Brandy: "My Heart Is Destroyed" After Whitney Houston's Death

The singer opens up about losing her "idol and dear friend," who passed away on Brandy's birthday

Brandy turned 33 on Feb. 11 -- but there was no celebrating for the singer-actress, whose idol Whitney Houston died that very same day.

That night, the R&B star attended Clive Davis' somber pre-Grammys party, which turned into a memorial for Houston, whom Davis signed to Arista records in 1983.

"I really wanted to perform [that night], but I'm in a bad space right now," Brandy told Us Weekly.

On Monday, the "Boy Is Mine" singer released a statement in tribute of Houston's impact on her life and career.

"My heart is destroyed. I lost my idol and dear friend. My prayers go out to Whitney's family and her millions of fans around the world," Brandy said. "Whitney -- the greatest voice of all time -- you are my angel and I will always and forever love you."

Unlike other singers, who might have admired Houston from afar, Brandy was a colleague and friend of the late pop diva. The two starred in the popular ABC remake of Rodgers & Hammerstein's Cinderella in 1997. The television special was a monumental success that year, attracting more than 60 million viewers.

Considering their past friendship -- not to mention the fact Brandy's brother Ray J was Houston's on-again, off-again beau -- it's probable Brandy will attend the upcoming funeral Houston's mother Cissy is reportedly arranging in Newark, N. J.

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