Next month, “Remembering Whitney” will hit the bookshelves. In it, author and Grammy winning singer Cissy Houston writes candidly about her late daughter Whitney’s severe drug problems, and the downward spiral which led to her sudden death nearly one year ago.
Publishers describe the memoir as an “unabridged and unbelievable story.” The Houston matriarch described being shocked by her daughter’s skeletal appearance at the Michael Jackson tribute concert in 2001, yet felt unable to confront her daughter. She relates: “Whitney hid from me. I didn’t want her to run completely away from me.”
Whitney sold over 170 million albums, singles, and videos worldwide. A singer in her own right, the elder Houston led a successful career as a backup singer for such artists as Elvis Presley and Aretha Franklin. Whitney was found dead in a foot of scalding hot water in a tub at the Beverly Hilton Hotel the day before the Grammy Awards. Some of her fans suspect foul play.
Of Whitney’s ex husband Bobby Brown, the elder Houston wrote: “I blame him for the way he treated her, but I don’t blame him for her drug problems.” But, she adds: “He was no help to her at all.” She also writes about her disapproval of her daughter’s long time relationship with former assistant Robyn Crawford, who became her creative director, and was the first to let her know her daughter had a problem with drugs. Tormented by Whitney’s death, Houston describes feeling “angry she died alone, in those conditions. I’m still mad about that.”
A portion of proceeds from the book will be donated to the New Hope Baptist Church in Newark, N.J. where Whitney sang as a child, and where her funeral was held.