Last night, Oprah owned The ratings as she sat down with Whitney’s daughter Bobbi Kristina and Whitney’s sister-in-law Pat Houston and brother Gary for an intimate interview conducted just days after Whitney’s Funeral. Bobby Kristina embodied strength as she spoke on her mom’s legacy and her final days with Whitney, while Pat was straight forward as she spoke on the drugs, Whitney’s last night out at club Tru Hollywood and if her sister was looking for love in all the wrong places. Pat also detailed the moment they found Whitney in the hotel room dead.
Check out excerpts from the interview and video below:
I have to carry on the legacy. We’re gonna do the singing thing. Some acting, some dancing. It’s a lot of pressure, but she prepared me for it.
On if it seems real to her that she’s gone
Sometimes, no. It’s so surreal that I still walk in the house, ‘Mom?’ … But I’ve accepted it.
On her last day with her mom
The very last day. I went to go get her. 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.
On if it’s anything she would like the world to know
That she literally is an angel. I saw her hurt. I saw her cry. We held each other through that. They don’t know who she was. Everything people are saying about her – all that negativity, it’s garbage. That’s not my mother. … In reality, I know who she was. Her family knows who she was.
On if she was an obedient child
I was a little rebellious but when it came down to it, I ran to mom.
On her favorite memory of Whitney
On tour. Being who Whitney Houston is.
On when she realized her mom was THE Whitney Houston
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.
You just got that at the funeral?
Yes, that’s when it hit me.
From Pat’s Interview
Pat on how Bobbi Kristina is doing now
Bobbi Kristina “is taking it one day at a time. She’s staying between homes. … I see her every single day. Trying to give her some time. She’s grieving. She lost her mother. You have to give her some time to make adjustments.
On if she thinks Bobby Brown was the blame for introducing the Whitney to drugs
I don’t think that’s true. There was always so much outside interference, making it difficult for them to have a good relationship. You’re talking about two people who started out in the business very, very young.
On if she tried to get her help for the drugs
Without a doubt. In 2003, 2004, I had spoken to Bobby’s mother and other family members to intervene. We were always trying, but the choice was always theirs, and hers.
Did you think drugs would end up taking her?
The handwriting was kind of on the wall. I would be kidding myself to say otherwise.
On Whitney’s lifestyle being a risky one
I saw her chasing a dream. Looking for love in all the young places.
On why she decided to go with Whitney to the nightclub (Tru Hollywood)
I was concerned. I knew she wanted to have a good time. I wanted to make sure she was going to be OK.
On what happened that night at Tru Hollywood and if rumors are true that Whitney got into a fight with X-Factor’s Stacy Francis (Stacy told a tabloid that Whitney confronted her after she spoke to Ray J):
There have been lots of talk of a confrontation that she had. Well, there was, kind of. There were words back and forth between [Whitney] and a young lady I believe was on ‘The X Factor.’ She comes over, and she says hello, but you keep seeing her. Every corner that we go to, here she comes. Didn’t know her. She didn’t know her from Adam.
I don’t know what the initial conversation was. I just know that it didn’t feel right … I saw expressions. I saw tears … from the young lady. I said, ‘It’s time to go.’ [Whitney] did not want to leave. I said, ‘No.’
I didn’t hear the words [of the argument]. There was no physical fighting. I would never let that happen. And we headed out that door [….]I don’t know her, and I don’t have anything negative at all to say about her. I’m just saying what I saw. And she made herself present everywhere we were.
On the day Whitney died
I was working in my room and decided I needed to go pick up something pertaining to the party. Mary (Whitney’s assistant) checked on her before we left. She’d been asking for me all morning. … She called my phone twice. She hadn’t seen my face. Usually I go up and see her and that was one day I didn’t. [I headed down the hallway] and I hear screams. I kept walking very slow. A woman opened her door and said, ‘Is everything all right?’ I said ‘Dial 911.’
I knew something was wrong. I didn’t know what. I was just numb. I walked as I got closer and I turn the corner, Mary’s at the door and she’s screaming, ‘Oh my god.’ I told her to stop. ‘Calm down, please. I saw my brother, Ray (security guard), trying to revive her to the point of exhaustion. The paramedics were coming in at that point. I said, ‘Ray, let it go.’” … He was so out of breath. I felt so badly for him. Then I saw her. She had a peaceful look on her face. She had a peaceful look.
I know they had to pull her out of (the tub). [The Paramedics asked me to leave]. I just couldn’t do it. I said, ‘Don’t touch me, please.’ I couldn’t leave her. I could not leave her. I saw them cover her up and I knew that was it. I knew that that was it. Looking at her and watching that, I still could not believe it. I could not believe it. [Bobbi Kristina was down the hall]. I just had to keep my calm. One of the hardest things I’ve ever had to do, but I had to do it.”
Oprah interviewing Bobbi Kristina standing up gave the interview a different dynamic than if it was an actual sit-down, and although most viewers were tuning in to see if Bobbi Kris would be a complete wreck, she handled herself exceptionally well. Only Oprah could have conducted an interview like this…