Whitney Houston's mother, gospel singer Cissy Houston, told Oprah Winfrey that she would not have accepted her daughter if she had come out to her as a lesbian.
Cissy Houston made the statement during an interview on “Oprah’s Next Chapter” that aired Jan. 28. Her appearance was timed to coincide with the release of her new memoir “Remembering Whitney,” which arrives close to the anniversary of the fabled singer’s death.
Whitney Houston accidentally drowned Feb. 11, 2012, in a bathtub at the Beverly Hilton hotel. Coroners said that heart disease and drug abuse brought about the accident.
Cissy Houston told Oprah that she was aware of the rumors surrounding her daughter’s relationship with lifelong friend, assistant and creative director Robyn Crawford. In the book, Houston wrote:
“I knew I didn’t want Robyn around my daughter, and I told (Whitney) that. There wasn’t much I could do though. (Whitney) liked Robyn. She was past the age when I could forbid her from seeing someone. Kids have a mind of their own when they get older. They want to experiment with all kinds of things. And I don’t know if it was more than that.”
After reading the passage, Winfrey pressed Houston on the matter.
“Would it have bothered you if your daughter, Whitney, was gay?” Whitney asked.
“Absolutely,” Cissy said.
“You would not have liked that?’
“Not at all,” Houston replied.
“You wouldn't have condoned it?” Winfrey asked.
“No,” Houston said.
Houston went on to express her sadness about her daughter’s relationship with husband Bobby Brown, whom she described as a bad influence. Brown has claimed that Houston married him to “clean up her image” at a time when she was being dogged by rumors about her relationship with Crawford.
Whitney Houston’s brother Michael Houston also appeared on Winfrey’s program to talk about his deceased sister. He acknowledged that he – not Bobby Brown – had introduced Whitney Houston to drugs.
“We played together – 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 Houston told Winfrey.
“That’s something I’ve got to live with for the rest of my life,” he added.
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