It’s been nearly a year since Oprah Winfrey left her show in order to begin her own network (aptly called OWN). While the network has yet to see major success, Winfrey’s newest endeavor, “Oprah’s Next Chapter,” is sure to bring in viewers.
Similar in format to some of the more in-depth celebrity interviews that aired on her longtime show, “Next Chapter” premiered on Sunday night with an exclusive interview with Whitney Houston‘s only daughter, Bobbi Kristina Houston Brown, as well as with her brother, Gary Houston, and her best friend and sister-in-law, Pat Houston.
Despite allegations of drug use and mental health issues, Bobbi Kristina seemed to be in relatively good spirits, considering her ordeal. Though her aunt, Pat, did say that Bobbi Kristina would need to make some adjustments, Bobbi Kristina has been living in Whitney’s home and doing “as good as [she] possibly can at this point.”
She’s even considering entering into her mother’s industry in order to maintain the Houston name. “I have to carry on the legacy,” she tells Winfrey. “We’re gonna do the singing thing. Some acting, some dancing.”
In the meantime, though, she’s doing her best to maintain a normal life in the face of extreme scrutiny. She’s trying to avoid reading tabloids, just as she did while her mother was alive, because the person in the magazines is “not my mother,” she says. She says that her life with Whitney prepared her not only for a life of fame, but also for a life on her own. “She was preparing me for this,” she says.
While Winfrey says that, as a “distant friend” of Whitney’s, she is comforted by the music, Bobbi Kristina says she can’t listen to recordings of her mother singing right now. “I can sing her music, but to hear it now, I can’t,” she says.
That’s not to say she doesn’t hear her mother’s voice. “I can hear her voice telling me, ‘Keep moving, baby. I got you.’ 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.'”
Bobbi Kristina says that every day since her mother’s death, she’s woken up — unprompted — at 5 each morning. “She would say, ‘At 5 a.m. the saints start praying,'” she recalls. “I wake up now and look at the clock and it’s 5 o’clock. I start praying.” She also admits that she’s felt her mother’s presence in the house, and that she’s noticed lights flickering recently. “Lights turn on and off and I’m like, ‘Mom, what are you doing?'” she says. “I can still laugh with her and still talk to her.”
She was surprisingly collected during the interview, which was conducted on-the-fly, standing in the corridor by the piano when Bobbi Kristina came in to say hello to Winfrey. Later, Pat revealed that Bobbi Kristina was just down the hall when Whitney’s body was found, on the balcony in another room at the Beverly Hilton. The day before Whitney’s death, Bobbi Kristina and Whitney had spent the entire day and night together.
“The very last day. I went to go get her,” Bobbi Kristina remembered. “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.”
Pat says that at the time of Whitney’s death, Whitney was happy with her relationship with Bobbi Kristina. “She was happy about the fact that was getting her daughter secure,” she says. “She
loved Krissy with everything that she had. Everything that she had.”