The late Whitney Houston’s mother, Cissy Houston, gave Oprah a painful interview about the loss of her daughter and coping with her death.
Oprah does it again as she lengthens her interview list with yet another exclusive interview. This time, Oprah interviewed Cissy Houston, mother of the late Whitney Houston. The interview brought on a rollercoaster of emotions and revealed pains that only Cissy can express about her daughter, one that she better knows by her childhood nickname, Nippy. And after almost a year, Cissy expresses how she’s gotten through without her dear Nippy and sets the record straight regarding all rumors since the death of pop star Whitney Houston.
“It got very difficult. It is still very difficult," Cissy said regarding Whitney’s death.
Whitney Houston, award-winning singer and actress, was found almost a year ago in her Beverly Hilton Hotel suite dead in the bathtub. It was confirmed six months later that the cause of her death was due to an accidental drowning. It was also confirmed that Houston had used cocaine prior to her death.
Cissy released a book on the life of her daughter, titled Remembering Whitney: My Story of Love, Loss and the Night the Music Stopped. The book tells the life of Whitney through her mother’s eyes and heart. She admitted some harsh truths about raising her daughter and loving her daughter.
“I loved her with every inch of my body,” said Cissy. “I was very proud of my daughter. I made her what she was."
And with the love for her daughter came typical parental disappointment. In her book, Cissy tells about the first time she got word of her daughter, Whitney, using cocaine.
“I saw her one time really high and I wanted to kill her,” said Cissy. Cissy also explained her dislike and discomfort of certain relationships including the one with Bobby Brown.
Oprah touched on Cissy’s relationship with her granddaughter, Bobbi Christina, describing the relationship as “iffy,” the same way Bobbi Christina described it in the family’s reality TV show, The Houstons: On Our Own.
“I think [Bobbi Christina] wants to be grown and she knows I won’t tolerate her saying and doing anything” said Cissy about her granddaughter.
The most painful segment of the interview, however, came when Oprah brought Whitney’s brother, Michael Houston on set. Until then, he had never spoken publically about his sister’s death. He then admitted to introducing drugs to Whitney and said he and Whitney's drugs use “got out of hand.”
“I’m living but I’m not alive without her,” said Michael on his sister’s death. “There is not a day that goes by that I don’t think about her.”
A very hurt Cissy Houston shed tears alongside her son Michael Houston as he admitted several painful truths and as the world watched. Cissy Houston and her son gave the world the inside of a heart that they are forced to live without... the night the music stopped.
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