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March 11, 2012
Bobbi Kristina Brown decided to give her first interview since the death of her mother to Oprah Winfrey, an interview that aired Sunday during "Oprah's Next Chapter" on the OWN channel. She chose to sit down with Winfrey because she trusts her, reported TMZ. She has not spoken with any other members of the press.
Below is the live feed of the interview from USA TODAY
Below is the live feed of the interview from USA TODAY
10:11 p.m. This segment opens with a clip of Whitney singing with her brother, Gary. Gary has now joined the conversation with Pat and Oprah. He starts by talking about how he was very much the older brother, looking out for Whitney.
As time went on, he says, "The stakes got higher."
Oprah asks if he feared he would one day get a call, like he got on Feb. 11? "Not this soon," says Gary. "I never thought it would end up like this, really."
Gary says he always could tell Whitney the truth, and so would their mother, Cissy Houston.
And how is Cissy? "It's rough for her," says Gary.
Oprah says she invited Cissy to speak on the show, but Cissy said she's not ready to talk right now. She did tell Oprah that she wants the world to know she's not angry at the funeral home about the photo of Whitney in the casket that wound up on the cover of a tabloid.
10:06 p.m. What does Pat miss most? "The laughter. The sweetness about her. How much she cared about people, and people that she loved."
Says Pat of Whitney now, "She's at peace. There are no more struggles. She doesn't have to struggle with certain decisions. God's got it. She's got the ultimate protector - someone that she believed in, I mean truly believed in."
And, says Pat, "She gave it her all."
10:01 p.m. Oprah asks Pat how it felt that day. "It was extremely surreal," says Pat. "Even to this day, but her spirit is so strong. She's always telling me, I got you. I got your back."
Oprah clarifies that Mary found Whitney, and then Ray came in the room from across the hall. And Pat was the next person in the room.
Oprah says the Whitney spoke of getting herself in shape and getting her famous voice back. Pat says Whitney "knew" the damage she had done to herself. "but she still could sing - better than most with what she had."
9:50 p.m. Oprah asks Pat about the day Whitney died.
It was the day of Clive's Grammy party, says Pat, who explains she had a room on a floor beneath Whitney's. "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."
When they got back, Pat headed to Whitney's room. "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." Pat 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.'" But Pat said she didn't know why she said that.
"I knew something was wrong. I didn't know what. I was just numb. I walked," says Pat. She and Oprah both start welling up. "As I got closer," says Pat, "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.'"
When she got into the room, Pat says, "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."
Pat starts to cry. "I'm sorry," she tells Oprah.
"Then I saw her. She had a peaceful look on her face. She had a peaceful look."
Pat didn't know how Whitney got to the floor. "I know they had to pull her out of (the tub)."
The paramedics asked Pat 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."
Pat says Bobbi Kristina was down the hall at the time. "I just had to keep my calm. One of the hardest things I've ever had to do, but I had to do it."
9:41 p.m. Oprah goes back to two nights before Whitney's death, when Whitney went to a nightclub. "I was concerned. I knew she wanted to have a good time. I wanted to make sure she was going to be OK."
She explains that there was lots of talk about a confrontation that night. "And there was a confrontation" with X Factorfinalist Stacy Francis. But, she adds, "There was no physical fighting."
Was Whitney lonely? "According to family, she's always been a loner. She loved the idea of being married and having a protector."
So, was Whitney happy? "She was happy about the fact that was getting her daughter secure. She loved Krissy with everything that she had. Everything that she had. She was happy with the decisions she was making as it relates to her."
9:32 p.m. Oprah says Whitney spoke of trying to "dim her light" so that she could be a good wife to Bobby Brown. Oprah says many people blame Bobby for introducing the singer to drugs.
"I don't think that's true," says Pat. "There was always so much outside interference," she said, 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."
"Did you try to get her help for the drugs?" asks Oprah.
"Without a doubt," says Pat. "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 Pat think drugs would end up taking her? "The handwriting was kind of on the wall. I would be kidding myself to say otherwise."
Pat knew Whitney's lifestyle was a risky one. "I saw her chasing a dream," says Pat. "Looking for love in all the young places."
9:30 p.m. Oprah talks to Pat in her home. They're seated in what appears to be the living room. Pat, who managed Whitney for 20 years, says the last time she was in the house was New Year's.
Pat "saw everything," says Oprah, meaning all the good and all the bad through the years. Oprah asks when Pat knew Whitney "was in trouble."
"The end of the 90s," says Pat.
9:20 p.m. Oprah asks Bobbi Kristina if she was an obedient child. "I was a little rebellious," says Bobbi Kristina, "but when it came down to it, I ran to mom."
Her favorite memory of Whitney? "On tour. Being who Whitney Houston is."
