by Adam Corl
Just under a year ago, Whitney Houston died from what looks like a fatal mix of chronic cocaine use and heart disease. Her death came as a shock to many, but the fight over money and the star’s legacy did not. So it wasn’t a huge surprise when the remaining Houston’s signed on to star in a reality TV show on Lifetime Television Network, called “The Houstons: On Our Own.” The show isn’t a big hit, and leaves most people feeling more uncomfortable than entertained or informed.
Cissy Houston (Whitney’s mother) recently came out with a book, which she hopes will set the record straight on the rumors circulating about her daughter and the family she left behind. Cissy, a singer who achieved moderate success in her own day, is obviously a strong woman dealing with a terrible situation, but cleary doesn’t mind being in the spot light again.
Her tell all book has thrown the Houston matriarch back into limelight. Oprah recently interviewed Cissy and her son on the program “Oprah’s Next Chapter” which airs on OWN. The interview had everything you would expect, and Oprah was spot on in her questioning (per usual) but it was also pretty clear that Cissy was promoting a book not just setting the record straight.
Whitney’s daughter Bobbi Kristina, (shown with her mother in the photo above), is apparently outraged by her grandmother’s book, and went to twitter to publicly boycott it, saying that her grandmother’s story is disrespectful to her mother’s memory. The book does touch on some controversial topics, such as the late singer’s problems with drugs, and alleged romantic affair with a female friend.
All in all - the book seems to portray Whitney as a good person struggling with some difficult challenges. Cissy was less generous when describing Bobby Brown, which could be one of the reasons Whitney and Bobby’s daughter is upset. It could also be that Cissy went to court to try to have Bobbi Kristina’s inheritance modified to protect her from being taken advantage of.
Photo Credit: Asterio Tecson