If you tuned into last night’s “Oprah’s Next Chapter” interview with Cissy Houston, you saw a grieving mother reveal the pain of losing one of her beloved children. Cissy spoke her truth about her daughter, superstar Whitney Houston’s life from the singer’s battle with drugs, rumors of a gay relationship and allegedly abusive relationship with Bobby Brown. Cissy’s memories will live forever in her new emotional memoir, “Remembering Whitney: My Story of Love, Loss, and the Night the Music Stopped” (now available in book stores).

The honest interview captured a mother’s true sadness, compassion and distress when speaking about her only daughter, who once was considered America’s sweetheart. Tears were hard to hold back when Cissy revisited the day she found out Whitney Houston passed:

“My son called me and he was screaming, ‘Mom, Mommy,” “Then, oh God. I said, ‘What is wrong, what’s wrong?’ He just said, ‘Nippy. Nippy. ‘I said, ‘What’s wrong with Nippy?’ (Nippy was the family name) “He said, ‘I don’t know, I can’t go back up ” referring to the hotel room

“They found Nippy.” the son screamed They found her what, what?’ “Houston said. “And I was getting annoyed because he wasn’t telling me anything. “ “He said, ‘Mommy’

I asked, ‘Is she dead?’

‘Yeah, Mommy, she’s dead.’ Gary replied.

And I don’t remember too much else after that.”

Cissy, shaking her head and staring down at the floor, tells of having to handle the heartbreaking news alone. “I was a wreck,” she confessed.

Michael Houston, Whitney’s best friend and older brother, joined his mother and Oprah to talk about his own grief. “I’m living but I’m not alive,” he shared. Notably, he shocked the world when he confessed to exposing his littler sister to drugs. Over the years, many have wrongfully crucified Bobby Brown for introducing the pop princess to a dark life consumed with drug abuse. But Michael’s admission proved that couldn’t be further from the truth.

Michael shared his endless guilt and regret for being his sister’s partner in drug abuse. “It’s something that I have to deal with every single day,” he said.

Another landmark of the show was Ms. Houston’s revelation that she did not approve of Pat and Bobbi Kristina’s interview with Oprah or their reality show, “The Houstons: On Our Own.” She believed that both happened too quickly after Whitney’s passing.

Cissy raised eyebrows when she expressed concern about Bobbi’s wellbeing and admitted that their relationship is “iffy” at times (a fact that Bobbi attributes to her grandmother’s new book).

The interview answered lingering questions about Whitney’s life while capturing the vulnerability and pain of a grieving family. While some believe Oprah was too easy on Cissy and Michael, I think she delivered yet another heartfelt interview that touched viewers’ hearts and held nothing back.

What did you think of Cissy Houston’s sit-down with Oprah, Clutchettes?

-Nikki B.

  • gmarie

    I know she’s known this long before the public, however I belive she owes Mr. Brown an apology.

    She should also try stepping out of denial about her grand daughter for once anstop trying to make her boyfriend a scapegoat. She may have a chaance at saving this life if she can put her family pride and shame aside

  • J. Nicole

    I didn’t watch it, but I’m sure it’ll be on repeat and available online.

    It’s long been stated that Bobby did not introduce her to drugs. I’m shocked the brother admitted it now, opposed to when Oprah interviewed them originally after her death. Makes me wonder if that was a conscious decision to be able to capitalize off of her death-even more.

    But, I will say this is something (drug abuse) that needs to be addressed even more in the community. There’s this acceptance that a lil weed is ok, after that, its taboo or not “our” problem. It generally comes up once its too late.

  • Tonton Michel

    This family seems very dramatic. Never thought Bobby Brown was the one responsible for her use of drugs.

  • Malik Hemmans

    Bobby Brown deserves and apology

  • Malik Hemmans


  • MommieDearest

    Exactly. Whitney was who she was before she met Bobby. Shoot, that might be why she got with Bobby in the first place- they were 2 peas in a pod. If anything, she may have been the one to introduce crack/cocaine to him.

    Not that Bobby is , or ever was, a choir boy, but it wrankled me that folks made him the scapegoat for Whitney’s own decisions. She was grown, and did what she wanted to do.

