Cissy Houston Opens Up To Oprah About Whitney -- Shares Thoughts On Gay Rumors, Bobby Brown And DRUG Addiction
Cissy Houston appeared on "Oprah's Next Chapter" last night for a shockingly (well, should we really be shocked?) candid interview which delved into Whitney Houston's drug addiction, her marriage to Bobby Brown, the lesbian rumors and what she wants people to know about Whitney. Watch the full episode inside....
During a much anticipated sit-down with Birthday Girl Oprah Winfrey (Happy 59th Birthday Lady O!) for her "Oprah's Next Chapter" series, Grammy-winning singer Cissy Houston provided a candid look into the life of her famous daughter Whitney "Nippy" Houston and expressed the grief she's felt since her daughter's passing.
While promoting her new book, Remembering Whitney: My Story of Love, Loss and the Night the Music Stopped, Cissy was pretty open and honest with Oprah as she shared her thoughts and motherly observations about Whitney's life behind-the-scenes. And, of course, the addictions that finally consumed her.
Oprah covered a range of topics, with many of them ripped straight from the tabloids. During one particularly tense exchange, Oprah addressed the gay rumors (regarding ber friendship with Robyn Crawford) that followed Whitey during the earlier part of her career.
OW:"Would it have bothered you if your daughter, Whitney, was gay?"
CH: "Absolutely," Cissy said.
OW: "You would not have liked that?"
CH:"Not at all," she responds.
OW: "You wouldn't have condoned it?"
That exchange led into Cissy's thoughts on Whitney's relationship with Bobby Brown. Though Whitney ended up in a heterosexual marriage, Cissy wasn't very pleased with her selection. When asked if she was happy about Bobby being in Whit's life, she simply said "No."
Oprah also addressed the public's perception that Bobby introduced Whitney to drugs. It was revealed that Whitney's older brother Michael actually played that role. While sitting next to Cissy, he said,
“Being together most of the time, and her following behind me … we played together, you know? Any everything that you do together as you’re growing up, and then when you get into drugs, you do that together too. And it just got out of hand.”
Michael tearfully revealed that he blames himself for her downward spiral and he thinks about her everyday.
Watch the full episode here:
Cissy Houston also spoke to Al Roker on the "Today" Show about her new book "Remembering Whitney."