Grammy winning soul star Monica has publicly thanked Whitney Houston for helping her recover from the suicide of her boyfriend JARVIS KNOTS.

Knots took his life in 2000 by shooting himself right in front of THE BOY IS MINE singer in Atlanta, Georgia.

The singer spent the following year mourning Knots' death and admits it was Houston that helped her cope when everything seemed hopeless.

Monica says, "We really became friends through the death of Jarvis. I was kind of afraid during that time and she comforted me."

19/05/2003 21:08