Whitney Houston’s daughter Bobbi Kristina Brown, sat down with Oprah Winfrey on Sunday on “Oprah’s Next Chapter,” where she opened up about her mother’s death and how she’s coping.
Here are some highlights of Bobbi Kristina Brown interview with Oprah Winfrey:
Whitney Houston’s last moments
Whitney Houston was found in a bathtub at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California, on February 11. Bobbi Kristina Brown, 19, said the night before Whitney Houston’s death, she asked her mother to spend the night with her. “I slept in her arms all day, all night long.”
Whitney Houston is always there for Bobbi Kristina
“She’s always with me,” said Bobbi Kristina. “Her spirit is strong, it’s a strong spirit. I feel her pass through me all the time. I can hear her voice in spirit talking to me.”
Bobbi Kristina Brown sat down with Oprah Winfrey and she opened up about Whitney Houston's death and how she's coping
Bobbi Kristina’s family is helping her to cope
Bobbi Kristina credited her family and God for helping her cope. “It comes in waves. One moment I can be happy and laughing, but then it comes over me. It’s my mom,” she said.
Bobbi Kristina has been spending time in her mother’s Atlanta mansion. The 19-year-old explained: “Sometimes, it’s so surreal. I still walk into the house like, <<Mom?>> But I’ve accepted it.”
Carrying on Her Mother’s Talent
“I have to carry on the legacy,” says Bobbi Kristina. “We’re going to do the singing thing. Some acting, some dancing.”
Oprah Winfrey’s interview with Whitney Houston’s daughter Bobbi Kristina Brown on Sunday gave OWN network its biggest viewership yet.
Whitney Houston’s family interview, which aired on OWN’s “Oprah’s Next Chapter” from 9:00 to 10:30 p.m., racked up 3.5 million total viewers, according to the network.
That’s a dramatic improvement over OWN’s previously most-watched program Oprah Winfrey’s January 8 interview with celebrity pastor Joel Osteen, which drew 1.6 million total viewers.
Oprah Winfrey's interview with Whitney Houston's daughter Bobbi Kristina Brown on Sunday gave OWN network its biggest viewership yet
Oprah Winfrey’s Bobbi Kristina Brown interview also drew a 3.1 rating in the key women 25-54 demographic, with a 3.3 household rating.
Sunday’s installment in “Oprah’s Next Chapter” represented a 444 percent increase over the season average in the key demographic. It jumped 417 percent boost in total viewership and 378 percent in the household rating.
Patricia Houston, Whitney Houston’ sister-in-law, has spoken about the moment she found the singer dead in her hotel room on February 11 during her interview with Oprah Winfrey on Oprah’s Next Chapter.
Speaking to Oprah Winfrey in her first TV interview since Whitney passed Patricia Houston recounted the events of that fateful day.
Pat Houston explained how Whitney had eaten lunch in her hotel room at the Beverly Hilton and she was returning from running an errand when she went to go and see the singer in her room.
Patricia Houston explained: “I headed down the hallway I heard screaming.
“I was going to her room she had been asking for me she had called my phone twice and I was going to see her.
“I headed down the hallway to her room and I heard screams and I saw the hairstylist (Mary) drop to her knees and I kept walking very slowly a woman opened her door.
“I saw the makeup artist drop to her knees and I knew something was wrong I was just numb I walked I told her to dial 911.”
At this point both Patricia Houston and Oprah Winfrey broke down in tears at the emotional story.
After regaining her composure Patricia Houston continued: “I got close and I turn the corner Mary was at the door and she is screaming <<Oh my god>> I told her to stop and I said <<calm down>>.
“When I got into the room I saw Ray [security guard] trying to revive her to the point of exhaustion. I said <<Ray>>, the paramedics were coming in at that point, I said <<Ray let it go>>.
“He said <<I tried>> he was so out of breath I felt so badly for him.”
