By Sowmya Krishnamurthy
Whitney Houston’s daughter, Bobbi Kristina, will finally break her silence on her mother’s death to talk show maven Oprah Winfrey. Oprah has secured an exclusive interview with Bobbi along with the late singer’s brother Gary Houston and sister-in-law and manager, Patricia Houston. The interview will air March 11 (9pm ET) on OWN, Oprah’s cable network, as part of the “Oprah’s Next Chapter” series. According to an OWN news release shared by the LA Times, Bobbi Kristina will share “personal memories of her mom and how she would like the iconic superstar to be remembered. The family also addresses the rumors and speculation surrounding Houston’s death.”
Bobbi Kristina has been at the center of media attention in light of her mother’s tragic death. The daughter of Whitney and ex-husband Bobby Brown was rushed to the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in LA when the news first broke, and was treated for stress. private ceremony in New Jersey on February 19, following a nationally-televised, emotional “homegoing” on February 18. The grand ceremony was a fitting farewell to an icon, in which she was memorialized by family, friends and stars including Clive Davis, actor Kevin Costner, Alicia Keys and R. Kelly.
Whitney was at her peak the definitive pop diva that all others were measured up to. Her phenomenal vocal range and gorgeous looks made her a multi-genre sensation. The daughter of gospel singer Cissy Houston, her pristine voice ruled the 80s and 90s with a slew of chart-topping albums and memorable songs like “I Wanna Dance With Somebody (Who Loves Me)” and “The Greatest Love of All”; she broke the chart record with seven consecutive Billboard #1 songs. Her promising film career included roles like 1992’s The Bodyguard and 1995’s Waiting to Exhale and her rendition of “I Will Always Love You” from the former film stands as one of the most recognized and beloved songs in pop history. Houston’s artistic influence is indelible still on subsequent generations from Mariah Carey to Christina Aguilera and Jennifer Hudson.
Despite a long-standing public battle with addiction and a tumultuous relationship with then-husband Bobby Brown, Whitney was working on staging a personal and professional comeback at the time of her death. She had wrapped filming on the movie Sparkle with Jordin Sparks and was working on new music. Since her untimely passing, Whitney has sold over 1 million albums and singles. The diva lives on.