Whitney Houston’s mother, Cissy Houston, maintained a dignified air of silence in the days following her daughter’s death, despite the media attention about a possible drug connection to her only child’s death. That all changed today when The NY Daily News reported that My9’s The 10 O’Clock News conducted an interview with Cissy Houston slated to air on Monday.
“The media doesn’t know what they are talking about,” Houston was quoted as saying during the interview about her famous daughter’s death and life.
At greatest issue for the mother of the deceased appears to be the fact that Whitney Houston’s substance abuse issues were somehow tied to how she raised her daughter, which she emphasized she did “the best she could.”
Like another famous gospel singer’s mother (the mother of Helen Baylor), Cissy Houston sang in a church choir and in bars as she earned her living, taking her young daughter with her to both. This early influence into both the Christian lifestyle and that of the other side of the coin may have played a role in Whitney’s eventual alcohol and drug abuse problems, some say.
It did for Helen Baylor according to her testimony album, which can be heard in its entirety on YouTube.
Cissy Houston, however, feels that regardless of whether it did or not, she says “I know I did the best I could.” And she chooses not to “blame myself.”
Blaming the media is another story, and it is one that Cissy Houston is speaking out about in her grief.
“They think they know everything. These people don’t know anything about her.”
Cissy Houston is a mother in grief. Her comments, whether belated or at the time of the news of her daughter’s death, should be weighed in light of the terrible tragedy that has befallen her and her family at this time. In time she may come to feel very differently, or still feel the same way. But for now, she is a mother in mourning.
No mother is perfect, of course, so even if Cissy Houston did introduce her daugther into the club scene during the early years of her daughter’s life, she more than paid for it during her child’s adult years, including her own effort to get her daughter to treatment, as reported by Whitney on an Oprah show.
“You either do it my way or we’re just not going to do it at all,” Cissy Houston told her daughter, according to Whitney.
That sounds like a regretful mother. And Cissy Houston’s comments now sound like one still in mourning and longing for a little bit of piece from it, especially from the media.