Bobbi Kristina Brown tells Oprah Winfrey: Whitney Houston was 'my everything'

 

In her first interview since Whitney Houston's death, daughter Bobbi
Kristina Brown said she was "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.

"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 singer's brother.

Brown credited her family and God for helping her cope since her mother's death on February 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.

Houston, who had struggled with drugs and alcohol in the past but according to family apparently had been clean, was found in a bathtub at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in California 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.

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.

"When 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.

The 90-minute television special also touched on the singer's ex-husband, 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. "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 did not 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 Brown and his daughter have a relationship, but she indicated they had not 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."

Instead, she described her as her confidante, a sister, her best friend - "my everything".

She still spends time in the house she and her mother shared, and she said at times it is hard to believe her mother's not there.

"Sometimes it's so surreal. I still walk into the house like, 'Mom?"' she said. "But I've accepted it."

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