It’s been almost a year since the music world was rocked by the loss of legendary songbird Whitney Houston.
In the latest installment of Oprah Winfrey‘s Next Chapter, Ms. Winfrey heads to Whitney’s native New Jersey for an in-depth interview with her mother Cissy and brother Michael. The 79-year-old gospel singer, who groomed Whitney into the global phenomenon, discussed her new book Remembering Whitney, hoping to show the world who her daughter was beyond the controversy.
She recalls her last visit with Whitney during the holidays and the paralyzing moment she received the news of her death from her son. “My son called me and he was screaming, ‘Mom, Mommy.’ Then, oh God. I said, ‘What is wrong, what’s wrong?’ He just said, ‘Nippy. Nippy.’ I said, ‘What’s wrong with Nippy?’ … I was getting annoyed because he wasn’t telling me anything. He said, ‘Mommy.’ I said, ‘Is she dead?’ And he said, ‘Yeah, Mommy, she’s dead.’ And I don’t remember too much else after that.”
Michael then speaks on-camera for the first time on the responsibility he takes for introducing his sister to drugs. “Being together most of the time, and her following behind me…we played together, you know? And everything that you do together as you’re growing up, and then when you get into drugs, you do that together too. And it just got out of hand,” he recalls.
“I have my own demons to deal with and I feel responsible for her,” he says. “I always have. I just feel like I could’ve taken better care of her.”
Watch the emotional episode below.
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