  • K. Michel

    “Never thought Bobby Brown was the one responsible for her use of drugs.” (Tonton)

    I was just about to type this.

    I was very upset about how he was being blamed. There were even certain groups of Black women online who couldn’t wait to villify him right after Whitney’s death. Nevermind how disgusting that was… I think the only people I’ve heard who thought Bobby did something like that were Black.

    Bobby didn’t even say a thing about the accusations, and if you asked him? He probably wouldn’t want an apology.

  • B. Tash

    Whitney had two older brothers. Only one was in the first interview with Oprah; the other brother who introduced Whitney to drugs was on Oprah last night with his mom.

  • IBJuliet

    This is such a sad story all the way around. It matters not whether Whitney was doing drugs before or after Bobby, they were simply too toxic for each other. They weren’t evenly yoked. I believe Whitney continued to relapse not only because of her tumultuous relationship with him, but because of other things that may have occurred in her life at a younger age (before fame), hence her becoming an addict to suppress the pain. I’m sure there are a lot of other secrets the family swept under the rug that only she and they knew about. At least she’s at peace now.

  • Child, Please

    I know many think Bobby Brown “deserves” an apology, but as a husband, he should’ve helped her get off of them and not enable her (and himself further). Also, it should be noted Bobby is also having his fair share of drama after Whitney’s passing, too. He also seems to harbor some guilt, so I’m not sure why there needs to be an apology unless he has thoughts of shoulda, woulda coulda. I just hope after this year, Whitney ca finally rest in peace. It seems it hasn’t even been a year and already folks are trying to either “replace her” or make money off of her.

  • ASK_ME

    He may not have put the drugs in Whitney’s hand but according to Whitney and Bobbi Kris (yeah if y’all don’t want to take Whitney’s word for it a child ALSO witnessed the nonsense), Bobby Brown was emotionally, verbally and occasionally physically abusive towards Whitney. The man is FAR from innocent in her demise. He doesn’t deserve an apology.

  • CanV

    This is about Whitney, lets not make it the Bobby Brown show. I’m sure the fans of Bobby Brown will have another day for that.

  • Anthony

    The Houston family needs to go to the unemployment office and apply for work. They are like worms sucking every drop from Whitney Houston’s body.

    Like everyone else who has posted, I never thought Bobby Brown got Whitney Hooked. Too many people are too dumb to realize that Whitney simply had a sweet image, but an image is not an actual person.

  • binks

    This! Not saying Bobby Brown is innocent but sometimes you have to put the blame where it lays and that was with Whitney! It seems like she had her own demons WAY before Bobby came into the picture. At the end of the day, she was a grown woman who made her own decision (her words) so nobody should be blame for her demise but her. It is hard to say it but sometimes you have to call a spade a spade. Bobby and Whitney’s problem stem from the fact that they seem to be two of a kind and brought the worst out of each other and combine that with other vices it was a recipe for disaster but placing the blunt of the blame on him didn’t help save Whitney or will not bring her back. Instead of placing blame everybody should look within themselves and help their daughter/niece/granddaughter

  • Tonton Michel

    “There were even certain groups of Black women online who couldn’t wait to villify him right after Whitney’s death.”

    Behold K.Michel you have stuck a blow and the hounds of hell now holla. It was obvious Whiteny came into the relationship with her own demons and Bobby certainly didn’t help the cause. But there was a segment out their either through naively pit this woman on a pedestal and blamed the one person who they hated the most for their own sick reasons instead of ring them both for the troubled souls that they were. But I guess pwe should excuse there defense of their symbols of purity. Saw the same thing on the Tina Turner post, its hard thing to see the people you worship show their mortality.

  • Tonton Michel

    SMH, I agree when Whitney’s fall from grace happened Bobby was an easy target. But Leta not pit Bobby on the cross, he had his own demons. Remember Sec 7.21 on the Law of Human Alchemy; two ratchet people can not occupy the same space at the same time without drama ensuing.

  • B

    Why would she apologize to a man who slapped, cheated and spit on her daughter? Cissy has never said she blamed Bobby forgetting her in drugs.
    There are quite a few reasons she would not like her son in law besides the drugs…
    Like while dating Whitney he had a woman pregnant.
    Bobbi Kris had to drug addicted parents.
    She is not in denial. She said she was worried about her.

