What Whitney Houston’s Last Autographs Reveal

By Kathi McKnight,
Master Certified Expert Handwriting Analyst

Whitney Houston signing her last documented autograph, Thursday, Feb. 9, 2012.

 

Whitney Houston

Raw Talent, Big Presence, Troubled Handwriting

The music world and fans were stunned and saddened by the sudden death on February 11 of Whitney Houston .

Despite tumultuous public battles with addictions and substance abuse, she will be remembered most of all for her legendary, extraordinary voice. But while her voice expressed the heavenly gift deep in her soul, her handwriting reveals the demons she struggled with.

Join me now in taking an exclusive look at what was going on deep inside this beloved Pop Diva’s soul in the final hours of her life, via the insights her very own handwriting reveals.

Whitney Houston February 9, 2012

Two days before her unexpected death, TMZ and paparazzi captured Whitney signing her last two documented autographs. Disheveled looking, she wasn’t the Whitney we were used to seeing.

 

Whitney's Houston's first album, and one of the last two she signed.

Whitney's first album, and one of the last two she signed.

One autograph she signed was on her first album, “Whitney Houston,” a top seller. The cover shows Whitney looking sleek and divine like the goddess of pop music that she was.

But her handwriting…was a mess. You don’t have to be a certified graphologist to see the writing on the wall.

Were there any clues in those final autographs to give a warning that she had just given her last performance? Revealing that for Whitney Houston, the final curtain had just come down?

It had been so many years since Whitney included a smiley face in her autographs, yet on this night, where her final performance was captured at the Tru Nightclub in Hollywood, she signed her autographs with a smiley face superimposed over her signature.

She wanted the world to see her as happy, like in the old days. Tangled and illegible her autograph reveals much more than meets the eye.

Come with me for an insider’s look.
I’ll teach you how to read between the lines.

Our signature, autograph, our John Hancock—whatever you want to call it—is our personal logo. It is the public profile we want the world to see.

While it must be noted that no one can be fully known or analyzed by just their signature alone, and that full handwriting samples are strongly recommended for a full analysis, do not dismiss the power a signature carries.

The signature is just the tip of the iceberg, and what does show up, can carry 3-5 times the weight of importance compared to the rest of one’s handwriting.

Think of it this way:  What if those on the Titanic had paid attention to the tip of the iceberg? Would the fate of those on board have turned out differently?

 

Signatures: When they are legible the writer is willing to let you see him or her. They are interested in communicating.

When the signature is illegible (as many super stars’ are) it means they only will let you in so far to see them. And they don’t really want you to know who they are. You are not invited in past a certain point. It also means they may have found a fast way to sign their name if they have to sign their name a LOT.

Many celebrities and “regular folk” too, sign their name with the first letter much larger than the rest of the writing; especially if they tend to be successful in business. This is commonly known to reveal a writer who has a “healthy ego” and it is generally accepted. Most people realize it takes a strong sense of self to be successful in the world at large.

Keep in mind, there are no mistakes in handwriting.

Handwriting does not lie.

 

There are over 5,000 things that handwriting reveals about the person being analyzed, and only about things that it doesn’t:

  • It does not predict the future.
  • It does not tell the age of the signer.
  • It does not tell the gender.
  • And it does not tell if the signer is right handed or left handed.

(The last one surprises everyone!)

What we look at as a professional graphologist are the upper loops, the lower loops, the size, the pressure, where the t’s are dotted, where the i’s are crossed, if the writing is rounded or pointed, the slant, where it is placed on the page and soooo much more.

Then…we stack all of these things together!

Whitney Houston's last autograph on a 12-inch single.

Looking at Whitney’s final autographs above, if you didn’t see the picture or know it was her name ahead of time, would you be able to read this signature?

No.

Me neither.

I’m a handwriting analyst, not a mind reader.

Do you see the check-mark far above the letter i? That is her i dot and it reveals annoyance and irritation. Yet she is putting on a happy face (or so she thinks) with a very sloppy attempt at superimposing a smiley face. She had been drinking when she autographed these pictures. Even still, she wrote uphill which usually means optimism. She was feeling high and having a good time. Some say when writing is slanted so epically up hill, the writer is trying hard to deny and overcome depression.

Notice the height of the letters in these two autographs. I’m not talking just about the first letter of her name. I’m referring to any and all letter that naturally go into the upper zone, in this case the “h” and “t”. When letters reaching into the upper zone are more than 3 times the height of the middle zone, it is an indicator of vanity.

No big deal you say? After all, if anyone had reason to be vain, it would be Whitney Houston. Gorgeous, rich, beloved, talented beyond reason, all true.

Michael Jackson had the trait of vanity in his autographs and hand-writings too.

In an interview with Oprah Winfrey, Houston shared her feelings about performing with Michael Jackson at his 30th-anniversary special in 2001 saying it opened her eyes, that she saw him as a “mirror” because he reflected her own issues with addictions. “I just remember doing the anniversary special and I remember looking at Michael and I remember looking at myself and I was getting scared looking at him,” she said. “I was looking at myself. I don’t want it to be like this. Mike and I were very close.”

While there are quite a few other factors found in these autographs, look at the height of some of the letters in “Whitney.” They are disproportionately tall compared to the other letters. You could go mountain climbing over those tall letters.

