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Tue Jan 29, 2013, 09:50 AM

Oprah gets Whitney Houston's mother to open up, and can't quite believe what she hears

Cissy Houston will never be a PFLAG parent

Oprah gets Whitney Houston's mother to open up, and can't quite believe what she hears

BY KERA BOLONIK


When Whitney Houston first emerged on the music scene in 1985, with her elegant looks (forgive the bow) and her exquisite, powerful voice, her family’s musical legacy was something to celebrate: Dionne and Dee Dee Warwick, and Met Opera soprano Leontyne Price were cousins. And Cissy Houston was her mother.

But her family’s legacy would seem tarnished since her death after drowning in a hotel tub, following a drug-induced heart attack (Xanax, marijuana, and cocaine were found in her system), on February 11, 2012 — and not by Whitney. Many of those who’ve survived her, including her mother, are commodifying their grief by doing so publicly: On October 24, 2012, Lifetime premiered a reality show of the surviving family — “The Houstons”— and last night, Cissy had a sit down with Oprah to promote her memoir, “Remembering Whitney,” which hits stores today.

And on that sit down, Oprah gets what she comes for — or at least, this viewer got what she wanted to see — though it took about 20 minutes of warming up her guest. Oprah approaches Cissy cautiously at first, padding Whitney’s mother’s canned, succinct responses about how their last encounters with video footage from the late 1980s of her young daughter talking about how much she loved and treasured her mother, how she owed her everything.

But then things gets real. And though there was a tug-of-war — Cissy could barely mask her defensiveness, and Oprah was considerate but dogged, determined to get her answers — really, there were two significant revelations. Here’s No. 1: Cissy arguably outs Whitney by not denying that she and Robyn Crawford, her best friend and assistant-turned-creative director — long rumored to be her lover — were a couple. She simply says she doesn’t know. Because she doesn’t want to know. For if she did know, she’d have had to reject her daughter.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Tue Jan 29, 2013, 12:58 PM

1. Rage inducing...

Just for a second. Then heartbreaking...

I can't wait for the day when this stupid fucking bullshit is seen as the idiocy it is.

Till it's seen as the equivalent of thinking left handed people are influenced by the devil.

Stupid fucking bullshit. I'm sorry... I'm just emotional... That poor woman... So many poor sons and daughters. I want to slap the shit out of parents like this.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Tue Jan 29, 2013, 01:51 PM

2. Before I read this I didn't like Cissy Houston...

I see her out promoting a book, a year after her daughter's death...I think it's disgusting the way she's trying to cash in...not surprising she's a homophobic slug, too.

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