute to her iconic late colleague in the wake of her tragically sudden death, and while she credited Houston with being one of the driving inspirations of her career and took time out to appreciate the legend that she was, she spoke at length about the personal demons that so obviously plagued the singer.

"Whitney's been an amazing inspiration for me," Dion said. "I've been singing with her my whole career, actually. I wanted to have a career like hers, sing like her, look beautiful like her.

"It's just very unfortunate that drugs and, I don't know, bad people or bad influences took over. It took over her dreams, it took over her love and motherhood…I mean, you think about Elvis Presley, Marilyn Monroe, Michael Jackson, Amy Winehouse, to get into drugs like that for whatever reason, is it because of the stress, the stress and bad influence, what happens?

"What happens when you have everything?"

To be clear, no cause of death has been declared in Houston's sudden death Saturday, though the singer had always been open about her notorious addiction issues.

Still, Dion noted that Houston's music has meant a whole lot to a whole lot of people.

"When music helps or when music changes the lives of a lot of people…I'm sure that her music has helped a lot of people. Music is therapeutic, it's helping a lot of people.

"It's tragic. Her music will live forever, but it's not enough. Time after time we lose people—it's too soon and there's no time for that. I mean, taking pills to go perform and taking pills to wake up and taking pills to go to bed...It's so unfortunate."

Celine's tribute was emotional and because of that, her rambling became slightly unfocused, eventually devolving into a statement on Dion's own fear of show business.

"There's something that happens that I don't understand, and that's why I'm so scared," the clearly shocked singer told GMA's Robin Roberts. "I'm scared of show business, I'm scared of drugs, I'm scared of hanging out, and that's why I don't do parties and hanging out, and that's why I'm not part of show business. We have to be afraid."

Though not now. Right now, the only thing the music world has to do is mourn.