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“She Finally Got Rid Of Him, But It Was Too Late”: Cissy Houston Talks Bobby, Whitney’s Relationship With Robyn Crawford And More In New Book
It has been almost a year since Whitney Houston tragically passed away. A death that shocked everyone because its timing (the night before the Grammy Awards), because it was so sudden and because of the manner in which she left this earth. Since then, her family has tried to move forward, sometimes in ways some people aren’t too fond of (remember The Houstons: On Our Own?), but they couldn’t go forward as a family without Cissy Houston, the matriarch of the clan. She speaks in depth about her daughter’s life, the feelings she has about her death and what she wishes she could have done to prevent it in her new memoir, Remembering Whitney: My Story of Love, Loss, & the Night the Music Stopped. A lot of what she had to say will definitely get people talking, and a lot of what she said in an interview with People to promote the book will probably do the same. We have her thoughts from both.
When asked about her feelings about Bobby Brown and the part that he played in Whitney’s downfall, she makes it clear that she was relieved that Whitney finally rid herself of him when they divorced (“She finally got rid of him, but it was too late”). But in both the book and her interview with People, she says that she doesn’t blame Bobby for her daughter’s drug use. He just so happened to not be the best husband for her. “I blame him for the way he treated her, but I don’t blame him for her drug problems…He didn’t help her, that’s for damn sure. He was no help to her at all.”
At one point in the book, Houston touches on how volatile their relationship was, and how she once went to their home in Atlanta and found an unforgettable scene:
The things I saw sent a chill right through me. Somebody had been spraypainting the walls, painting big glaring eyes and strange faces. They were evil eyes, staring at you like a threat. And there was a big framed photo of Nippy, Bobby and Krissi – but someone had cut Nippy’s head right out of it.
Speaking of unhealthy relationships–real and alleged–Mama Houston also touched on her daughter’s connection with former assistant Robyn Crawford. The two women had to battle rumors that their relationship was more than professional, and to this day, Cissy knows nothing about any truth to those rumors. Robyn did care about Whitney, seeing as how Cissy says Crawford was the first to alert her of Whitney’s growing drug use in the ’80s, but she was another person Cissy didn’t approve of in Whitney’s life (because Robyn was into drugs as well). “I just didn’t want her with my daughter. I know nothing about a romantic relationship. That’s what everybody said but they didn’t know either.”
But a big aspect of the book is the introspective look Cissy takes of herself. “Was I a good mother? ‘I still wonder if I could have saved her somehow. But there’s no book written on how to be a parent. You do the best you can.” And she speaks on the two things that she’ll never seem to be able to get over. One, is the fact that Whitney died alone, and in such conditions as she did, and that Whitney could never come to her about the small things that sent her on a downward spiral:
She’s put on her chirpy little-girl voice, and to my ears she sounded all right. If there’s any one thing I regret about our relationship, that’s it: for whatever reason, she never could talk to me about anything that upset her, unless she was really in trouble. And that’s something I’ll never get over.
But in the end, what Cissy hopes people will take away from the novel is that Whitney was a truly good person, no matter what trials and tribulations she went through. “I want people to know the truth about her, how she really was.”
In the wake of Whitney Houston’s tragic and untimely death, rumors swirled that her only daughter that she shared with Bobby Brown, Bobbi Kristina had been dating her god-brother, Nick Gordon. For a while the murmurs were nothing but mere rumors, but they were made valid after the two were spotted out together over and over again. Their chemistry made it clear that the two were an item and this was even further confirmed when the two announced their engagement during an episode of The Houstons: On Our Own.
The Houston family made it clear that they were disapproving of Bobbi Kristina’s relationship with Nick because Whitney had raised Nick as her own son and the two were like brother and sister, although an episode of the show reveals that Nick and Bobbi Kristina actually met in high school, became best friends, and Whitney took him in after his mother kicked him out. Either way, I’m sure the Houston family is leaping for joy as news that the two have gone their separate ways broke this week.
Nick Gordon took to his Twitter page to confirm that he and Bobbi Kristina are no longer an item.
“@REALbkBrown and I are not engaged or dating. Just close like we have always been.”
Bobbi Kristina also used her Twitter page to confirm the break up; however in a more roundabout way through cryptic and subliminal tweets.
“Who do I trust in this world? Pfft well that’s easy beezie, #Myself, No1 will kno’s me like ME&They’d rather not take thtchance2knoME, &2me.”
“That’s incredibly fine .. Because you’d be missing out on a #REALperson Xxo #armyofme #onmywon #goingtomakeit#determined”
“I guess it’s time 4me2stop depending on anymore. It’s my time2follow what Mom&The Lord put out on this path for me. #Thankful. Mom xxo.”
Many speculated that Nick was simply using Krissy for what she could give him and while that can’t exactly be proven, it certainly makes sense. The details surrounding this entire relationship seem super sketchy and über messy and it is probably best these two have chosen to throw in the towel.
Do you think it’s good Bobbi Kristina ended her relationship with Nick Gordon?
Jazmine Denise is a writer living in New York. Follow her on Twitter @jazminedenise
Though Madame Noire isn’t too sold on the concept of Lifetime’s newest reality show following Whitney Houston’s family, plenty of other people are, as evidenced by the ratings for the show’s premiere episodes.
According to The Examiner, “The premiere of the Houston family series, ‘The Houstons: On Our Own,’ was strong for Lifetime Wednesday.” The Futon Critic puts the 9pm debut at 1.333 million viewers and the second episode at 9:30pm came in just under that with 1.313 views. I’m assuming either some people didn’t realize there were two back-to-back half-hour episodes or a couple hundred thousand people decided not to keep watching the train wreck that is the Houston family.
The show immediately came under criticism as being exploitative of Whitney Houston’s death and her daughter, Bobbi Kristina’s, obvious struggle to cope. But the leading voice of the family, Pat Houston, shut those accusations down about this show coming too soon after the singer’s passing, saying:
“I don’t know when would be the right time. When would be the right time? You don’t know. You just continue what you always do and that is try to live. Taking one day, living one day at a time. And that`s all we are doing.”
It appears some 1 million viewers agree with her. Did you catch the first two episodes of “The Houstons?” What did you think?
Bobbi Kristina and the family are just weeks away from debuting their new reality show on Lifetime, “The Houstons: On Our Own.” The show follows the family of the late, great Whitney Houston, including her daughter Bobbi Kris, of course, her boyfriend Nick Gordon, Pat Houston and her family, and the matriarch of the clan, Cissy.
Though the show was originally pegged as a series showing how the family is getting on after Whitney’s passing, from the clips that have been released it appears the focus of the show is on Bobbi and Nick’s relationship. At one point the family clearly tells Nick they never expected him to go from a Godson to a boyfriend, all of which is eclipsed by Bobbi Kristna’s shocking confession at dinner one night:
Rumors have circulated for months that the pair had taken that next step and this reality show appears to confirm those stories. What remains to be seen is whether their relationship will continue to tear the family apart as it is now. It also appears we’ll gain insight into Bobbi’s estranged relationship with her father, Bobby Brown, and whether she really is spiraling out of control, and “grieving the wrong way,” as her aunt Pat worries.
“The Houstons: On Our Own” is set to debut Wednesday, October 24 on Lifetime. Check out the clips below and tell us what you think. Will you tune in?
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We’ve mentioned earlier that the Houston family would be starring in their very own reality show. Well, now the date and network have been confirmed. The new show, called “The Houstons: On Our Own.” Initially the show was supposed to center around Whitney’s manager and sister-in-law Pat. But Lifetime now states that the show, which will premiere on October 24th, will focus on Bobbi Kristina.
Here’s a statement Lifetime released detailing the nature of the show.
“The 14 episode half-hour series will chronicle Houston’s family as they help each other cope with the loss of Whitney, focusing especially on Bobbi — the 19-year-old daughter of Whitney and her former husband Bobby Brown and the only heir to her mother’s estate who was known for breaking down emotionally and physically after Whitney’s death.”
In addition to Bobbi Kristina, the cameras will also be following Pat, Whitney’s mother, Cissy, her brother Gary and family friends Nick Gordon and Kim Burrell.
Will you tune in on October 24th?
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