Whitney Houston’s Daughter Remembers Mother’s Last Days, Plans Career In Entertainment
Bobbi Kristina Brown, Whitney Houston's only child, spent her mother's last day in her arms, the 19-year-old told Oprah Winfrey on "Oprah's Next Chapter," her first interview since Houston was found dead in her hotel room on Feb. 11.
The night before Houston died, her daughter with ex-husband, singer Bobby Brown asked her mother to sleep with her as she often did.
"Sometimes she'd come in my room, she'd lay down with me," Bobbi Kristina told Winfrey. "On the last day, it was so early. I went to go get her. I said, 'Mom, will you just come lay down with me?' She stayed with me all day. I slept in her arms all day. All night long."
Bobbi Kristina appeared stronger, more confident and mature than one would expect of a teenager and only child who just lost her mother. Bobbi Kristina spoke to Winfrey at the Atlanta home of her uncle and aunt, Houston's older brother, Gary, and wife, Patricia, who was Houston's manager and confidant.
Bobbi Kristina said support from her family and God is helping her cope with the loss. She is also comforted by her mother, who, she said, still speaks to her.
Bobbi Kristina said after her mother died, she initially could not stay at their family home. "First night, I couldn't stay there. Next morning, I woke up and heard her say, 'OK. Come home now.' I felt humbled. I felt OK ever since then I've been fine to be in that house."
Bobbi Kristina has had a difficult time, though, dealing with various allegations that have been made about Houston, who had admitted to abusing drugs. Bobbi Kristina was down the hall from her mother's Beverly Hilton Hotel room when she died.
"Everyone wants to say she was something she wasn't," she said. "I saw her hurt. I saw her cry. I held her through that. We held each other. Everything people are saying about her … all that negativity is garbage," she said. "That is not my mother. That's not who she is. In reality, I know who she was."
Bobbi Kristina, who has been rumored to have had her own troubles with drugs, admitted that she was sometimes disobedient.. "I was a little rebellious," she said. "But when it came down to it, I was always, 'Mommy, mommy, mommy.'"
Bobbi Kristina desires to follow in her mother's footsteps. "I got to keep moving," she said. "I got to carry on her legacy. I still have a voice. We're going to do the singing thing. We're going to do some acting, some dancing. It's a lot of pressure, but she prepared me for it."
Bobbi Kristina said she only realized the magnitude of her mother's influence when she joined her on tours, or most poignantly, saw how the public responded to her funeral that was streamed online.
"I just saw her as Mom for my entire life," she said. "When we did go on tour and the funeral and everything, I was like, 'Wow. This woman made an impact not only on a few people, but the world.'"
Patricia discussed her late sister-in-law's last days, including the reported heated exchanges Houston had with "X Factor" contestant Stacy Francis at a pre-Grammy party two nights prior to her death, and arriving to Houston's hotel room after she died.