  • mikey kun


  • Libby

    Actually bobby just went back to rehab and left early.
    A couple of months ago he a DUI

  • b.

    The real question:
    How are they going to help Bobbi K.? I’ve seen her on their reality show and it is saaaad and quite disgraceful how there can be cameras taping while she is drowning. She needs help—-yesterday.

  • Libby

    Bobby slapped, cheated and spit on her. He deserved the rep he got just like Whitney got hers.

  • ASK_ME


    Amen…someone on here talking sense.

  • Nic

    Seriously, for all his faults, I didn’t know people still believe that Whitney Houston was this perfect princess before she met Bobby Brown. She was way more beautiful and talented than anyone today but the first time I ever heard her interviewed I could tell she was way more street than she’d been marketed, and that she and Bobby were really similar in a lot of ways even if she was beautiful and he was ugly.

  • Nic

    Um, yeah, she may have had the looks of a black debutante but Whitney clearly had a LOT in common with Bobby Brown. He was an easy scapegoat b/c he was wild and his background wasn’t really swept under the rug like hers was.

  • MeluKnows

    Exactly. The fate of her mother is sealed so it’s a moot point to go back and forth on who introduced her to drugs. This child not only needs an intervention from drugs & alchohol but from her family as well. If they were able to aid and assist Whitney in her drug habit, I don’t doubt that they’ll do the same with baby girl.

  • mrie

    “Certain groups of Black women online who couldn’t wait to villify him”?? seriously? Negro you need God, I read your comment wondering what does this have to do with Bobby and Whitney. My only answer is you have issues with black women……..and you need God (stat!)

  • http://Clutch SL

    Well, I understand what you are saying, but Bobby couldn’t even help himself. Still can’t.

  • http://Clutch SL

    Amen. She had a carefully crafted image.

  • http://Clutch SL

    @b – I’ve not seen the reality show? Is BK using???? That would be sad to imagine for me after knowing what her mom went through.

  • The Artist

    I agree. I don’t see the whole point in discussing who introduced her to drugs (other than wanting to clear Bobbi Brown’s name). But why wait until after the fact? The damage has been done.

    Now that Whitney’s gone, members of the family are out to secure a pay check. Fame is a funny’d be surprised at the people that stand by and watch others harm themselves at the expense of money.

    My heart goes out to Bobbi Christina..I wish they would stop this media payout frenzy and put their energy into really helping her.

  • jswindell

    I wish the family wouldn’t say anything to the media because it serves no purpose.

    The sad thing about drug use is that you don’t know if you will become addicted before you try it. I’m sure many posters here smoked a joint or two in their younger years or even now but you’re still functioning and don’t desire to move on to coke or heroin.

    Not to take anything from Clutch but there is an interesting comment on jacky jaspers blog (not by him) about how messy this family is/was. Very detailed if you’ve ever dealt with DCFS and assuming it’s true, Bobbi Kris may need help from several sources if she wants to see middle age.

  • Wanda

    Michael, Whitney, etc.

    Whenever I watch “Unsung,” I see just how destructive celebrity life can be.

    Be careful what you wish for.

  • Trisha

    I personally don’t think Oprah was too easy on Ms. Cissy. Oprah had the insightfulness to know she was not going to get but so much information out of her. Oprah inquired about the rumored gay relationship by asking the same question within different ways. Then she eventually switched the course of the interview by focusing on Bobby. I loved this piece about of the interview. Ms. Cissy shared enough information to clear up some lingering questions. At the same time, she made it clear I will only share but so much. Of course her devotion to her daughter will never be compromised. I loved how Ms. Cissy has taken control of the interview. Yes, this is Oprah, but still it is a limit of what should be known. Even if Whitney was gay, Ms. Cissy still wouldn’t have shared that information.

    I’m glad confirmation about Bobby introducing Whitney to drugs was settled as well. Next, I’m hoping Bobbi Kristina receives some type of intervention soon. Whitney was enough and her grandmother doesn’t need to see her daughter go down the same path.

