Forget The Boy is Mine, Whitney Houston belongs to Brandy.
On a day when Houston would have turned 54, Brandy took to Instagram to wish the late singer a happy birthday.
“Lord have mercy on my soul!!! Happy Born Day Whitney,” Brandy captioned a photo collage of herself and Houston.
“You live on in me… I can feel your Spirit inside of me and all around me. My angel, my friend, my fairy God Mother. I love you forever… thank you for trusting me with the torch!!!”
Prior to Brandy’s post, fellow musician Monica also paid birthday tributes to the “I Will Always Love You” singer.
Shortly after Monica’s upload, Brandy followed up with two additional posts, before commenting about the negativity that surrounded her own birthday messages. [via The Jasmine Brand]
“Don’t project your [sic] petty on me… she passed the torch when she passed on my birthday. I have a duty to do what she asked me to do and not anyone else,” she wrote. “No one knows what we talked about and no one knows what the note said but she gave it to me and I made her a promise! So you, your faves, and your followers can sit down somewhere and I don’t follow oh girl so I don’t know what she post, or posted. Whitney loved us both so I don’t see the competition or the comparison. But truth is, I was closer to Whitney and that means a lot to me. It’s one thing to deal with my Idol passing and it’s more excruciating for her to pass on my birthday so I take that as a sign that she wanted me to go out and be my greatest self and make her proud. The note, passing on my day, is the #Torch.”
Instagram users surmised that “oh girl” was a reference to Monica. And the spillage bled onto Twitter.
Game night with Brandy must be exhausting whenever whips out the Ouija board to chat with Whitney
— Ira Madison III (@ira) August 9, 2017
Monica: Happy Birthday Whitn–
— Ace of Shades (@Beymonce) August 9, 2017
[Monica honors Whitney in IG post]
Brandy: I WILL NEVER FORGET THE TIME WHITNEY AND I DID CINDERELLA AND SHE LET ME HOLD HER PURSE ON SET
— Bitch, You Tried It. (@thewayoftheid) August 9, 2017
Whitney Houston passed a “torch” to Brandy?? pic.twitter.com/zmXSAUQwtS
— ThrillaFrmCamilla (@_Ahreeahnah) August 9, 2017
While fans slammed Brandy, actress Keke Palmer offered support for the 90s hitmaker.
Brandy slander? The first black cover girl? The first black Barbie doll? The one with the hit shows/albums? Internet has a short memory.
— 🚨K E K E 🚨 (@KekePalmer) August 9, 2017