Robyn Crawford, Whitney Houston’s Best Friend, is Married to Lisa Hintelmann


Apr. 25 2023, Published 11:42 a.m. ET

Fans of late musician Whitney Houston likely recognize the name Robyn Crawford. Throughout nearly two decades of the "I Will Always Love You" singer's career, Robyn — a childhood friend of Whitney's who eventually worked as her assistant — was there every step of the way. Robyn's relationship with Whitney was also often questioned as being more than platonic.

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In 2019, Robyn published a memoir titled A Song for You: My Life with Whitney Houston, in which she chronicled her life and relationship with the singer. After she finally confirmed they had been romantic at one point, many fans became curious about where Robyn is now and if she's married.

Keep reading for for all the details on Robyn's wife, including how the two met.

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Who is Robyn Crawford's wife?

Due to the controversy around her relationship with Whitney Houston when the songstress was alive, Robyn had mostly kept out of the spotlight following her death — until her 2019 memoir. Not much is known about Robyn's personal life other than she did settle down with a wife and two adopted children.

Robyn's wife's name is Lisa Hintelmann, and she is the head of talent and entertainment partnerships at Audible, per LinkedIn. Lisa does have social media accounts, but they are currently listed as private.

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When did Robyn Crawford meet Lisa Hintelmann?

Robyn met Lisa around the time she was "exiting Houston's orbit," as The Guardian puts it. Lisa was a calm presence in Robyn's chaotic life at the time, and she encouraged Robyn to go to therapy as well.

Lisa Hintelmann (L), Robyn Crawford, and CEO of Roc-A-Fella Records/Rocawear Damon Dash look at a copy of Dash's new magazine 'New America'.
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Lisa, Robyn, and Damon Dash in 2004

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Since Robyn's memoir was published, she has been more open about her sexuality and the nature of her relationship with Whitney, which she described in the book in this way: "We were friends. We were lovers. We were everything to each other."

Now, Robyn is a bestselling author and a mom!

Were Whitney Houston and Robyn Crawford a couple?

Whitney Houston and Robyn Crawford sitting together.
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Robyn and Whitney were never an official couple, though the things that transpired between them behind closed doors might have been construed as such. After years of holding it in, Robyn admitted she and Whitney were intimate, but that the two couldn’t be anything more than friends, especially after Whitney signed her first contract with Arista Records at the age of 19.

Around that time, Whitney went to Robyn’s home “handed her a Bible and told her they had to quit having sex,” The Guardian notes. Not only did the two come from “God-fearing households,” but Whitney feared the status of their relationship would be used against her as her career took off. After that, Robyn remained a committed friend and assistant to the late singer, nothing more.

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