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- American singer and actress (1963-2012)
Whitney Houston's only child, Bobbi Kristina Brown, has been released from the hospital after she was rushed to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center on Sunday morning. According to reports, she was being treated for stress and was taken out of the Beverly Hilton on a stretcher at around 10:30 a.m. "Bobbi was always by [Whitney's] side in everything she did," a source told US Weekly.
The two were clearly extremely close. The day after Christmas, Bobbi Kristina Brown, shared a photo on Twitter. In it, she and her mom are smiling in the back of a car, while in another the two are hugging each other. "This would be MYWORLD. I love my mommmmy, more then you'll ever imagine <<3," she writes. The images are heartbreaking in the midst of news that Houston, 48, was found dead on Saturday. In other comments, Bobbi Kristina enthusiastically talks about heading home with mom, and indicates Houston was helping Bobbi Kristina with music projects.
Bobbi Kristina, 18, inherited her mother's singing talent, and recently made headlines for sharing her version of Adele's "Someone Like You." Her father, Bobby Brown, indicated that she is heading toward a career in entertainment that would parallel Houston's. "Like I told a lot of people, she's got her mother's voice -- even better than her mother's -- and she's got my legs," he said. "So you think about that and you put it together." On her Twitter page, she is a self-described dancer, actress, and musician who was "born into" entertainment. As a child, she appeared on her parent's reality show, "Being Bobby Brown," and she wrote that she was in the process of starting her own reality show.
Along with the praise for her vocals, the up-and-coming singer faced her share of scandals when images surfaced online where the teen appeared to be drunk and using drugs. Bobbi Kristina has since dismissed the photos, explaining "a former very dear person to me did this. Set me up to make it look exactly what it looks like." In the Twitter message, she also made it clear that in times of trouble, she found strength in her family. "I love my family so much. My mom just comforted me to the max, and I'm so thankful for her. Thank you so much lord for blessing me with an sic Phenomenal sic family and incredibly phenomenal mother. Thank you for giving me the strength to move forward and put things in the past."
Bobbi Kristina was "amazingly close" to her mother, according to journalist Jawn Murray, who interviewed them over the years. "They had a relationship that really resembled the relationship that Houston had with her own mother, Cissy Houston," said Murray. "Bobbi Kristina was her only child and her pride and joy."
Bobbi Kristina, who was reportedly turned away from being allowed in the Beverly Hilton Hotel room where her mother died, will not be alone in her grief over the loss. Many in the music community expressed their sadness hours after hearing the news. "Heartbroken and in tears over the shocking death of my friend, the incomparable Ms. Whitney Houston," said Mariah Carey. "My heartfelt condolences to Whitney's family and to all her millions of fans throughout the world. She will never be forgotten as one of the greatest voices to ever grace the earth."