Patricia Houston, Whitney Houston’ sister-in-law, has spoken about the moment she found the singer dead in her hotel room on February 11 during on Oprah’s Next Chapter
Patricia Houston said Whitney was in the bathtub and had a peaceful look on her face.
Whitney Houston’ sister-in-law explained: “She was in the tub – I don’t know how she got there. They had to pull her out of the tub and were trying to revive her.”
Patricia Houston, who was not only Whitney’s friend but also her manager, said the paramedics asked her to leave.
She said: “I couldn’t leave her and I said don’t touch me please and I saw them cover her up and I knew that that was it. I knew that was it. Just looking at her and watching that I still could not believe it I could not believe it.”
While all this was going on Whitney Houston’s daughter Bobbi Kristina Brown was also at the hotel and was in fact sitting on the balcony of her own hotel room down the hall.
Oprah Winfrey made sure she got the details of that day clear and said: “Mary found her and Mary called Ray who was across the hall and you were the next person in that room?”
Patricia Houston replied: “I believe so yes.”
Describing her relationship with Whitney, Patricia Houston said: “There was a spiritual connection.”
She also said that she felt Whitney Houston’s spirit was still with her and speaking to her – something Whitney’s daughter Bobbi Kristina had spoken of earlier.
Patricia Houston said: “Her spirit is so strong she is always telling me <<I got you I got your back.>>”
Later in the interview Patricia Houston also said that she always feared drugs would end the singer’s life.
Patricia Houston also said she was “kidding herself” to say that she hadn’t worried about the tragic singer’s lifestyle over the years.
Speaking for the first time to Oprah Winfrey, Patricia Houston, who is married to Whitney’s brother Gary, was asked if she thought drugs would end up “taking” Whitney Houston. The “handwriting was kind of on the wall”, she replied.
Whitney was changing how she lived, Patricia Houston said, and “it wasn’t about substance abuse or anything like that relative to the … latter days or anything like that”.
“It was just more of a lifestyle. I was afraid for other things,” Patricia Houston added.
“I saw her chasing a dream, you know, looking for love in all the wrong places.”
Whitney Houston was found unresponsive in a Beverly Hilton hotel room in LA on February 11. The exact cause of death is yet to be confirmed, as toxicology results are still pending.
“Were you always afraid of that day, February 11, showing up in your life?” Oprah Winfrey asked Patricia Houston.
“Were you always afraid of getting a phone call or hearing that this is the day that it’s happened?”
“If things hadn’t changed. But things had, were, changing,” Patricia Houston responded.
“Things were really changing with her. Very much so. … I was afraid for other things.”
Patricia Houston also spoke about the Thursday night before the singer’s death when she Bobbi Kristina and Whitney attended a party together.
At the pre-Grammy event Whitney Houston was said to have had a fight with former American Idol contestant Stacy Francis.
Patricia Houston said she went to the event as “sister protector” and saw Whitney and Stacy exchange angry words but said there was no violence.
Oprah Winfrey also spoke to Whitney Houston’s brother and Patricia’s husband Gary who said he never thought he would have received a call saying his younger sister was dead.
Gary Houston said: “Not this soon I never thought anything like this would happen.”
He also outlined that Whitney Houston’s husband Bobby Brown had been welcome at the funeral and contrary to reports the singer’s family had never not wanted him there – but he said he didn’t know what happened at the funeral, Bobby was said to have stormed out over a seating issue.
Oprah Winfrey asked the couple if either of them had spoken to him.
Patricia Houston said: “He reached out to me a couple of days after the funeral.”
She said Bobby Brown asked after Bobbi Kristina and she said: “I told him she was OK.”
When asked if Bobby Brown and Bobbi Kristina have a relationship, Patricia Houston said she didn’t really know but added that “their last meeting in California was sweet”.
Patricia Houston, Whitney Houston’s sister-in-law and former manager, said she feared that drugs would end the singer’s life.
