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Brandy claims Michael Jackson and Whitney Houston may have once been more than friendsReuters

Brandy has reignited speculation that tragic stars Michael Jackson and Whitney Houston were more than friends after revealing that the late King Of Pop has a secret crush on the I Will Always Love Your hit maker. The 37-year-old singer stunned fans when she shared a vintage snap of the Thriller hitmaker planting a kiss on the cheek of a glowing Houston.

She captioned the nostalgic shot of her friend Houston with the caption: "She told me that Michael had a crush on her... I was like, whoa!!!!!! @isthatjessiej stole this pic from you. Never seen this and I'm over here high and low key losing it! #NippyJackson"

The news was welcomed by fans, with one saying: "I think they both was feeling each other. I could tell that whitney adored him! Not to mention them babies would have been priceless!!" Another added: " They prolly woulda been good for eachothr [sic]"

Houston was found dead in her Beverly Hills hotel suite on the eve of the Grammy Awards in February 2012. The official coroner's report ruled that she accidentally drowned in a bathtub because of heart disease and chronic cocaine use.

Whitney Houston, Brandy and Bobby Brown
Whitney Houston, Brandy and Bobby Brown at the premiere of Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella in 1997Getty Images

Jackson died on 25 June 2009 after receiving a lethal dose of the anaesthetic propofol from Conrad Murray. The late King of Pop was in the midst of preparations for a series of comeback concerts at the time of death.

In 2012, Jackson's former bodyguard Matt Fiddes sent shockwaves through the music industry when claimed the pair had had a two-week tryst in 1991.

"Whitney practically moved in to Michael's ranch and they had a fling like any other young couple," Fiddes told The Sun newspaper. "But Michael said later he had always hoped the relationship had gone further, and I know he dreamed of marrying her."

Jackson's alleged crush is not the only secret that Houston entrusted Brandy with. Just days before her death she handed Ray J's older sister a note during an E! News interview for the upcoming Grammy show. Earlier in this year Brandy made it clear to a fan that she has no intention of revealing what the note read "because she gave it to me and no one else!!! So I haven't shared it with everyone because she ONLY shared it with ME!!! Love"