In handwriting analysis when a person unconsciously writes strokes and letters that are disproportionally tall in their height compared to the rest of the writing (specifically compared to the middle zone letters) it is a clear indicator of vanity.

And this seems to be the crux of her demise. It is one of the more unfortunate and potent traits that were setting her up for a fall.

When vanity is discovered in handwriting, it reveals a writer who prefers high achievement to emotional satisfaction. There is arrogance and a dogmatic approach to living life. The writer has intense pride in herself and what she has achieved. But here is the kicker:

Rejection can cause acute anxiety to
the person with vanity in their writing.

This trait of vanity as it is discovered in handwriting means the writer is enslaved to adoration, constant praise and attention. They are the most susceptible to flattery out of all the other traits found in handwriting.

In my new book,  What the Final Autographs of Whitney Houston Reveal: Sizzling Secrets in her Script, I trace Whitney’s handwriting from the early days in the 1980s-90s when her career was at its peak…clear up to the bitter end. Her autographs over the years reveal an autobiography rich in surprises and the pivotal moments are revealed when she could have gone one way or the other.

There was a time when she seemed to have an angel on one shoulder and the Devil on the other.

However the trait of vanity was always present, even in the early days, back in 1990’s, when she autographed this picture. This woman with the voice of an angel was battling many demons.

Whitney Houston back in the 1990s.

You could practically read the autograph back then, but sadly the writing reveals a strong indicator of self doubt as is evidenced by the ending stroke of the letter y moving up, over and to the left as she uses that stroke to cross her letter t. It also serves as a protective bubble over her name. This and more uncovers her feelings of self protectiveness, self doubt and much more.

Pride that accompanies vanity makes it difficult to admit the need for anyone else, even God himself. Pride feeds the illusion that we are completely independent and self-sufficient. Whitney never fully “got” it. “A vital part of overcoming alcohol addiction drug abuse, codependency or baggage from the past that may make you susceptible to a lifestyle of pain and suffering is finding spirituality in recovery (beliefs), or a strength greater than yourself.” “The more faith you put in the spiritual relationship and the more you trust the guidance without using human logic, the greater will be the results in your life.” Spirituality in Addiction Rehabilitation

It’s ironic. The song she sang so passionately held the answers all along.

But a beat was skipped and now the curtain has gone down for the final time.

 

Greatest Love of All

I believe the children are our future
Teach them well and let them lead the way
Show them all the beauty they possess inside
Give them a sense of pride to make it easier
Let the children’s laughter remind us how we used to be

Everybody’s searching for a hero
People need someone to look up to
I never found anyone who fulfilled my needs
A lonely place to be
So I learned to depend on me

[Chorus:]
I decided long ago, never to walk in anyone’s shadows
If I fail, if I succeed
At least I’ll live as I believe
No matter what they take from me
They can’t take away my dignity
Because the greatest love of all
Is happening to me
I found the greatest love of all
Inside of me
The greatest love of all
Is easy to achieve
Learning to love yourself
It is the greatest love of all

I believe the children are our future
Teach them well and let them lead the way
Show them all the beauty they possess inside
Give them a sense of pride to make it easier

Let the children’s laughter remind us how we used to be

[Chorus]

And if, by chance, that special place
That you’ve been dreaming of
Leads you to a lonely place
Find your strength in love

___________________________________________________

RIP

Whitney Houston

Kathi McKnight is a master certified expert handwriting analyst, motivational speaker and author. For more information and to sign up for free weekly tips about 7 Little Known Handwriting Analysis Secrets, visit her website at TheHandwritingExpert.com  or KathiMcKnight.com.

Watch for Kathi’s new book, “What Whitney Houston’s Final Autographs Reveal: The Sizzling Secrets in her Script” to get an exclusive look at her autographs with in-depth analyses of each and every one. Bonus: “Handwriting samples of Michael Jackson”, and many more. Available at Amazon and Barnes and Noble by March 15 or sooner!

About Steve Cyrkin, Editor

Steve Cyrkin is the editor & publisher of Autograph, and focuses mostly on forgery, market and consumer protection issues.

Comments

  1. Wow…you are such an idiot. Get a life and leave Whitney alone! NONE OF YOU know ANYTHING about the real reason why she went back to God so shut up and stop trying to make money off of her with your dumb book that makes no sense! God, I dare someone to ever say something about that beautiful women and now beautiful precious spirit to my face and I promise you YOU WILL BE SORRY!!! Shut the he’ll up and let the beautiful Angel finally rest in peace!

  2. Wow, I can’t believe I found this article showing one of the albums I own!! I purchased the signed Debut album shown above from the collector who got it signed. It is one of my pride processions. I’m thinking about selling it because now I’m going through some financial issues, so I’m wondering what it’s worth now knowing it is a historical item considering it’s her last signed album before her tragic death!!!!

  3. Get someone to proof your articles, you sound so affected and contrived.

  4. Are you serious? Your saying that Whitney was depressed because she changed her autograph over the years? GET A LIFE!

  5. Fantastic ! Once again, I open the whole new world for myself about handwriting, graphology and many other things. Thanks a bunch for such wonderful article.
    But how I could find out about it without Autograph magazine?

  6. Interesting. What a great loss.