Cissy Houston has opened up about daughter Whitney and her decision to write a book about the late superstar.
Talking from New York to Daybreak on Wednesday, as the one year anniversary of Whitney Houston’s death approaches, Cissy Houston reveals that her daughter “wanted a normal life but she became a star”.
Whitney Houston’s mother also reveals that her daughter’s fate could have been different if she hadn’t met Bobby Brown, and that she wrote the book “to let people know the real Whitney”.
Cissy Houston, 79, who was also a singer, begins her discussion about her daughter, who was found dead on February 11 2012, by saying: “She was everything to me. She was a wonderful, giving person.”
She went on to speak about how her daughter really just wanted to be the girl next door but she couldn’t live the life of a normal person once she became a star.
When Lorraine asks her: “And even though she was a superstar, you think she maybe wanted the quiet life?”
Cissy Houston replies: “Yes, that’s what she really wanted. She always said, <<All I wanted to do was sing>>. But she came and God blessed her. And she was happy about that but only sometimes I guess.”
The conversation soon turned to Whitney Houston’s much-talk about marriage to Bobby Brown and whether her life would have been different if she had never had met him.
Agreeing with this sentiment, Cissy Houston replied: “I really do. She just happened to fall in love I guess with someone that really wasn’t for her. They were from two different worlds.”
Cissy Houston reveals that Whitney Houston’s fate could have been different if she hadn’t met Bobby Brown, and that she wrote the book “to let people know the real Whitney”
At the time of Whitney’s death Cissy Houston said that she felt angry about what had happened, but a year on her feelings have changed.
“I’m not angry, I’m not angry any more. I was angry that my daughter was dead,” she said.
It wasn’t just Cissy Houston who suffered after Whitney’s death, the singer’s daughter Bobbi Kristina Brown is still coming to terms with what happened.
Cissy Houston admitted: “She’s grieving.”
Bobbi Kristina Brown is reportedly not too happy about the book’s publication and when prompted on this, her grandmother answered: “She’s a person and has a mind of her own. And she’s grieving.”
But at the end of the day Cissy Houston just wants her daughter to be remembered in a good light.
When asked by Lorraine how she would like her daughter to be remembered, Cissy Houston said: “That she was one of the greatest singers that lived, and she was a wonderful person.
“She gave to charities. I’d just like for her to be remembered for the songstress that she was.”
Tweeting about her grandmother’s book Remembering Whitney, Bobbi Kristina Brown wrote: “ANYTHING concerning my grandmothers Book I & @nickdgordon OF COURSE personally have NOTHING 2 do with I ask you pls RESPECT that Haven’t read & won’t.”
Nick Gordon is Bobbi Kristina Brown’s adoptive brother who she is now in a relationship with.
Fifty Shades of Grey’s Christian Grey has become one of the literary world’s most infamous characters.
So just where did author E.L. James get the inspiration for the man who enjoys kinky S&M sex in his red room of pain?
Certainly not from her husband said the man himself, Niall Leonard, who appeared on Lorraine Kelly’s show on Daybreak this week.
The author’s husband said this is the question he is most often asked now his wife’s erotic novels have become bestsellers so he’s keen to set the record straight.
“It’s a fantasy, it’s certainly not based on me,” he said.
“In fact perhaps being married to me helped her to fantasize about someone more interesting. You are talking about a chap with a 32 inch waist and helicopter pilot licence so it’s certainly not based on me.”
Fifty Shades of Grey’s Christian Grey has become one of the literary world's most infamous characters
Leonard Niall said he and his wife, whose real name is Erika Mitchell, are still “coming to terms” with the success of her books. Since being published last year, they have become worldwide bestsellers, smashing records for paperback sales and making Erika Mitchell a fortune.
He said the sales have been beyond their dreams given Erika Mitchell only wrote the novels “for fun”.
He said: “She wrote it for herself, all the best books are written for the person who writes them. It was her own story, her own dream. She put it down on paper for a few friends to read it and then wanted it published to have her name on it.
“It was doing ok last summer and then it got bigger and bigger and then exploded. We’re still coming to terms with it, it’s happened so quick we’re both still in shock.”
The books have been so popular the film rights have been snapped up. Who will be cast in the role of Christian remains hotly anticipated with Ryan Gosling the current favorite for the part. But Leonard Niall said he is currently none the wiser on who will be cast despite his wife being involved in the film project.
“Every actor in Hollywood wants the part but I don’t know if it’s been cast yet,” he said.
The couple, who live in Ealing, London, with their two sons are both writers and Leonard Naill has recently published his own novel, Crusher, which he describes as a modern contemporary thriller.
Leonard Niall already worked as a TV screenwriter but was inspired to become a novelist by his wife – before her books became bestsellers.
He said: “She had a really good time doing it. I saw she was enjoying it so much and she was writing the story she wanted to be told.
“I wanted to sit down and write my own story. She said <<why don’t you?>> so that’s when I did.”
Leonard Niall pointed out his novel is nothing like his wife’s although he said it does have some “naughty bits”.