Whitney Houston had a lot of admirers, but perhaps the most infamous of all was Osama bin Laden.
In 2006, after Sudanese poet Kola Book wrote a book entitled Diary of a Lost Girl about her four-month stint as bin Laden's sex slave ten years earlier, and included this titilating bit, excerpted by the Daily Mail, about the terrorist leader's obsession with the now-deceased queen of pop, despite his disdain for her music:
Osama kept coming back to Whitney Houston, she says in the book, excerpted in the magazine Harpers' Bazaar. He asked if I knew her personally when I lived in America. I told him I didn't. He said that he had a paramount desire for Whitney Houston, and although he claimed music was evil he spoke of someday spending vast amounts of money to go to America and try to arrange a meeting with the superstar. It didn't seem impossible to me. He said he wanted to give Whitney Houston a mansion that he owned in a suburb of Khartoum. He explained to me that to possess Whitney he would be willing to break his colour rule and make her one of his wives. Whitney Houston's name was the one that would be mention constantly. How beautiful she was, what a nice smile she has, how truly Islamic she is but is just brainwashed by American culture and by her husband Bobby Brown, whom Osama talked about having killed, as if it were normal to have women's husbands killed.
She also wrote of the late al-Qaeda leader's copies of Playboy magazine, which he kept in his briefcase.