When did you know she was 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," says Bobbi Kristina. "That's when it hit me."
Bobbi Kristina said she knew of Whitney's insecurities and pain, as expressed by Kevin Costner at the funeral. "She would come to me and say, 'Did Mommy do OK? Did I look OK?' I'd say, 'You're beautiful. You're fine. You're perfect.'"
9:15 p.m. The segment opens with a clip of Whitney on stage, singing, as a young Bobbi Kristina holds on to her. "My baby," says Whitney.
Back to the conversation - Oprah and Bobbi Kristina never sit down for a formal interview. They chat, standing by the piano.
Is it true you were buddies? "We were, just like that," says Bobbi Kristina. "Of course, we had our arguments, we had everything, but at the end of the day, that was still my mother, my confidante, my everything."
Oprah asks if she will go into show biz. Says Bobbi Kristina: "I have to carry on the legacy."
"We're gonna do the singing thing. Some acting, some dancing."
That's a lot of pressure.
"It's a lot of pressure, but she prepared me for it."
Does it seem real to you that she's gone? "Sometimes, no. It's so surreal that I still walk in the house, 'Mom?' ... But I've accepted it."
Oprah asks about the last day with her. "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."
Anything you want the world to know? "That she literally is an angel. I saw her hurt. I saw her cry. We held each other through that," says Bobbi Kristina, not being specific. "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."
9:05 p.m. Bobbi Kristina enters the room. "How are you doing," asks Oprah.
"I'm doing good," says Bobbi Kristina, brushing her bangs out of her eyes. "I'm doing as good as I possibly can at this point. I'm just trying to keep going."
What's getting you through it? "My family," says Bobbi Kristina. "The Lord."
"I can sing her music, but to hear it now, I can't. I can hear her voice telling me to keep moving, baby, I gotcha. She's always with me. I can always feel her with me. She used to always say, 'Do you need me?' And I said, 'I always need you.'"
Bobbi Kristina says the grief "comes in waves.... Her spirit is strong."
Oprah says she sometimes can feel a spirit over and through her. "Exactly!" says Bobbi Kristina. "I feel her pass through me all the time. I wake up at night. 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."
Bobbi Kristina says Whitney has visited her. "Lights turn on and off and I'm like, 'Mom, what are you doing?' I can still laugh with her and still talk to her."
She says she's "fine" to be in her house and explains that she's doing the interview with Oprah so everyone will know of Whitney's spirit. "No one knows what an amazing spirit she was. She wasn't only a mother, she was a best friend. She was a sister, a comforter. The spirit that she had .... touched everyone."
9:03 p.m. Oprah visits Pat at her home outside Atlanta. Pat says 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."
Pat tells Oprah she and Gary are her main support. Bobbi Kristina is staying in Whitney's house, says Pat.
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According to a yahoo article singer Whitney Houston died today but the causes were unknown. Below is the article.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Whitney Houston, who reigned as pop music's queen until her majestic voice and regal image were ravaged by drug use, erratic behavior and a tumultuous marriage to singer Bobby Brown, has died. She was 48.
Publicist Kristen Foster said Saturday that the singer had died, but the cause and the location of her death were unknown.
At her peak, Houston was the golden girl of the music industry. From the middle 1980s to the late 1990s, she was one of the world's best-selling artists. She wowed audiences with effortless, powerful, and peerless vocals that were rooted in the black church but made palatable to the masses with a pop sheen.
Her success carried her beyond music to movies, where she starred in hits like "The Bodyguard" and "Waiting to Exhale."
She had the perfect voice and the perfect image: a gorgeous singer who had sex appeal but was never overtly sexual, who maintained perfect poise.
She influenced a generation of younger singers, from Christina Aguilera to Mariah Carey, who when she first came out sounded so much like Houston that many thought it was Houston.
But by the end of her career, Houston became a stunning cautionary tale of the toll of drug use. Her album sales plummeted and the hits stopped coming; her once serene image was shattered by a wild demeanor and bizarre public appearances. She confessed to abusing cocaine, marijuana and pills, and her once pristine voice became raspy and hoarse, unable to hit the high notes as she had during her prime.
"The biggest devil is me. I'm either my best friend or my worst enemy," Houston told ABC's Diane Sawyer in an infamous 2002 interview with then-husband Brown by her side.
It was a tragic fall for a superstar who was one of the top-selling artists in pop music history, with more than 55 million records sold in the United States alone.
She seemed to be born into greatness. She was the daughter of gospel singer Cissy Houston, the cousin of 1960s pop diva Dionne Warwick and the goddaughter of Aretha Franklin.
Houston first started singing in the church as a child. In her teens, she sang backup for Chaka Khan, Jermaine Jackson and others, in addition to modeling. It was around that time when music mogul Clive Davis first heard Houston perform.
