You knew it was just a matter of time, but dammit…people couldn’t even wait a week after her home going service until they capitalized off of Whitney Houston’s death.

The supermarket tabloid the National Enquirer recently published an image of Whitney Houston’s body lying in the gold casket, and promised readers to take them inside her private viewing.

While I think it’s extra grimy for the tabloid to publish such an image, especially when Houston’s family chose to keep that section of their service private, I wonder who leaked the photo in the first place?

I hope it wasn’t one of Whitney’s friends or family members, but in an era where publications pay big money for such a photo, I can’t put it past anyone.

Houston’s family is trying to capitalize on the singer’s death in order to ensure Bobbi Kristina is taken care of. According to reports, the family has agreed to license the footage from the service to “help maximise the estate for the benefit of Bobbi Kristina.” Before her death, several outlets mentioned Houston’s money woes, and unlike other entertainers, Houston rarely wrote her own songs, which means her estate will not receive a big payday from her most famous songs.

Apparently, Houston’s ex-husband Bobby Brown might also be looking to cash-in on her death. Four years ago Brown shopped the idea of writing a tell-all book, but publishers weren’t interested because Houston’s popularity had wained. Now, things have changed.

The Huffington Post reports:

“Back in 2008, the interest in a book on Whitney Houston wasn’t that great,” a major publisher tells me. “Whitney had fallen off the radar back then … but now, following her tragic death, the market has changed. Now is the time for a book that details an honest look into the life of Whitney.”

But standing in Bobby’s way is the confidentiality agreement he signed when his divorce was finalized, plus the impact that a tell-all would have on his daughter, Bobbi Kristina.

“Bobby loves all his children,” his former attorney, Phaedra Parks told me days after Whitney died. “He would do anything to protect all his children.”

But friends of Whitney tell me they are not so sure.

“This is a man who left his ex-wife’s funeral because he didn’t like his seats and went to a paying gig that night,” a friend of the diva tells me. “He didn’t get on stage that night because he needed to sing his greatest hits or because Whitney would have wanted him to entertain his fans, he did it to get a paycheck — the same reason he now wants to write a tell-all book.”

I guess we’ll just have to wait and see who else tries to cash in on Whitney Houston’s legacy.

  • d_nicegirl

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  • Yara

    You know what r problem is. We alway lknoiog for a good lknoiog person in r life.There the one that give you the problems. If he do not look like model or if she do not have a big ass little waist and a pretty face that person is not good for you. Let mariah, whitney and usher live. They must have something in common with nick, ray-j and tameka. I seen alot of people leave beautiful people for someone that they do not have to have alot of drama from. We need to stop lknoiog at look and look at someone that going to respect you. BUT I NOTICE ALOT OF PEOPLE DO LOVE DRAMA. So go whitney. Not saying she a crackhead but she look alittle crackish lol.

  • David

    Man this ish is rediculous. First Whitney then Mariah I beviele they both are going through a mid-life crisis and tryna find a young dude to help them with TWO OF THE LAMEST DUDES EVER!!!! Man Ray J want to be hard wit those ashy ass elbows and Nick Cannon is another lame duck. Man this makes me dislike the both of them (Mariah and Whitney) Im looking like damn I could’ve had a chance with the both of them if I was in the right place at the right time since they’re that vulnerable. Damn ladies

  • Hatake

    It’s amazing how you cichks hate on Mariah and Nick who actually looks happy and drug free, but ya’ll just loving nasty whitney and dirty Ray J who has raw sex on tape with Kim slutty kardasiian . Whitney Houston is a MESS, her song is a MESS, her wigs are a MESS, her shoes are a MESS, her daughter is a MESS, She’s the black Amy Winehouse. Whitney has tooooooo much money to be walking around looking like a bag lady in a grandma wig, bitch get ur nails done too.

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