Bobbi Kristina, in her first interview, braved several fostered questions from Oprah Winfrey about moments since the antagonizing passing of her mother Whitney Houston. Patricia Houston, not far away, was visual support for the teenager as she looked on, quietly awaiting her turn to speak with Winfrey regarding her final accounts with the legendary singer.
The first interview for Whitney’s only child, closest confidant and manager Pat along with brother Gary Houston (Pat’s husband) was held at Pat and Gary’s Atlanta, Georgia home with Oprah for OWN network.
Following a warm embrace, Oprah and a nervous —smiling Bobbi Kristina stood near a piano, which made the interviewing process seemingly a bit impromptu and not-so-serious, but as if speaking with family.
“I’m doing as good as I possibly can at this point. I’m just trying to keep going,” Krissy said.
What’s getting you through it?
“My family,” said Bobbi Kristina as she constantly swayed her hair away from her face. “The Lord.”
“Is her music comforting to you?” Oprah asked after sharing her inconsistent feelings with hearing the late singers’ voice.
“I can sing her music, but to hear it now, I can’t. I can hear her voice telling me to keep moving, baby, I gotcha. She’s always with me. I can always feel her with me. She used to always say, ‘Do you need me?’ And I said, ‘I always need you.’ ”
Winfrey went on to ask had she had “the visit”, wondering if Whitney’s spirit had come to her or not.
“Exactly!” said Bobbi Kristina as if she had a light-bulb moment. “I feel her pass through me all the time. I wake up at night. She would say at 5 a.m. the saints start praying. I wake up now and look at the clock and it’s 5 o’clock. I start praying.”
“Lights turn on and off and I’m like, ‘Mom, what are you doing?’ I can still laugh with her and still talk to her.”
Moments later, Krissy explained why she felt the interview was necessary: “No one knows what an amazing spirit she was. She wasn’t only a mother, she was a best friend. She was a sister, a comforter. The spirit that she had…touched everyone.”
Is it true you were buddies?
“We were, just like that,” said Bobbi Kristina as mother-daughter moments, pictures flashed on the screen. “Of course, we had our arguments, we had everything, but at the end of the day, that was still my mother, my confidante, my everything.”
Does it seem real to you that she’s gone?
“Sometimes, no. It’s so surreal that I still walk in the house, ‘Mom?’ … But I’ve accepted it.”
One of the most heartfelt moments of the night was when Krissy explained her last day with her mother: “The very last day. I went to go get her. I said, ‘Come lay down with me.’ She stayed with me all night and all day, rubbing my head. I slept in her arms. All day, all night.”
What does Bobbi Kristina want the world to know about her mother—from her perspective?
“That she literally is an angel. I saw her hurt. I saw her cry. We held each other through that,” says Bobbi Kristina, not being specific. “They don’t know who she was. Everything people are saying about her — all that negativity, it’s garbage. That’s not my mother. … In reality, I know who she was. Her family knows who she was.”
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