Cissy Houston has opened up about daughter Whitney and her decision to write a book about the late superstar.
Talking from New York to Daybreak on Wednesday, as the one year anniversary of Whitney Houston’s death approaches, Cissy Houston reveals that her daughter “wanted a normal life but she became a star”.
Whitney Houston’s mother also reveals that her daughter’s fate could have been different if she hadn’t met Bobby Brown, and that she wrote the book “to let people know the real Whitney”.
Cissy Houston, 79, who was also a singer, begins her discussion about her daughter, who was found dead on February 11 2012, by saying: “She was everything to me. She was a wonderful, giving person.”
She went on to speak about how her daughter really just wanted to be the girl next door but she couldn’t live the life of a normal person once she became a star.
When Lorraine asks her: “And even though she was a superstar, you think she maybe wanted the quiet life?”
Cissy Houston replies: “Yes, that’s what she really wanted. She always said, <<All I wanted to do was sing>>. But she came and God blessed her. And she was happy about that but only sometimes I guess.”
The conversation soon turned to Whitney Houston’s much-talk about marriage to Bobby Brown and whether her life would have been different if she had never had met him.
Agreeing with this sentiment, Cissy Houston replied: “I really do. She just happened to fall in love I guess with someone that really wasn’t for her. They were from two different worlds.”
At the time of Whitney’s death Cissy Houston said that she felt angry about what had happened, but a year on her feelings have changed.
“I’m not angry, I’m not angry any more. I was angry that my daughter was dead,” she said.
It wasn’t just Cissy Houston who suffered after Whitney’s death, the singer’s daughter Bobbi Kristina Brown is still coming to terms with what happened.
Cissy Houston admitted: “She’s grieving.”
Bobbi Kristina Brown is reportedly not too happy about the book’s publication and when prompted on this, her grandmother answered: “She’s a person and has a mind of her own. And she’s grieving.”
But at the end of the day Cissy Houston just wants her daughter to be remembered in a good light.
When asked by Lorraine how she would like her daughter to be remembered, Cissy Houston said: “That she was one of the greatest singers that lived, and she was a wonderful person.
“She gave to charities. I’d just like for her to be remembered for the songstress that she was.”
Tweeting about her grandmother’s book Remembering Whitney, Bobbi Kristina Brown wrote: “ANYTHING concerning my grandmothers Book I & @nickdgordon OF COURSE personally have NOTHING 2 do with I ask you pls RESPECT that Haven’t read & won’t.”
Nick Gordon is Bobbi Kristina Brown’s adoptive brother who she is now in a relationship with.