New York: In her first interview since
Whitney Houston's death, daughter Bobbi Kristina Brown said she's "doing
as good as I possibly can" and recalled the tender last moments she shared
with her superstar mother before her sudden death last month.
According to a report which appeared in FoxNews.com,
the 19-year-old claimed, "She's always with me," said the 19-year-old,
Houston's only child and sole heir. "Her spirit is strong, it's a strong
spirit. I feel her pass through me all the time."
Brown made the
comments in a Sunday interview with Oprah Winfrey on Winfrey's network,
OWN, that also featured Pat Houston, the singer's manager and
sister-in-law, and Gary Houston, the brother of Whitney Houston. Brown
credited her family and God for helping her cope since her mother's death
on Feb. 11 at the age of 48. "It comes in waves. One moment I can be happy
and laughing, but then it comes over me. It's my mom," she said.
who had struggled with drugs and alcohol in the past but according to
family had been apparently clean, was found in a bathtub at the Beverly
Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, Calif., on the eve of the Grammys. She was
to attend a pre-Grammy party the night she died. Brown said the night
before her mother's death, she asked Houston to spend the night with her.
"I slept in her arms all day, all night long," said Brown, whose father is
singer Bobby Brown.
Pat Houston said in the days before Houston
died, the singer had not been abusing drugs, despite reports that she had
been acting erratically. She said an event she attended two days before
her death where Houston looked disheveled was particularly difficult
because the legendary performer got into a verbal spat with a former
contestant on the "X Factor." Pat Houston would not name the woman, but
Stacy Francis has said that she and Whitney Houston had words that night.
to Pat Houston, Francis "made herself present everywhere we were,"
unnerving Houston and leading to an argument. The day of her death had
been uneventful, according to her manager. Houston had lunch in her hotel
and was preparing for her mentor Clive Davis' annual party. Houston was
scheduled to tape an infomercial and other interviews that day. Pat
Houston went out to run errands for about a half hour and when she came
back, Whitney Houston's assistant went to check on the singer.
I headed down the hallway (to her room), I heard screaming," she said.
When Pat Houston arrived in the room, she saw the singer's security guard
frantically trying to revive her ahead of the paramedics. He told her: "I
tried." Pat Houston said the singer had "a peaceful look on her face." The
cause of Houston's death has not yet been revealed.
television special also touched on the singer's ex-husband, Bobby Brown,
who had a tumultuous marriage with Houston. While some have accused Brown
of introducing Houston to drugs, leading to the once pristine singer's
downfall, Pat Houston said that was untrue, and both Pat and Gary Houston
had warm words for Brown.
"I loved Bobby Brown. Bobby was a good
guy," said Gary Houston, her older brother. "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 have a relationship, but indicated they hadn't
spoken since at least Houston's funeral. Bobbi Kristina Brown said she
planned to carry on her mother's legacy and become a singer, as well as
act and dance. She expressed frustration over the "negativity" surrounding
her mother's image: "That's not my mother."
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."