"The time that I first saw her singing in her mother's act in a club ... it was such a stunning impact," Davis told "Good Morning America."
"To hear this young girl breathe such fire into this song. I mean, it really sent the proverbial tingles up my spine," he added.
Before long, the rest of the country would feel it, too. Houston made her album debut in 1985 with "Whitney Houston," which sold millions and spawned hit after hit. "Saving All My Love for You" brought her her first Grammy, for best female pop vocal. "How Will I Know," ''You Give Good Love" and "The Greatest Love of All" also became hit singles.
Another multiplatinum album, "Whitney," came out in 1987 and included hits like "Where Do Broken Hearts Go" and "I Wanna Dance With Somebody."
The New York Times wrote that Houston "possesses one of her generation's most powerful gospel-trained voices, but she eschews many of the churchier mannerisms of her forerunners. She uses ornamental gospel phrasing only sparingly, and instead of projecting an earthy, tearful vulnerability, communicates cool self-assurance and strength, building pop ballads to majestic, sustained peaks of intensity."
Her decision not to follow the more soulful inflections of singers like Franklin drew criticism by some who saw her as playing down her black roots to go pop and reach white audiences. The criticism would become a constant refrain through much of her career. She was even booed during the "Soul Train Awards" in 1989.
"Sometimes it gets down to that, you know?" she told Katie Couric in 1996. "You're not black enough for them. I don't know. You're not R&B enough. You're very pop. The white audience has taken you away from them."
Some saw her 1992 marriage to former New Edition member and soul crooner Bobby Brown as an attempt to refute those critics. It seemed to be an odd union; she was seen as pop's pure princess while he had a bad-boy image, and already had children of his own. (The couple had a daughter, Bobbi Kristina, in 1993.) Over the years, he would be arrested several times, on charges ranging from DUI to failure to pay child support.
But Houston said their true personalities were not as far apart as people may have believed.
"When you love, you love. I mean, do you stop loving somebody because you have different images? You know, Bobby and I basically come from the same place," she told Rolling Stone in 1993. "You see somebody, and you deal with their image, that's their image. It's part of them, it's not the whole picture. I am not always in a sequined gown. I am nobody's angel. I can get down and dirty. I can get raunchy."
It would take several years, however, for the public to see that side of Houston. Her moving 1991 rendition of "The Star Spangled Banner" at the Super Bowl, amid the first Gulf War, set a new standard and once again reaffirmed her as America's sweetheart.
In 1992, she became a star in the acting world with "The Bodyguard." Despite mixed reviews, the story of a singer (Houston) guarded by a former Secret Service agent (Kevin Costner) was an international success.
It also gave her perhaps her most memorable hit: a searing, stunning rendition of Dolly Parton's "I Will Always Love You," which sat atop the charts for weeks. It was Grammy's record of the year and best female pop vocal, and the "Bodyguard" soundtrack was named album of the year.
She returned to the big screen in 1995-96 with "Waiting to Exhale" and "The Preacher's Wife." Both spawned soundtrack albums, and another hit studio album, "My Love Is Your Love," in 1998, brought her a Grammy for best female R&B vocal for the cut "It's Not Right But It's Okay."
But during these career and personal highs, Houston was using drugs. In an interview with Oprah Winfrey in 2010, she said by the time "The Preacher's Wife" was released, "(doing drugs) was an everyday thing. ... I would do my work, but after I did my work, for a whole year or two, it was every day. ... I wasn't happy by that point in time. I was losing myself."
In the interview, Houston blamed her rocky marriage to Brown, which included a charge of domestic abuse against Brown in 1993. They divorced in 2007.
Houston would go to rehab twice before she would declare herself drug-free to Winfrey in 2010. But in the interim, there were missed concert dates, a stop at an airport due to drugs, and public meltdowns.
She was so startlingly thin during a 2001 Michael Jackson tribute concert that rumors spread she had died the next day. Her crude behavior and jittery appearance on Brown's reality show, "Being Bobby Brown," was an example of her sad decline. Her Sawyer interview, where she declared "crack is whack," was often parodied. She dropped out of the spotlight for a few years.
Houston staged what seemed to be a successful comeback with the 2009 album "I Look To You." The album debuted on the top of the charts, and would eventually go platinum.
Things soon fell apart. A concert to promote the album on "Good Morning America" went awry as Houston's voice sounded ragged and off-key. She blamed an interview with Winfrey for straining her voice.
A world tour launched overseas, however, only confirmed suspicions that Houston had lost her treasured gift, as she failed to hit notes and left many fans unimpressed; some walked out. Canceled concert dates raised speculation that she may have been abusing drugs, but she denied those claims and said she was in great shape, blaming illness for cancellations.
This is a big shock and I am praying for her family. She will be missed. Words cannot express the shock.