Whitney's Mom Tells of 'Beyond Disturbing' Visit

Cissy Houston reams Bobby Brown in new memoir

By Newser Editors and Wire Services

Posted Jan 29, 2013 10:24 AM CST

(Newser) – Cissy Houston has a few words, and a few more, for Bobby Brown. In Remembering Whitney, out today, the mother of the late Whitney Houston writes that from the start she had doubted whether Brown was right for her daughter. And she thinks that Whitney might not have ended up so "deep" into drugs had they not stayed together. "I do believe her life would have turned out differently," Houston writes. "It would have been easier for her to get sober and stay sober. Instead she was with someone who, like her, wanted to party. To me, he never seemed to be a help to her in the way she needed." More:

  • During a recent telephone interview, Houston said she has no contact with Brown and didn't see any reason to, not even concerning her granddaughter, Bobbi Kristina.
  • Houston remembers a horrifying 2005 visit to the Atlanta home of Brown and Houston, where the walls and doors were spray-painted with "big glaring eyes and strange faces." Whitney's face had been cut out from a framed family picture, an image she found "beyond disturbing."
  • Houston said she wanted the book published so the world would not believe the worst about her daughter, but she acknowledges in the book that her daughter could be "mean" and "difficult" and questions at times how well she knew her.
  • Brown is portrayed as childish and impulsive, hot tempered, and jealous of his wife's success.

This Jan. 22, 2013 photo shows American gospel singer and author Cissy Houston posing for a portrait in New York.   (Photo by Dan Hallman/Invision/AP)
In a March 28, 1998 file photo Whitney Houston and her husband Bobby Brown arrive for the Versace Fall 1998 fashion show in New York.   (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, file)
Bobby Brown and his wife Whitney Houston arrive at Vanity Fair's Oscar party at Morton's in Hollywood on Sunday, March 25, 2001.   (AP Photo/Laura Rauch)
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