    Overall that was a good interview. Certainly, one in which most can learn from. There is a way to share information without divulging all of it.

  • Libby

    You wish the family would say anything, but suggest that people read internet gossip? This is the reason why the family is saying something. People have a right to tell their own stories.

  • Libby

    Sweet Image? No professional image. What was she suppose to do in public at her JOB? Show up with power under her nose and cursing everybody out? I never got this idea that she had some kind of fake image. No one acts the same way at home as they do at work.

  • http://Clutch SL

    @libby – Whitney had a carefully crafted image meant to sell her music to a cross-over audience. Some people’s personality and lifestyle can be more like the audience they are selling to and some do not. For instance, if someone told me Ri-Ri was this highly educated, prissy girl who led a very sheltered life and who came from a wealthy family – well that would go against the image she projects and against what most people have of her.
    The issue of fakeness only applies to those who tend to believe what they see, without considering that images often hide more than what they reveal.

  • jswindell

    Looks like you’ve got a typo but yes, you’ve got the idea because every time someone speaks it’s like throwing gas on a match that’s about to play out.

    Dealing w/DCFS is no joke and truthfully, I did feel kind of sick after reading because it reminded me of when I worked at a group home admin offices.

    And yes, people do have the right to air laundry but the kids s/b left out of it.

  • Cocochanel31

    EXACTLY! Image has nothing to do with how whitney got hooked on drugs. When you have THAT MUCH access to money/fame drugs will literally be thrown in your face at every oppourtunity. All it probably took was her baby brother saying Try this Baby Girl in the eighties when crack/cocaine first hit the streets, and it hit the streets hard!

    Noone aspires to be an’s just something that happens. That’s why its so important not to even experiment with drugs ONE TIME because you never KNOW if you will be the person to get HOOKED!! With THAT much money at her disposal and it being the end of the disco era..I can only imagine the scene and how every night was a party….

    The cost of fame and fortune is HIGH!!

  • Cocochanel31

    And I don’t think Whitney’s image was carefully crafted, I think who we saw her as in the interviews in her early days was real. She came off as a sweet/carefree girl and I think she was!! Just so happend she got introduced to something way more sinister/ powerful than her sweet personality!

  • Marketing Gimmicks

    The mere fact that Oprah mentioned Gayelle Robin was confirmation enough for me that Whitney was clearly in love with this woman and Sissy wasn’t having it. As stunningly beautiful as Whitney was I never saw her as a woman who loved men. Out of all the choices at her feet she chose Bobby Brown and stayed with him in misery. And may God bless the dead but her wigs and weaves were never on point like a true diva. I truly believe Whitney was gay and covered up her sadness & emptiness with her addictions and toxic chaos. It makes all the sense in the world to me that a woman who had it all: beauty, talent, a model frame, a smile that lit up the room…could be so sad, broken and lonely.

    Being raised in the Black Church, having a legendary gospel singer as a mother, and having the pressure of being Mommy’s mini me had to have killed Whitney’s soul.

  • ASK_ME

    Whitney wasn’t gay. Most people believe she set her eyes on Bobby Brown because she was viewed as an “oreo” by morons in the black community. Basically she desired “street creed” and acceptability by her community. It’s unfortunate that she hooked up with a thug to get it. We can only guess where Whitney’s unhappiness stemmed but one thing is for sure…she wasn’t gay.

  • http://Clutch SL

    You are free to believe what you want to believe, but my brother toured with Whitney when she first came out..I’d rather believe his account. He told me her intro to drugs was at the hands of her brother….he also told me how she use to patrol the streets of Newark looking to buy… are free to believe what you want….

  • Libby

    ** powder88

  • Libby

    SL, not sure what point you are making. She was at work and acted accordingly. Like people do everyday. People onstage persona and off stage persona should be different. No different than one’s work persona and home life persona. Just not sure what people wanted her to show while at work.
    She was never a fame whore, so when she wasn’t promoting her music or movie you heard nothing from her.
    Who goes to work and show all their bad habits?

