Tina Brown says she sold the rights to photo years ago.
The photo was originally published in 2006 while Houston was still alive when The National Enquirer bought it from Tina Brown as part of a story. According to Brown, though, the photo was “not a betrayal of one another” and insists that “Throughout that chaotic time and until her death, Whitney and I remained the best of friends and sisters.”
Brown has decided to speak out in order to clear the air on speculation of her exploitation of the photo once again for financial gain.
“During the time the picture was taken, in 2006, my sister Whitney and I were at a very low and self-destructive point in our lives, it was not only her mess, it was mine as well.” She says. “Together, she and I decided to take the pictures in the bathroom and share with the world, the pain we were going through … it was a united cry for help.”
She adds, “the public attention and speculation brought on by Kanye’s broadcasted purchase of that picture and usage have opened old wounds.”