Whitney Houston's mother, Cissy Houston, has written an open letter to her granddaughter, Bobbi Kristina. The relationship between the two has been strained since Cissy decided to publish a tell-all book in February called Remembering Whitney.
In the 550-word correspondence, Cissy — who is a Grammy-winning artist in her own right — addresses Whitney's death, the publication of her book, as well as Bobbi Kristina's controversial plan to wed Nick Gordon, who was raised as her brother, but never officially adopted.
Cissy — who in the mid-'60s provided backing vocals on classic recordings by Wilson Pickett, Van Morrison and Aretha Franklin — begins her letter to "Krissi" by writing, "You may think I don't understand you and what you're feeling but remember, Baby, I lost my mom when I was just a child. So, I do know some of the sadness and loneliness of your life since your mom passed away."
When Cissy's mother died of a cerebral hemorrhage, after suffering a stroke three years earlier, Cissy was only 8 years old. She also lost her father to stomach cancer when she was 18.
In the letter, Cissy goes on to address the publication of Remembering Whitney, acknowledging that the she knows that Bobbi Kristina was "upset" by it. She adds, "but I hope one day you’ll read it and understand that I just wanted to let the world see some of My Nippy — the sweet, friendly, loving little girl with the extraordinary beauty and boundless talent, who grew into the superstar and musical icon the world saw. I want people to know — fans and critics and ordinary people alike — Nippy was a whole person, and like all of us, she was good and bad AND she was my joy!"
When the book was published in February, Bobbi Kristina took to Twitter to express her displeasure, tweeting, "Anything concerning my grandmother's book, I and @nickgordon of course personally have nothing to with."
She continued, "I haven't read and won't ... I find it to be disrespectful to my mother and me being her daughter won't tolerate it."
Bobbi Kristina may not also be too pleased to hear her grandmother address her controversial plan to marry Gordon, but Cissy's reluctance doesn't include anything about the fact that the couple was raised for a time as brother and sister, although Whitney never officially adopted Gordon.
"Do I want you to get married in the near future? No, I don't," Cissy writes. "I think you're too young and I wish you'd wait. But that's because I'm Grandma. I'm supposed to worry about you. I’m supposed to wonder If Nick or ANY man is good enough for you, My Baby's Baby. I'm not angry with Nick and I don't think, nor did I ever say anything hurtful about him to anyone. I have NEVER publicly commented on your personal life and I don't intend to. So in the future when you read or hear that Cissy Houston said this or Cissy Houston said that, be confident in the knowledge that it isn't true."
In closing, Cissy writes, "Krissi, as many years as I've lived and as many experiences as I've had I know I don't have all of the answers. I do know this, Baby Girl: God's got you and so do I."
She signs off on the letter, "With all my love, Grandma."
As of this writing, Bobbi Kristina has yet to respond to Cissy's letter on Facebook — where she announced her engagement to Gordon — or on Twitter.
Her Twitter account, however, does have an interesting note. Below her handle @REALbkBROWN, she writes, "RIPMom 4ever i will always loveYOU B.D & A.D} wifey of @ndgordon 4life.Musician.Actress.GodFearing young lady.TheHoustonLegendContinues with ME."
It's unclear if Bobbi Kristina and Gordon have already tied the knot.