  • gmarie

    @B No one said Cissy had to LIKE Bobby. she can hate him for the rest of her days for all I care. But to toot around to the media and anyone else who would listen that Bobby was the start of her daughter’s downward spiral, KNOWING she had a problem long before he came into her life? Knowing that it was her own SON who ushered Whitney into the lifestyle? Knowing that it was in FACT Whitney who introduced Bobby to hard drugs? Woman..if you do nothing else in your life, take some accountability. It’s only the Christian thing to do. Considering the cycle seems to be repeating with her grand daughter it’s the smart thing to do. In my view Cissy was just as much an enabler of Whitney’s habits as Bobby was.

    Bobby and Whitney’s relationship as a couple, and who did what to who is a whole different struggle from the drug abuse they both endulged in. It was what it was and it wasn’t all good. But I have to ask…what kind of male/female relationship examples were Whitney a witness to as a child growing up?

  • ASK_ME

    Which was a mistake…she would have been better off with Kevin “the white man.”

  • Libby

    I find this interesting that Whitney and Robyn denied they were in a gay relationship. Whitney said she wasn’t gay. It’s makes it sound like one can’t be BF with a gay person without being gay. Isn’t that homophobic? Why can’t we allow people to define their own sexuality? I think some of the same people on here who go on and on about black homophobia are the ones who are doing this. Interesting.

  • Libby

    Bobby was fine back in the day. Plain and simple. Whitney saw what other women saw in Bobby.

  • ASK_ME


    Obviously you and I have two different taste. I never thought Bobby Brown was good-looking or fine. And I’m certain I’m not alone.

    I think Whitney saw a way kill the “oreo” chants she received at the Soul Train Awards…and she jumped on it.

  • Libby


    Who marries somebody because they don’t want to be called an Oreo? She wasn’t crazy. He asked her to marry him. That doesn’t even make sense.
    It’s doesn’t matter what you liked, it was what Whitney liked.

  • ASK_ME


    Be for real…people marry folks ALL the time despite NOT being in love with them. I don’t doubt Whitney grew to love Bobby, but I don’t believe that’s what first drew her to him. I don’t believe it was love at first sight. Singers like Cherelle and Pebbles confirmed the “oreo” chants hurt Whitney and they too believe Bobby’s “street creed” was the main attraction for her in the beginning.

  • Libby

    Did you watch the Oprah interview? Because she did not say that.. Actually Bobby who said he was on drugs BEFORE Whitney, said he was living a destructive life before Whitney, but “it went to hell” when they got together in his VH1 Behind the Music. He was doing hard drugs before he met Whitney.
    Two clips
    First 20 seconds of the video.:

    Starts @ 6:10
    What drugs do you think he is saying would leave an early corpse? Weed?

  • http://Clutch SL

    @Libby – my only point is that many people believed her “work personna” was who she was while not at work and they were shocked and dare I say disappointed when they found out differently

  • http://Clutch SL

    @ask_me and @Libby – actually both of you are somewhat correct.

    Whitney was hurt by the “oreo” remarks and by being called “gay” in the AA community. Whitney also loved Bobby. She and Bobby connecting seem far-fetched to most onlookers because they bought into her “work personna”.
    Whitney was not a girl scout, but most people believed she was – in large part because she couldnt stop talking about church and Jesus – even when she was already heavily diverting from her church principles. She loved Bobby and it gave her the perfect retort to dismiss the “oreo”, “gay”, “good girl” IMAGE that resulted from her “work personna”.

  • Betty

    Cissy was sharpe and to the point about her daughter. She also made Oprah aware that she didn’t approve gay lifestyle. Oprah seemed disappointed.

  • Chillyroad

    A familiar narrative. De evil black community tearing asunder the intrinsic love between a white man and a black woman. Whitey would still be alive today probably living in Switzerland with Tina Turner had the black community not stood in her way.

  • Child, Please

    You know, you are so right! I thought about that, too, but didn’t want to mention the alcoholism. One thing is sure: he seemed to really love her and didn’t feel comfortable moving on with his new wife and family until after her passing. I wish they had did what Whit wanted: prove people wrong!

  • http://Clutch SL

    @SMH – maybe she was maybe she wasn’t. Maybe she was bi-sexual. people still maintain that Oprah and Gayle are lovers. those kinds of rumors are very easy to start and even easier to believe – but doesn’t make it so. OTOH – we have seen pics of Queen so why she hasn’t come out is interesting – but we have no hard proof of W & R.

  • mr.vicious

    LOL….at the white savior complex to many bw have. Whitney did what she wanted, she did what made her happy which is marry bobby. Cant help you love, the biggest mistake anybody can make is live a life to make other people happy…marrying bobby made her happy, marrying kevin makes you feel all warm and toasty on the inside…

    Again she married the man she truely loved, had his kids and gave her soul to. Sorry but IRBW can claim the movie, but bobby claims her heart…

  • ASK_ME

    @Mr. Vicious AKA All Dawg

    You need to pick ONE name and stick to it.

    Nobody being honest about the situation can deny Kevin Costner is a BETTER man than Bobby Brown will EVER be. It doesn’t matter that one man is white and the other is black, take race out of the picture and it will still be this….

    Kevin Costner > Bobby Brown.

    Whitney realized her mistake towards the end. She divorced Bobby, kicked him to the curb…or did you forget that little FACT???

    This kneegrow was sleeping on Superhead’s sofa. I, for one, was HAPPY to hear she finally threw him under the bus. At least she went to her grave having dumped him before her death.

  • mr.vicious

    As if kevin would chose his current white wife over whitney. If bw was what he really wanted why didnt he get another bw singer or actress. Leave the kevin the white man out of this. He has his own life, wife and kids. Stop denying his current family an existence, saying whitney was better off with him, is telling him is wife is not as good as her.

  • ASK_ME

    @mr.vicious AKA alldawg

    Come again…it is a well-documented FACT that Mr. Kevin had a crush on Ms. Houston. If Whitney had wanted him at that point I’m fairly certain she could have had him (married or not).

    She could have had her pick of any race of men in the early 1990s.

    So I hate to destroy your fragile self-esteem which relies on the myth that “black women are undesirable” but in the early 1990s Whitney Houston was on top of the world with ALL races of men drooling over her….including the three times married Mr. Costner (yes, sweetie he was married to a DIFFERENT woman at that point).

  • Chillyroad

    Ask me

    Between your comments supporting Tina Turners bigotry toward black Africans and your pedastslization of Kevin Costner
    I think you have a pretty sick view of whites or rather white men as godlike figures. Bobby Brown wasn’t the only black man Whitney could have been with. She choose him over other black men and if the rumours are true over a black woman. You need to stop projecting your white supremacist views on Whiteney. She even in death doesn’t have to live out your white worship fantasies.

    Have some self respect.

  • Chillyroad

    Ask Me

    “Can you stay in your lane reserved for FAT Haitian bytches with no friends???”

    This is anger talking. You’ve made it to the promised land, girl. Why are you still so angry? I thought that white boy of yours was supposed to calm you down? He took you out the hood, got some lotions for those elbows, taught you the difference between “ask” and “axe” yet you still mad.

  • Tonton Michel

    ” He took you out the hood, got some lotions for those elbows, taught you the difference between “ask” and “axe” yet you still mad”


    ( •_•)>⌐■-■


    Thats it folks, Im done with this thread lmao.

  • ASK_ME


    Aw, what’s the matter cow? Did I hurt your feelings pointing out that your dumbarse is blind in one eye and can’t see shyt out the other???

    Your fat arse is so desperate to call someone out that you miss entire conversations staring you in the face.

    Do yourself a favor overweight heifer, go back to living on Bossip where stupid chicks like you are worshipped.

  • RJ

    I already knew in the 80′s that Bobby Brown didn’t introduce Whitney to drugs and that she was gay!!!!

  • RJ

    Whitney was gay!!!!!!

Latest Stories

Cheers! 30 Not-As-Obvious Occasions That Call For Champagne


Maker of Infamous ‘Sizzurp’ Takes it Off the Market


How To Rock: Black Women In Orange Lipstick


Newsflash: Most People Aren’t Down With the ‘Swirl’

More in cissy houston, oprah winfrey, oprah's next chapter, TV
Happy Birthday Oprah Winfrey: 59 of Her Most Awe-Inspiring Quotes
Cissy Houston Says She’s Worried About Bobbi Kristina