Alicia opens up about her relationship with the late singer

Alicia Keys has revealed that she and Whitney Houston became very close friends before her death in February this year.

The Girl On Fire singer, 31, got together with Whitney after agreeing to co-write her comeback single Million Dollar Bill in 2009 and the women had a lot of laughs together.

‘I think a lot of people made Whitney seem proper and perfect – like a princess,’ says Alicia, ‘so it was great to see her be funny and personable.

‘I really identified with her. We laughed the entire time.’

Alicia, who is still finding it hard to come to terms with Whitney’s death, knows the I Have Nothing singer was always there for her.

‘She would call and check up on me and come visit me,’ she tells The Sunday Time Culture Magazine.

‘We really became sisters – we had nicknames for each other and everything.’

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Natalie Walsh