Last month, we reported here at Clutch that Cissy Houston, mother to “The Voice” as she was known by her industry father Clive Davis, was shopping a tell-all book about her daughter. Some of us held our breath in hopes that it was just the grief talking; while others shouted at our computer screens, “Don’t do it, Cissy!”
But now it’s official.
Houston has signed a deal with well respected publishing house HarperCollins to tell the ‘unabridged and unbelievable story’ of Whitney Houston, reports The Daily Mail. In a statement released last week, she had this to say:
“When I lost my daughter Nippy (Whitney Houston’s nickname), the world lost one of the most beautiful voices and an extraordinarily beautiful and charitable woman.
“In sharing our story in this book, I hope to give her fans something to treasure, the way we all treasured Whitney. We are still receiving thousands of letters each day from her fans, and I hope reading this book will provide a deeper understanding into my daughter’s true story.”
While there are some who believe that it’s appropriate for Houston to write the tell-all, many others, allegedly including the some family members, aren’t too pleased with what they consider to be her continued “cashing in” on the supernova’s death. The accusations first began when she decided to sell footage of the funeral to benefit Bobbi Kristina.
A portion of the proceeds from the book will go to Whitney’s childhood church, New Hope Baptist Church in Newark, New Jersey.
This will be Houston’s second book. Her memoir, How Sweet the Sound, was published in 1998. As previously reported on Clutch, Whitney’s close friend Bebe Winans is also writing a book about Whitney, tentatively titled “The Whitney I Knew.”