Bobbi Kristina sat down with Oprah Winfrey for her much heralded interview, but the talk show queen avoided hard questions about drugs and mom Whitney Houston’s lifestyle in the days leading up to hear death. It was a lost opportunity.
With countless fans still trying to figure out how one the leading voices of a generation died suddenly, Oprah focused on Bobbi’s feelings about her mother’s death and how’s she coping. Oprah was giddy at times.
The interview was a far cry from Oprah’s 2009 interview with Houston, in which the singer answered tough, candid questions about her marriage to rapper Bobby Brown and their descent into drug use.
Bobbi naturally said she is “doing as good as I possibly can” and recalled their last day together. “She’s always with me,” said the 19-year-old. “Her spirit is strong, it’s a strong spirit. I feel her pass through me all the time.”
“It comes in waves. One moment I can be happy and laughing, but then it comes over me. It’s my mom,” she said.
Brown said the night before her mother’s death, she asked her to spend the night together. “I slept in her arms all day, all night long,” she said.
Bobbi said she planned to continue in her mother’s footsteps as a singer and actor. She dismissed the “negativity” surrounding her mother’s image; “That’s not my mother,” she said.
Winfrey aired the interview on her struggling OWN network. She also spoke with the singer’s manager and sister-in-law Pat Houston, and brother Gary Houston. Bobbi Kristina spent more than two years living with Pat and Gary when Whitney had hit he lowest point.
Houston was attempting to make a comeback after her disastrous European tour in support of her comeback album, which proved to be highly successful.
Pat Houston said Houston had given up drugs and was not using them in the days before she died. But other reports claim she partied heavily and drank constantly while staying at the Beverly Hilton hotel leading up to the Grammy Awards Feb. 12. Former “X Factor” contestant Stacy Francis later confirmed that she got in a heated argument with Houston.
Houston was discovered dead in a bathtub at the hotel on the eve of the Grammys. She was planning to attend a pre-Grammy party, hosted by mentor Clive Davis the day she died.
The day had been uneventful, Patricia Houston said. The singer had lunch in her hotel and was preparing for Davis’ party. Houston was scheduled to tape an infomercial and had other interviews lined up later in the day.
Patricia said went out to run errands for about a half hour and when she came back, Houston’s assistant went to check on the singer. “When I headed down the hallway (to her room), I heard screaming,” she said.
Patricia said she saw a security guard frantically trying to revive her. The singer had “a peaceful look on her face,” she added.
Surprisingly, both Patricia and Gary had warm words for Bobby Brown. They said Brown did not bear blame for getting Houston started on drugs. “I loved Bobby Brown. Bobby was a good guy,” said Gary. “I don’t know how good they were for each other.”
They also denied that the Houston family had asked Brown to leave her funeral service or didn’t want him to come; Brown showed up briefly but left after a dispute over seating. “Bobby was supposed to be there,” said Gary Houston.
Pat Houston said Bobby Brown and his daughter are not estranged, but haven’t spoken since Houston’s funeral. Some reports claim that Bobbi is changing her name legally to sever her relationship with her father.
Instead, she described her as her confidant, a sister, her best friend – “my everything.”
She still spends time in the house she and her mother shared together, and at times said it’s hard to believe she’s not there.
“Sometimes, it’s so surreal. I still walk into the house like, `Mom?'” she said. “But I’ve accepted it.”