Cissy Houston Releases New Book on Whitney
1/29/2013, 11:48 a.m.
In "Remembering Whitney," Cissy Houston, the mother of the late Whitney Houston, writes that she always doubted whether Bobby Brown was right for her daughter. She also thinks that Whitney, who died a year ago at age 48, might not have ended up so "deep" into drugs had the couple ended their relationship early on.
"I do believe her life would have turned out differently," Houston writes. "It would have been easier for her to get sober and stay sober. Instead she was with someone who, like her, wanted to party. To me, he never seemed to be a help to her in the way she needed."
"Remembering Whitney" is being released on Jan. 30, two weeks short of the first anniversary of the iconic star's accidental drowning in a hotel bathtub in Beverly Hills, Calif. Authorities said her death was complicated by cocaine use and heart disease.
During a recent telephone interview, Houston said she has no contact with Brown and didn't see any reason to, not even concerning her granddaughter, Bobbi Kristina. She reaffirmed her comments in the book that Whitney Houston would have been better off without him. "How would you like it if he had anything to do with your daughter?" she asked.
Houston said she wanted the book published so the world would not believe the worst about her daughter. Cissy Houston, herself an accomplished soul and gospel singer who has performed with Elvis Presley and Aretha Franklin, describes Whitney as a transcendent talent and vivacious and generous person known affectionately by her childhood nickname, "Nippy."
But she acknowledges in the book that her daughter could be "mean" and "difficult" and questions at times how well she knew her.
"In my darkest moments, I wonder whether Nippy loved me," she writes. "She always told me she did. But you know, she didn't call me much. She didn't come see me as much as I hoped she would."
But, "almost always," Whitney Houston was "the sweetest, most loving person in the room."