Whitney Houston’s mother wonders if she could have saved singer

LOS ANGELES  (Reuters) – Whitney Houston’s mother has told People magazine that she questions her skills as a parent and wonders if she could have saved her superstar daughter from the drug use that played a role in her death.

“Was I a good mother?” Cissy Houston, 79, was quoted as telling the celebrity magazine in an advance excerpt released on Wednesday from the magazine’s Friday edition.

“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.”
Whitney Houston drowned accidentally in a Beverly Hills hotel bathtub on February 11, 2012, after taking cocaine and after a well-chronicled battle with drug addiction. She was 48.

 Cissy Houston
Cissy Houston
Whitney Houston
Whitney Houston

Cissy Houston, a singer in her own right, talked to People about her daughter’s personal life and career while promoting her upcoming memoir, Remembering Whitney.

In the memoir, Cissy Houston says she was not aware of the early “partying” days of her daughter, known to the family as “Nippy.”
“I had no idea about Nippy’s ‘partying.’ And the truth is, back then I didn’t really want to know about it,” she writes, according to excerpts released to People.

Cissy Houston also discussed her daughter’s ex-husband Bobby Brown, who has had his own substance abuse problems and run-ins with the law. “He didn’t help her, that’s for damn sure,” Houston told the celebrity magazine of Brown.

The Grammy-winning singer left behind her only child, Bobbi Kristina, 19, who was hospitalized twice with anxiety after her mother’s death.

Last fall, Cissy, Bobbi Kristina, the singer’s brother and sister-in-law starred in a 14-episode reality show for cable channel Lifetime about their struggle to cope after Houston’s death called “The Houstons: On Our Own.”

Houston told the magazine she was “worried” about granddaughter Bobbi Kristina and “trying to make sure she doesn’t (follow the same path)“ as her famous mother.

Cissy Houston’s interview with People, and excerpts from her memoir, can be found in the issue which reaches newsstands on January 25.

Latest in The Scene

20160625Royden Sealey2

Royden Sealey expresses himself through his art

Royden Sealey has always had a passion for art and as a child had expressed this in ways which landed him in hot water.

Lystra Adams and friends at the Royal Ascot

The value of craftsmanship

Those who know me well are aware of my deep appreciation for millinery and the craftsmanship that surrounds it. I think this interest stems from being completely fascinated by the women I admire and find interesting.

20160625Fit

Fit closes Spectrum 12

Painting the Spectrum 12, SASOD’s lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) film festival comes to a close next week with Spectrum Night, screening of Fit and the customary painting the spectrum.

20160625Rukatuks

Rukatuks for Rodney at NCC tonight

Rukatuks, billed as a benefit show for actor, poet, comedian and folklorist, Henry Rodney, will blasty off this evening from 8 at the National Cultural Centre.

T’shanna Cort

T’shanna Cort has hope in her music

“I Have Hope” is the name of the song with which T’shanna Cort won this year’s Junior Calypso Competition and today, nearly six months later, fans from all across Guyana greet her with those words and praise her performance.

Fashion forecasters (that’s a career too) predicted that 2016’s fashion trends will involve pantone colours, androgyny, romanticism, 70's fashionborn x chictopia

Looking at the bigger picture

Following up on last’s week column, fashion careers, this week I wanted to share with you my general response to the commonly asked question, can the Caribbean actually have a thriving fashion industry?

20160618Antiman

Caribbean short films, Canadian documentary for Spectrum next week

Painting the Spectrum 12, SASOD’s annual film festival continues next Tuesday, June 21, at the Dutch Bottle Café, located at 10 North Road, Bourda in Georgetown, with two short films, Transgender: Back to Jamaica and Antiman.

Scene from Me Before You

The romantic comedy you’ve been waiting for: Me Before You

If you have already grown tired of 2016’s endless parade of comic book adaptations and superheroes, Me Before You is the romantic comedy that promises a breath of fresh air.

Comments

About these comments

The comments section is intended to provide a forum for reasoned and reasonable debate on the newspaper's content and is an extension of the newspaper and what it has become well known for over its history: accuracy, balance and fairness. We reserve the right to edit or delete comments which contain attacks on other users, slander, coarse language and profanity, and gratuitous and incendiary references to race and ethnicity.

Stay updated! Follow Stabroek News on Facebook or Twitter.

Get the day's headlines from SN in your inbox every morning: