Dionne Warwick, Whitney Houston’s cousin, appeared on Good Morning America Thursday morning to talk about the late singer, who died last month.
“She basically was the little girl I never had,” Dionne Warwick told the show’s host Robin Roberts about her close relationship with Whitney Houston, who died at the Beverly Hilton in Los Angeles on February 11.
“I’m heading toward being OK,” Dionne Warwick said.
“I have not had the opportunity to really mourn, to completely break down, which I will do, I know that. I think the comfort comes from knowing she’s in good hands now. She’s in the best hands now.”
Dionne Warwick, who spoke at Whitney Houston’s funeral, also gave an update about the singer’s mother, Cissy.
“I am so proud of her. She is really holding up so very well. She has her moments, of course, and she’ll continue to have her moments. But I think she’s come to terms with it just about now, the realization that it happened.”
“It’s not an easy thing for a parent to lose a baby,” Dionne Warwick added.
Dionne Warwick recalled how she spoke to Whitney Houston the day she died and that she flew out to Los Angeles from New Jersey in order to attend Clive Davis’ annual party before the Grammys.
“She was so up and ready and happy,” Dionne Warwick said of Whitney Houston, hours before she died.
“She had everything in the world to live for. She had a new film, that was an absolute dream to make and do, and completed that, thank God. She was getting ready to go back into the studio to record, she was getting her vocals together.”
“It’s very, very surreal,” Whitney Houston’s cousin added.
“It hasn’t really sunk in yet.”
It was revealed Wednesday that Whitney Houston’s estate will go to her daughter, Bobbi Kristina Brown, and Dionne Warwick gave a short update on how she’s doing since her mother passed away.
“That’s the one thing I love about my family: We are a family, so she has the support that she actually needs,” Dionne Warwick said.