Where to Now for Bobbi Kristina?

 

It’s never easy losing a parent. But for 18-year-old Bobbi Kristina – only child of famed singer Whitney Houston RIP – there’s a lot more to deal with than just grieving for the loss of her mother.  First of all, although reports have yet to confirm it, in all likelihood, Houston died of a drug overdose. Second, her and Bobby Brown (Bobbi’s father) were estranged (and she didn’t have much to do with him so this loss was in a sense, like losing a second parent).  Third, any move she makes will be immediately in the spotlight because of how popular her mother was in the Hollywood music world.

Bobbi in Crisis?

Bobbi has been followed since the private funeral of her late mother.  Since then, she has been with her family.  However, there was some fear in the early hours after the funeral as the daughter of the 48-year-old pop star could not be found. Indeed, one report even suggested she was found getting high in a hotel room just a few hours after her mother was laid to rest, but others sharply deny this.  Still it has been noted that her family has been pushing her to go to rehab.  Although if you listen to BeBe Winans – a friend of the family – Bobbi Kristina is “doing great.”

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Just before the funeral, Houston’s mother – along with Bobbi – attended an emotional private viewing.  Later on, Clive Davis came to the funeral – the man who was responsible for discovering the singer’s talents back in the 1980s.

Bobbi’s Battles

At such a difficult time for the 18-year old, it is surely utterly unfair that her father got into a nasty fight with Houston’s family because he claimed he wanted to see his daughter.  He was denied access after he flew to LA to be there for her but at least, thankfully, decided not to involve his lawyers. Truthfully though, there may be some sympathies for the man since he was moved around a bunch of times at the funeral and then forbidden from seeing his daughter.  Although new reports now suggest that he was specifically asked not to approach his daughter, to leave her alone, unless she specifically indicated she wanted to talk with him.

It’s a tough situation.  But ultimately, even if there are sympathies for Brown, the one who needs to be protected the most at this point is Bobbi – she’s still just a child – and as an adult, Brown should be able to put his emotions aside and do whatever it takes to help his daughter through this ordeal, even if that means staying out of the picture.  Yet clearly he was thinking of himself, not anyone else.  Perhaps it was that which led to his daughter becoming high after the funeral. Maybe this was just all too much for her.  And maybe, had Brown considered her plight carefully ahead of time, he would have stuck to the rules.

It’s going to be a long road ahead for the daughter of the singer who made it big in the 1980s and was still performing at packed out concerts until her death.  Everyone close to her – family and friends – should understand this and only be there for her when she asks for it.

 

World Pays Tribute to Whitney Houston, Dead at 48


Whitney Houston, the beloved pop singer whose music resonates in the hearts of every household, passed away on Saturday night at the age of 48.

Though her more recent past was plagued with a chaotic marriage, depression and drug abuse, Houston’s love of music and elevation of the soul is recognized and appreciated all over the world. Songs like “I Will Always Love You” and “Saving All My Love for You” grace talent shows, films and performances every year.

Houston’s death was discovered on the eve of the Grammy Awards, the biggest night of the year for the music industry. Sunday’s event included many a tribute to the woman who once ruled the stage. Jennifer Hudson, often compared to Houston, sang an emotional tribute at the Awards. Numerous other celebrities expressed respect for the singer and regret of her passing, including Elton John.

Before her death, Clive Davis, Houston’s longtime mentor, said she was expected at the gala, and that she might even perform. “It’s her favorite night of the year,” he said. “Who knows…by the end of the evening.”

Two days before her death, Houston performed “Jesus Loves Me” beside Kelly Price at a pre-Grammy party, where she was said to be in a wonderful mood.

Aretha Franklin, the singer’s godmother, said she was shocked by the news.

“I just can’t talk about it now,” she said. “It’s so stunning and unbelievable. I couldn’t believe what I was reading coming across the TV screen.”