This week's episode of Oprah's Next Chapter features Cissy Houston and is required viewing. The celebrated gospel singer candidly discusses the life of her daughter Whitney Houston, who died almost one year ago.
The piece de resistance: Cissy Houston addresses the speculation and rumors around her daughter's sexuality. Houston admitted that she "did not know" if Whitney had a romantic relationship with her longtime friend and employee Robyn Crawford—who is a lesbian—but she would "never" accept or condone that.
Houston's response leaves Oprah speechless. Watch AFTER THE JUMP ...
OPRAH: "Would it have bothered you if you knew that your daughter Whitney was gay?"
HOUSTON: "Absolutely. Absolutely."
OPRAH: "You would not have liked that at all?"
OPRAH: "You would not accept or condone ..."
Those one word responses spoke volumes about the relationship between mother and daughter. It also offers a possible context for Whitney Houston's unhappiness and self-destructive behavior. There's a great conversation about this at Son of Baldwin's Facebook.
Cissy Houston used the words "arrogant" and "disrespectful" to describe her initial impressions of Crawford. There is much more in Houston's upcoming memoir Remembering Whitney: My Story of Love, Loss and the Night the Music Stopped, reports USA Today.
She also expresses reservations in the book about Robyn Crawford, Whitney's longtime friend and sometime housemate and business associate. Cissy writes that upon meeting Crawford, she was taken aback by her "arrogance" and "abrasive" behavior, also noting, "As I would later learn, she was also gay, although that had nothing to do with why I didn't like her."
Of course it didn't.
Whitney Houston died on February 11 2011 in a Beverly Hills hotel room. Houston was found underwater in a bathtub. The causes of death was drowning due to heart failure exacerbated by alcohol and cocaine consumption.