“Whitney told me she had known Ray since he was 10 years old,” Francis tells The Daily Beast. I think we should all respect that.” Francis wouldn’t discuss what happened that night, but she says Ray J is a pal of hers and they never dated.Despite his reputation as a ladies’ man, Ray J still charmed Houston. He’s the 31-year-old star of VH1’s For the Love of Ray J, a dating show that was a cross between The Bachelor and Flavor of Love.She listened to the diva’s albums nonstop and watched The Bodyguard repeatedly.She finally got to work with her idol in a 1997 made-for-TV movie version of Cinderella in which Houston played the fairy godmother.
“Ray was grounded in what was entertainment and what was reality,” says a source.Ray J—William Ray Norwood Jr.—grew up with aspirations of becoming a minister, but settled on a career as a child actor when he was cast in The Sinbad Show at 12.He tried to distinguish himself from his sister, but continually fell in her shadow.One of his most prominent roles was as a supporting character in Brandy’s TV series Moesha.updated PM EST, Sat February 11, 2012 CNN Los Angeles (CNN) -- Legendary pop singer Whitney Houston was found dead Saturday at a Beverly Hills, California, hotel, officials said. The entertainer, whose incredible talent was discovered at an early age, was pronounced dead at p.m. ET) at the Beverly Hilton hotel despite resuscitation efforts, a police spokesman said. Mark Rosen said there were "no obvious signs of criminal intent" and that the cause of her death is being investigated.
Houston's bodyguard found her body, said Courtney Barnes, publicist for hip-hop artist Ray J, who was dating the pop diva.