Oprah Winfrey scored the first exclusive interview with Bobbi Kristina Brown since her mother, Whitney Houston, died on Feb. 11. Bobbi Kristina has been understandably distraught since the sudden death of Houston. Though the world lost a legend, the 19-year-old lost a mother, a confidante and a best friend.
Bobbi Kristina offered her first interview to Winfrey, who was a friend of Whitney Houston's while she was alive. Winfrey visited the house of Gary and Patricia Houston, Houston's brother and sister-in-law, in Georgia where Bobbi Kristina had been staying.
I think it's ironic that [learning to love yourself] was something she continued to struggle with until the very end, said Oprah Winfrey on Sunday night, in a pre-recorded interview intro. Whitney was, is, and will always be loved. And now she knows it.
Bobbi Kristina remained composed through the 15-minute chat with Winfrey. It was an easy conversation; the young girl spoke with confidence and passion when remembering her mother. I'm getting through it. I'm doing as good as I possibly can at this point. I'm just trying to keep going, the 19-year-old told Oprah Winfrey in a pre-taped interview that aired Sunday on Oprah's Next Chapter on the OWN channel.
She said that her family and the Lord are helping her stay strong. Whitney Houston passed away suddenly on Feb. 11 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. No cause of death has yet been determined, though a toxicology report is expected soon.
Bobbi Kristina Brown remembered her mother once asked her, Do you need me, baby? Bobbi Kristina responded, I'll always need you.
The young girl told Winfrey that she still feels her mother's presence around her. I feel her pass through me all the time. I wake up at night, she said. She would say at 5 a.m. the saints start praying. I wake up now and look at the clock and it's 5 o'clock. I start praying.
She has even noticed unusual occurrences in the house that she believes is her mother's spirit. Lights turn on and off and I'm like, 'Mom, what are you doing?' Brown said. I can still laugh with her and still talk to her. Whitney Houston has also come to Bobbi Kristina in her dreams.
Oprah Winfrey asked Bobbi Kristina if she took care of mother Whitney Houston just as much as her mother took care of her. The young girl responded positively, saying that although they fought they were always there for each other.
At the end of the day, that was still my mother, that was still my confidante, that was still my everything, said Bobbi Kristina.
She said that it is difficult to deal with the paparazzi since her mother's passing, but that her mother prepared her for a life in the spotlight. Bobbi Kristina even hinted at following in her mother's footsteps. I have to carry on the legacy, she explained. We're gonna do the singing thing. Some acting, some dancing.
Bobbi Kristina told Winfrey that she does not want the public to remember her mother the way the media has portrayed her as of late. She said that, as for the drug rumors and negativity, They don't know who she really was. They just want to talk. She said that Whitney Houston's family, friends and even Oprah Winfrey knew the real Whitney.
I just saw her as mom. The first time I saw her as a worldwide icon was when we went on tour. And the funeral. . . She made an impact not only on a few people. She made an impact on the world.