In a partial transcript of an interview with Oprah Winfrey scheduled to air Sunday, Patricia Houston said she would be “kidding herself” to say otherwise.
Patricia Houston was asked if she thought drugs would end up “taking” Whitney Houston. The “handwriting was kind of on the wall,” she replied.
Whitney Houston was changing how she lived, her sister-in-law said, and “it wasn’t about substance abuse or anything like that relative to the … latter days or anything like that.”
“It was just more of a lifestyle. I was afraid for other things,” Patricia Houston said.
“I saw her chasing a dream, you know, looking for love in all the wrong places.”
Patricia Houston, Whitney Houston's sister-in-law and former manager, said she feared that drugs would end the singer's life during Oprah’s Next Chapter interview
Bobbi Kristina, Whitney Houston’s daughter with singer Bobby Brown, also was interviewed for the episode of “Oprah’s Next Chapter” airing 9 p.m. EST Sunday on Oprah Winfrey’s OWN channel.
Bobbi Kristina Brown, 19, discusses how she wants her mother to be remembered, OWN said Thursday.
Whitney Houston was found underwater in a Beverly Hills hotel room bathtub on the eve of the Grammy Awards. Investigators found several bottles of prescription medication in the room, and tests were being conducted to determine the cause of her February 11 death aged 48.
Whitney Houston, whose hits included “I Will Always Love You,” had a history of substance abuse.
Whitney Houston’s family members, including her mother Cissy and daughter Bobbi Kristina Brown, took the opportunity to pay their respects in private at Whigham Funeral Home, Newark, New Jersey, yesterday.
Millions of viewers are expected to witness Whitney Houston’s funeral at noon today.
Bobbi Kristina Brown, 18, who made her first appearance since being rushed to hospital after collapsing through stress following her mother’s passing, was seen arriving at Whigham Funeral Home in Whitney Houston’s hometown of Newark, alongside her tearful grandmother Cissy Houston.
They were later joined by famous faces including Whitney Houston’s life-long friend and mentor Clive Davis and as well as the singer’s cousin Dionne Warwick.
Bobbi Kristina Brown, 18, who made her first appearance since being rushed to hospital after collapsing through stress following her mother's passing, was seen arriving at Whigham Funeral Home in Whitney Houston's hometown of Newark
Funeral director Caroline Whigham told the crowd gathered outside that the viewing “was done in privacy between a mother, a daughter, two brothers and a family,” according to People magazine.
The mourning family was also accompanied by a strong police presence which ensured the large crowds of fans who gathered outside the home kept their distance.
The heavy officer presence comes amid police warnings for fans to stay at home to watch the service rather than scramble for a place near the New Hope Baptist Church. Authorities say fans will not even be able to get within six square blocks of the church.
Cissy Houston was escorted into the building by a priest and held hands with a woman in a crisp white shirt. The former gospel singer was dressed smartly in a black coat with an orange and brown leopard print scarf wrapped around her shoulders.
Cissy Houston was escorted into Whigham Funeral Home by a priest and held hands with a woman in a crisp white shirt
Whitney Houston’s daughter Bobbi Kristina Brown, pictured in public for first time since she was rushed to hospital following the singer’s death in a Beverly Hills hotel, arrived at the funeral home in dark jeans, white vest and a black jacket.
Bobbi Kristina Brown appeared controlled as she entered the funeral home. “There are moments when she is strong and moments when it all hits her,” a source told People magazine.
“She can’t escape it.”
Bobbi Kristina is the daughter of Whitney Houston and her former husband Bobby Brown. It has been reported that the teen will now live with her grandmother “indefinitely” according to HollywoodLife.com.
However, a new report on TMZ.com this morning claimed that Whitney Houston’s family are keen for Bobbi Kristina to enter a “live-in rehab facility” as soon as possible, but are willing to wait until after the funeral to allow the teenager time to grieve her mother’s passing.
