In her new memoir, Cissy Houston says daughter Whitney Houston "knew better" than to use drugs.
The one year anniversary of the death of Whitney Houston is slowly approaching, and her mother Cissy wants people to know that she was never okay with Whitney’s choice to use drugs, and she says so in her new book.
“Good mothers and good fathers and good families don’t always have great children,” she told "Today."
Cissy has published a book titled, Remember Whitney: My Story of Love, Loss, and the Night the Music Stopped, a memoir about Whitney’s life and how Cissy is struggling with the loss of her daughter. She said she decided to write the book because the public had a strong misconception about Whitney and their relationship.
“We didn’t have a troubled relationship… I think people just make up things. She and I were very, very close…I was very proud of her and I still am,” she said.
When it came to Whitney’s drug addiction, Cissy said she doesn’t blame Whitney’s ex-husband Bobby Brown, because she didn’t know much about him.
“I know he didn’t help her. I don’t blame him. Everybody is responsible for their own actions up to a point. She was raised, she knew better, and whatever took her to that position, I really don’t know,” she said. “She was taught; she knew the way.”
Cissy said Whitney was a wonderful, giving and loving person, who just didn’t like confusion, and maybe that is what led to her drug usage. She said she tried to save Whitney from a life of drugs, but “it just wasn’t in the cards."
Now almost a year after Whitney’s untimely death, Cissy said that even though she misses Whitney and would give anything to have her back, she doesn’t think that Whitney’s life ended too soon.
“I trust in God. His ways are not our ways, so we have to go with that, and there’s nothing I can do about it,” she said.
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