'I've matured': Whitney Houston appeared to have finally battled her demons as she opened up during FINAL ever interview


By J J Anisiobi and Nadia Mendoza

Whitney Houston said she believed she had 'matured' just two months before her death.

Speaking to Access Hollywood’s Shaun Robinson on the set of new film Sparkle last November, the iconic singer, 48, also revealed that 2011 marked her 30th anniversary of being in showbiz.

Tragically, the six-times Grammy-winner died yesterday after she was found at the Beverly Hills Hilton.

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Tragic: Whitney Houston gave her final interview just two months ago on the set of new film Sparkle

Speaking of her latest movie, in which she was also billed as executive producer, Whitney said: 'I'm older, I've matured. I feel honoured, I feel humbled to still do what I do.'

She said having a daughter of her own, 18-year-old Bobbi Kristina, inspired her to take on the role.

'I feel love for a woman in the Sixties trying to hold her family together as a single mother. I felt a passion for it. I've had a lot of practice.'

The chart-topping legend also paid tribute to co-star Jordin Sparks, who plays her onscreen child.

Whitney said: 'Jordin has it down! I can remember doing The Bodyguard, I was petrified, working with Kevin Costner, the hottest guy in Hollywood.'

'I've matured': Whitney, seen here with Jordin Sparks in the film Sparkle, said she had finally grown up

She continued: 'I've got 30 years under my belt now. It's 30 years this year. There'll be the ups and downs and all-arounds. Your belief and faith and determination (is what keep me going)... it is a blessing I have a mother that is very strong and family that constantly tell me they love me.'

The mother-of-one also hinted she would be on board for a sequel to 1995 film Waiting To Exhale.

She said: 'That Terry McMillan keeps calling me about Exhale 2. I guess it's inevitable... I'm not going to say no.'

During the interview last November in Detroit, Whitney said: 'I’ve got some good saints out there, that pray for me constantly. You’ve got to have that.'

Troubled: Houston looked worse for wear as she left Tru Hollywood nightclub earlier this week

Fears were raised this week, when a worse for wear Whitney appeared to still enjoy hard partying.

The superstar singer had been a guest at the Kelly Price & Friends Unplugged: For The Love Of R&B Grammy Party at Tru Hollywood and had even performed during the night.

Dressed all in black, the How Will I Know star appeared angry and agitated as she left the venue.

Wearing a short black dress, she emerged with her hair messed up and gestured aggressively to the waiting photographers.

Stand by me: The singer was in dire need of some serious aid from her entourage

Whitney had what is believed to be blood dripping down her leg and scratches on her wrist and she had to be escorted from the club to her car by a few people.

Her entourage guided her into the back of a large vehicle as the singer signed some autographs before being driven off.

She started off the night well and was cheered when she performed a duet with Kelly Price.

According to recent reports the highly decorated Houston has squandered her fortune and is on the brink of bankruptcy as well as facing mortgage foreclosure.

Waving away: The superstar singer was surrounded by her fans as she left the club

The Morris County Sheriff's Office recently authorised the mortgage foreclosure sale of her 10-acre New Jersey mansion for over $1million in overdue mortgage payments and taxes.

It was reported last week that the $6million estate may be seized and sold as part of proceedings.

However, Whitney's publicist has claimed that the star's home is not in any danger of mortgage foreclosure and she is up to date with all payments.

Houston, who has overcome crack cocaine addiction, has allegedly spent all of her fortune, including a reported $100million record deal.

Star quality: The singer was surrounded by fans and her bodyguards had to rally round her

Goodnight and good luck: Whitney kissed goodbye to her supporters as she jumped into her car

She is being financially supported by her record label Arista, which has given her an advance payment on her next album, according to reports.

‘Whitney's fortune is gone. Music industry heavy hitters are supporting her and her label is fronting her cash against her next album, but no one knows when that will be released’ a source told Radar.

‘She might be homeless if not for people saving her. She is broke as a joke.’

Whitney - whose ex-husband is Bobby Brown - is believed to be in such a dire financial position she has even had to resort to contacting friends for small loans.

In the beginning: Whitney took to the stage with Kelly Price for the Grammy party

The source added: ‘She called someone to ask for $100. It is so sad. She should have Mariah Carey money, and she's flat broke.’

A spokesperson for the singer strongly denied the claims when contacted by MailOnline and said: 'That is ridiculous and not true! She stars in Sparkle... She just wrapped the film.'

In August 2001, Whitney signed the biggest record deal in music history at the time with Arista/BMG, renewing her contract with the label for $100million to deliver six new albums.

She released her last LP I Look to You in August 2009.

Dance with somebody: The songstress enjoyed herself at the party before emerging later looking disheveled