TMZ claims that Bobbi Kristina has, for the past three of four years, struggled with “substance abuse issues”, and her family are said to be keen for her to seek help before her problems get any worse.
Bobbi Kristina Brown hid her eyes between a pair of sunglasses and held the hand of a friend as she walked past security. Family and friends were greeted by what appeared to be an Egyptian-decorated casket outside the home.
As well as close family of Whitney Houston in attendance friends also gathered together to pay their respects.
Whitney Houston’s cousin Dionne Warwick was seen arriving and had wore a white shirt and a pair of dark trousers.
The late singer’s mentor and life-long friend Clive Davies also made an appearance as reports have emerged the music producer tried to get the singer to enter rehab in the weeks leading up to her death.
Whitney Houston’s on-off boyfriend Ray-J was seen making his way through LAX airport with his sister Brandy on their way to New Jersey ahead of the funeral.
Kevin Costner, who starred opposite Whitney Houston in the 1992 film The Bodyguard, was also seen making his way east at the airport.
Fans gathered outside where they signed a book of condolence and laid tributes, including flowers, balloons and teddy bears.
It is expected that fans will be blocked off the site once Whitney Houston’s family arrives for her wake ahead of today’s funeral.
Bobby Brown broke down in tears onstage during a Mississippi concert just hours after hearing of his ex-wife Whitney Houston’s death.
Bobby Brown, 43, who was said to be “in and out of crying fits” after hearing about Whitney Houston’s death, wept during his performance, saying “I love you, Whitney”, as he blew kisses to the sky.
A relative of Bobby Brown said that he is “shattered and beyond devastated” at the news and had flown to be with his and Whitney Houston’s daughter Bobbi Kristina, who has reportedly checked herself into hospital after downing alcohol on hearing of her mother’s death.
Bobby Brown was spotted at Nashville airport yesterday with an entourage of people.
He is undoubtedly desperate to get to the bedside of his daughter after the teen was rushed to hospital earlier today.
Bobbi Kristina Brown’s initial trip to the hospital came after learning of the devastating news, when the teenager reportedly consumed alcoholic drinks and was then given a sedative to calm her down by one of her mother’s entourage. She ended up passing out, according to RadarOnline.
Bobby Brown arrived at LAX last night to take care of daughter Bobbi Kristina after Whitney Houston’s death
It is understood that Bobbi Kristina Brown was admitted to hospital again Sunday morning to be treated for anxiety and stress, before being released later in the day.
After he learned about his ex-wife’s death, Bobby Brown decided the show must go on and still took to the stage to perform with his band New Edition, just hours after the iconic singer’s sudden and tragic passing.
A video posted by an audience member to YouTube showed Bobby Brown struggling to perform and nervously pacing around the stage as he attempted to sing songs with his band.
According to Us Weekly, Bobby Brown received huge applause as he came onstage late, after apparently breaking down just before the show was due to begin.
A source told Us Weekly that Bobby Brown broke down during his performance of the ballad Tenderoni, and asked the audience to sing along as he sobbed.
He was then unable to finish the song and walked off, with the concert finishing shortly afterwards.
A source has said: “He wanted to tell everyone about it before it hit the news. He didn’t want any of us to hear about it on television.
“He could hardly get the words out when he called me. He was sobbing, and by the end of the call, I was sobbing too. He’s beside himself right now.”
Whitney Houston died Saturday afternoon at the Beverly Hilton hotel in Los Angeles, aged 48.
Bobby Brown and Whitney Houston had a notoriously turbulent relationship that was riddled with drug use and marital problems.
Whitney Houston admitted that she and Bobby Brown took cocaine and marijuana together through their 14 years of marriage.
During this tumultuous time, Bobby Brown was arrested for drugs and alcohol and Whitney Houston entered drug rehabilitation programs twice.
They wed in July 1992 and eventually separated in September 2006, before their divorce was finalized in April 2007.
