Entries in Cissy Houston (5)


Cissy Houston and Bobbi Kristina Reach Agreement on Whitney's Fortune

Jason Merritt/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Whitney Houston's mother has reportedly reached an agreement with Bobbi Kristina as to how her mother's multi-million dollar fortune will be paid to her, TMZ reports.

Cissy and Pat Houston, who are both co-executors of Whitney's estate, filed papers in an attempt to change the way Whitney's money would be paid out to her daughter because they felt it was "too much, too soon," TMZ says. Bobbi Kristina was initially supposed to receive an estimated $20 million in three payments: $2 million at age 21, $4 million at age 25 and the remaining $16 million at age 30.

But Bobbi and Cissy have reportedly reached an agreement, and sources say the original plan was hardly unchaged, according to TMZ.

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Cissy Houston Refuses Room at Hotel Where Whitney Died

Gilbert Carrasquillo/FilmMagic(LOS ANGELES) -- Whitney Houston's mother, Cissy Houston, performed a tribute to her late daughter at the BET Awards in Los Angeles on Sunday night. 

Earlier in the weekend, she was reminded of Whitney's death after she was booked at the Beverly Hilton hotel, where the singer was found unconscious back in February.

According to, Cissy felt uncomfortable with the idea of staying at the hotel, so arrangements were made to put her up in another hotel.  However, the website says Cissy at some point in the future wants to visit the room where Whitney died in order to gain closure.

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Whitney Houston’s Mother Performs Easter Tribute to Daughter

Gilbert Carrasquillo/FilmMagic(NEW YORK) -- Whitney Houston’s mother, Cissy Houston, performed at an Easter celebration Sunday at the Newark, N.J., church where the late singer’s funeral was held.

According to WABC-TV in New York, Houston directed the choir at the New Hope Baptist Church and sang “He Would Not Come Down” solo, in tribute to her daughter.

She told the congregation, “I’m not myself yet. But I know the Lord is working on me.”

Whitney, who died in February, performed at the church as a child.

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Whitney Houston’s Mom: ‘I Did The Best I Could’

Gilbert Carrasquillo/FilmMagic/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Gospel Singer Cissy Houston has been publicly silent since the death of her beloved daughter Whitney Houston on February 11. But the 78-year-old mother has finally spoken about her grief in an interview at the Hope Baptist Church where Whitney’s funeral was held.

Cissy Houston told New Jersey’s MY9′s 10 O’clock news that she’s not angry, nor does she blame anyone for her daughter’s death.  “There’s nothin’ I can do about it… ain’t nothin’ nobody can do about it, if I thought I could do something to bring her back that’s exactly what I’d do about it…but I know that’s impossible.”

The woman that inspired her daughter to follow in her footsteps and start her career by singing in the church choir said that she knows she did the best she could.  “I don’t blame myself.  I know I did the best I could for everything.” Cissy Houston, who is still performing, spoke to the station during a break at rehearsal for this year’s Gospelfest.  “My children are my whole life,” Cissy said.  “She was very special to me…she was my only daughter, and a good one.”  And in the end she says she is very proud of her daughter.  “She accomplished a whole lot in the short time that she had here…she was a very wonderful person.”  The full interview airs Monday on My9′s 10 O’Clock News.

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Whitney's Daughter Bobbi Kristina to Spend Time with Family

Jason Merritt/Getty Images(NEWARK, N.J.) -- Now that Whitney Houston has been laid to rest, sources say her daughter Bobbi Kristina will be spending time with family and friends as she as deals with the loss of her beloved mother with whom she was incredibly close.

Denise Council, who attended the ceremony at New Hope Baptist Church on Saturday told People that during the ceremony "Bobbi Kristina broke down, but she was good. She was up in the front row ... and (did) pretty good, all considering."

Council added that Houston's mother Cissy was "wonderful."

One of the more moving moments of the weekend was the image of Bobby Kristina hand in hand with her grandmother, Cissy Houston, entering the Newark funeral home on Friday to say goodbye to Whitney Houston privately.

It was the first time the 18-year-old had been seen since her mother was found dead on Feb. 11.

The only child of Houston and singer Bobby Brown had been in Los Angeles with her mother to attend pre-Grammy festivities and was staying at the Beverly Hilton Hotel when Houston was found dead in her hotel room.

Whitney Houston's brother-in law, Billy Watson, told that Bobbi Kristina was "doing OK" after she "broke down" the weekend Houston died and had to be taken to the hospital twice for stress and anxiety.

Bobbi Kristina spent some time with her father in California before returning to New Jersey for her mother's funeral.

"My daughter Bobbi-Kristina is doing much better," Bobby Brown said in statement last week. "We continue to provide love and support to Bobbi-Kristina. She is dealing with the tragedy of her mother's death and would prefer to do it outside of the public eye. I ask again that our privacy be respected."

On the family's reality-TV show, Being Bobby Brown, it was Bobbi Kristina Brown who often acted more like the parent in the often-erratic relationship between her mother and father.

Sources close to the family say that Houston's well-known battles with addiction were also a heavy burden for her daughter to bear.

"It's very common, when a parent has an addiction, for the child to be parentalized," Dr. Drew Pinsky, host of HLN's Dr. Drew, told ABC News. "It's almost a survival mode to try and control and maintain that addictive parent safely, the child takes on the role of parent or parents."

Bobby Brown has denied that Bobbi Kristina has used drugs.

After the National Enquirer published photographs in May that appeared to show Bobbi Kristina snorting cocaine, her father Bobby Brown told ABC News Now, "I don't know anything about that. My daughter, she doesn't, she doesn't do that."

Bobbi Kristina Brown also defended herself on Twitter a day after the photos came out, saying she was "set up" by a money-hungry ex-boyfriend because of "a horrible relationship that went sour."It's really not what it looks like," she wrote.

The Daily Beast reported that after Saturday's funeral service, Bobbi Kristina disappeared for several hours leading, to panic in the Houston family. Cissy Houston was reportedly "beside herself."

According to the report, "there was some confusion about Bobbi Kristina's whereabouts last night for a short time, but she's OK," a Houston family spokesperson told The Daily Beast. "She needed some time alone."

The spokesperson added that Bobbi Kristina isn't on drugs and is just emotionally fragile at this time. "She is going through a very hard time as you can expect."

Brown, an aspiring singer herself, posted a video in September of her singing acapella Adele's Someone Like You on her Twitter page.

Despite her rich musical lineage the road ahead musically could be tricky.

"There is no way people are not going to compare her to her mother -- not to Rihanna, to her mother -- and if she doesn't sound on par with her mother or better, people are going to say horrible things," Billy Johnson Jr., a senior editor at Yahoo! Music, told "The public scrutiny is so great.

"I would encourage her to take her time," Johnson said. "People said the same thing about Michael Jackson's children. She needs to sort out things in life a little bit more before rushing into this adult world.

"I think she's already dealing with a lot," he told ABCNews.

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