Many questions weighing heavy on the hearts of Whitney Houston supporters were answered last night when Houston’s daughter, Bobbi Kristina Brown, her brother, Gary Houston, and sister-in-law, Patricia “Pat” Houston, all sat down with Oprah to address the icon’s passing in a special airing of ‘Oprah’s Next Chapter.’
“She would say at 5 a.m. the saints start praying,” said the 19-year-old, only daughter of the pop star. “I wake up now and look at the clock and it’s 5 o’clock. I start praying.”
Bobbi Kristina told Winfrey she’s managing as best she can, that she’s “just trying to keep going” and feels her mother’s lingering presence around her, even in the form of flickering lights.
“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 explained, mentioning she aimed to further her mother’s legacy through her own career in singing and acting. Of her lasting memory with Whitney the day before she died, Bobbi Kristina commented, “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.”
Winfrey saved the more probing questions for Gary and Patricia, asking them to recount the day Whitney died and to touch on reports she’d been abusing drugs and alcohol throughout the prior week. Patricia, who managed Whitney for 20 years, responded saying she didn’t know for certain, but doubted Whitney could have hid the fact she was on drugs with so much on her plate and so many people surrounding her.
On the day of her death, Whitney’s sister-in-law was staying at the Beverly Hilton a floor below her, and had left briefly to run errands during the time the singer was found. She returned to discover Whitney’s assistant screaming in the hall.
“I knew something was wrong. I didn’t know what. I was just numb,” Patricia remembered, beginning to cry. Whitney’s bodyguard attempted to revive her “to the point of exhaustion,” along with a team of paramedics, but it was too late.
“I saw them cover her up and I knew that was it,” said Patricia. (source)
Pat Houston also spoke about the argument that happened at a pre-Grammy party between Whitney Houston and former X-Factor U.S. finalist Stacy Francis in the day leading up to Houston’s death. The event, which was called Kelly Price & Friends: For the Love of R&B, took place at Tru Hollywood in Los Angeles. Francis (who came in 10th place on “The X Factor” U.S. in 2011) was hired to perform at the event. (Read more details here)
“There have been lots of talk of a confrontation that she had. Well, there was, kind of. There were words back and forth between [Whitney] and a young lady I believe was on ‘The X Factor.’ [Stacy Francis] comes over, and she says hello, but you keep seeing her. Every corner that we go to, here she comes. Didn’t know her. She didn’t know her from Adam.
“I don’t know what the initial conversation was. I just know that it didn’t feel right … I saw expressions. I saw tears … from the young lady [Stacy Francis]. I said, ‘It’s time to go.’ [Whitney] did not want to leave. I said, ‘No.’
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