Oprah Winfrey's Interview With Whitney Houston's Family
Oprah Winfrey interviewed the late Whitney Houston's family on OWN television on Sunday, March 11, 2012 exactly one month after the singer's death on February 11, 2012. The superstar was found dead in a Beverly Hills hotel bathtub. As of today, the real cause of her death still has not been released to the public.
Oprah was the one granted the first and only interview with the family because of her close connection with the Houstons. When Whitney came back on the scene after a 7-year absence from singing, she appeared on a two-hour special with Oprah three years ago. That special was aired again before the interview with the family.
Interview Begins with Bobbi Kristina Brown
Oprah appeared at Gary and Patricia's Houston house outside Atlanta for the interview.
The interview began with Oprah appearing and briefly talking with Patricia until Bobbi Kristina, 19, Whitney's only child appeared. The three of them never sat down. Oprah didn't do a formal interview with Bobbi Kristina. It seems more like a chat between the two with Bobbi Kristina frequently using nervous gestures such as touching her face and patting her hair.
She assured Oprah she was doing as well as can be expected. She shared with Oprah that she want to carry on the legacy of her mother by using her "voice" to sing and act.
Bobbi Kristina said she saw her mother as just "mom." It was not until they went on tour and at the funeral that she realized her mother was a worldwide icon and was loved by so many.
Interview with Patricia Houston
Oprah and Patricia sat for a much longer interview.
Patricia is married to Whitney's brother. She was her manager, close friend and confidante. Patricia answered some personal questions about Whitney since she knew her well after working for her over 20 years,
She said the handwriting was on the wall about Whitney's drug use, and it was not Bobby Brown, Whitney's ex-husband who was to blame for her substance abuse.
Patricia recounted the day Whitney died. At times both she and Oprah shed tears during the memories.
Patricia said, "Whitney is at peace now. The struggle is over. She is with God, her ultimate protector."
Interview with Gary Houston, Whitney's Oldest Brother
Gary joined his wife on the couch. He talked frankly about Bobby Brown saying the two of them got along very well. He said the family felt violated when the open casket picture of his sister appeared on the front page of a tabloid.
When asked how he was doing, Gary said:
"It is well with my soul. It is well with my soul."
Gary, also a singer, said what he will miss the most is singing with his sister.
End of the Interview
The interview ends with Oprah, Patricia and Gary standing beside the piano and their daughter, Rayah, playing "I Look to You" as Gary sings. He does well before bursting into tears.
A clip is shown with Whitney Houston singing "I Look to You" and the 90-minute special concludes.