Whitney Houston gave up a dream as a fruit drinks seller in paradise to make a musical comeback.
The R&B diva had to be coaxed back into the studio by her mentor Clive Davis to record a new album after years spent battling drug problems - because she was planning to sell up and start all over again as a simple beach store owner.
In an exclusive new TV interview with Oprah Winfrey, the singer says, "Yep, a fruit stand and selling some fruit drinks to some people... Me and my daughter living on an island with a beach... living the simple life.
"You've gotta understand I had been all around the the world... and I had done it all at that point in time.
"However, I wasn't remembering the gift that God had given me. I had totally kinda put that aside.
"At that time in my life I was going through so much trauma... I thought that was enough for me. I had the money, I had the cars, I had the house, I had the husband, I had the kid and none of it was really that fulfilling... I needed my joy back, I needed that peace."
Houston reveals Davis urged her to give up her island dreams because she had much more to do before she could call it quits on her career: "He said, 'No, there's more to go.'"