Cissy Houston Reveals Intimate Details of Whitney’s Life in New Book

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It’s hard to tell whether Cissy turned a blind eye to her daughter’s drug use early on or just didn’t recognize the symptoms. She says that she realized, especially the night of the Michael Jackson show that something was going on, and even said that she knew Whitney was high, but throughout some of the worst of it, she seemed reluctant to intervene. But in 2005, she did, going with her son Gary to Atlanta where Whitney was living with Bobby in horrific conditions that were later documented by “The National Enquirer.” With the help of sheriffs and a court order, Cissy had her daughter committed to rehab.

“I guess I should have been relieved or maybe even happy, but this was the worst I’d ever felt in my life. I was hurting like a dog because Nippy was so angry with me. I knew I’d done the right thing, but I hadn’t been able to reach her, and I had never felt such a gulf between my daughter and me.” (page 235)

One thing that Cissy makes clear in the book is that Whitney was a strong-willed woman. While people around her didn’t always agree with her choices, they were her own. Cissy does have her regrets about their relationship, though, wishing that she and her daughter had been even closer. She admits that in the last years of Whitney’s life, they didn’t even see each other that much.

“…For whatever reason, she could never talk to me about anything that upset her, unless she was really in trouble. I wish we had found ways to communicate better with each other, before things got to a crisis point. I don’t know, maybe some of that was my fault. I was touchy about certain things and quick to tell her – or anybody – if I didn’t like what was going on. “ (Page 260)

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  3. I did read this book too and I got a lot more out of the book than those five things. But what can be learned from the life of Whitney Houston is that you have to be strong and lead your own life no matter what other people think. I would hate to think that she ended a few of her relationships because of what the world or her mom thought. Which is what I feel is suggested. This woman left a legacy far greater than any other female entertainer out there past and present but for some reason we as a culture want to focus on the bad. Haven’t we heard enough bad things. We like to engulf bad things as a culture.
    I feel as if she should rest and god knows she needed it. Just because she did drugs didn’t make her a bad person and just because her husband didn’t introduce it to her doesn’t exempt him for how he treated her.
    A correction if I must the National Enquirer pics were taken when she wasn’t there Ms. Cissy clarifies that. We can”t rewrite history but from some reason we like to dwell in it for newsworthy sources.
    I for one couldn’t have been Whitney Houston and God rest her soul. She endured a lot and was crticized early on from her own race and believe me that had to cut her. She had to listen to the jokes and see the tabloids and things on the her that at times weren’t true. Did the black race do anything to lift her up. No! We continued right on until she left this world and for some reason no one feels any guilt and that’s the saddest part of the whole story. Including her ex husband who feels like she wronged him and about 5 % of the population agree with and that is sick.

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