WHITNEY HOUSTON: THE LIFE OF AN ICON
* Sold over 200 million albums worldwide
* First female artist to debut an album at No1 on the Billboard 200 Albums Chart
* Guinness World Records cited her as the most awarded female artist of all time
* Won six Grammy Awards and was nominated twenty-six times
* Only artist to chart seven consecutive No1 Billboard Hot 100 hits
* Appeared in four films, including 2012′s Sparkle with Jordin Sparks
Whitney Houston’s daughter, Bobbi Kristina, was reportedly taken to hospital today just hours after her mother was found dead in a hotel bathroom.
Bobbi Kristina, 18, was rushed out of the Beverly Hilton hotel on a stretcher at around 10:30 a.m. this morning. She was reportedly suffering from anxiety after learning of the devastating news.
It comes as the first picture emerged today of Whitney Houston’s on-off boyfriend Ray-J leaving the hotel with his head in his hands, completely distraught.
Whitney Houston's daughter, Bobbi Kristina, was reportedly taken to hospital today just hours after her mother was found dead in a hotel bathroom
Whitney Houston drowned alone in a bathtub having accidentally overdosed on a cocktail of prescription drugs and alcohol after two back-to-back evenings of out-of-control binges, it has been claimed.
The singer was found dead under the water by her bodyguard in a luxury hotel suite said to have been littered with bottles of prescription pills. She was 48.
Ray-J mentioned “missed calls” from Whitney Houston, according to the International Business Times, adding: “We all gotta live with that.”
Paramedics battled to revive the singer but she was pronounced dead at 3:55 p.m. yesterday afternoon, hours before she had been due to perform at a pre-Grammys party at the Beverly Hills Hilton in LA.
At first it was thought that Ray-J had found Whitney Houston’s body but a statement was later released by his spokesman saying “he was nowhere near the scene but no less distraught”.
According to reports on gather.com moments before the news broke, Ray-J was seen trying to console Bobbi Kristina, who was screaming, in the lobby of the hotel.
The singer/reality TV star and Whitney Houston dated between 2007 and 2009 but it was believed they had recently picked up their romance after being spotted at an LA restaurant.
Ray-J, 17 years younger than Whitney Houston, is the youngest brother of the singer Brandy and made a sex tape with Kim Kardashian in 2003 which was reportedly “leaked” on to the Internet.
Bottles of Lorazepam, Valium, Xanax and a sleeping medication were found in the hotel room, it has been claimed. The drugs were believed to have acted as sedatives, causing her to fall asleep in the bathtub once they had been mixed with alcohol from the previous evenings.
An autopsy is to be carried out today, according to TMZ, but the results will be delayed as toxicology tests must also be run.
Her frantic daughter Bobbi Kristina is understood to have got into a “furious screaming argument” with authorities who refused to let her into the hotel room to see the body of her dead mother. Friends of Whitney Houston’s cousin Dionne Warwick, who also went to the hotel to try to see the body, have said that she is “inconsolable”.
Police also turned away Ray-J from Whitney Houston’s suite on the fourth floor after he raced from his home following news of her death, reported TMZ.
Whitney Houston’s body remained at the hotel today where her family, including her daughter were paying their last respects, according to RadarOnline. Last night around 800 guests attended a pre-Grammys dinner at the hotel where Whitney Houston died.
Outside, fans gathered to mourn the star, leaving floral tributes and lighting candles.
The exact cause of death was not yet known. But on the Thursday evening before her death, Whitney Houston went on a wild binge in which she is said to have clashed with security guards. The next evening she “partied heavily, drank and chatted loudly” with friends at the hotel bar, claims TMZ.
According to Forbes, the night before Whitney Houston’s death, a hotel guest on the third floor beneath where the singer’s suite of rooms were located, had complained that water was pouring into his bathroom around 2:30 a.m.
Police have begun searching the hotel room for any signs of illegal drugs. The circumstances of the death are not thought to be suspicious but the authorities are investigating.
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