(ATLANTA) — Whitney Houston’s family laughed, cried and remembered the iconic singer during Oprah Winfrey’s OWN special Sunday night.
“I’m doing as good as I possibly can,” Houston’s only daughter, Bobbi Kristina, told Winfrey. “Just trying to keep going.”
Winfrey descended on the Atlanta home of Houston’s sister-in-law and manager, Patricia Houston, to talk with her and Bobbi Kristina.
Poised beyond her 19 years, Bobbi Kristina talked about how her mother continues to have a presence in her life.
“I can hear her voice and her spirit talking to me telling me, ‘Keep moving, baby.’ I can always feel her with me,” she said. “She humbles me. I remember what she told me, I remember what she taught me…She was a sister, a comforter. The spirit that she had — no matter where she was … she touched everyone.”
Winfrey asked Bobbi Kristina if she’s had a visitation from her mother.
“Oh yes, lights turn on. Her spirit is strong,” Bobbi Kristina said.
Though she’s mourning, Bobbi Kristina said she’s “accepted” that her mother is gone, saying, “I’ve got to keep moving. I’ve got to carry on her legacy.”
Bobbi Kristina revealed fairly extensive plans to follow in her parent’s footsteps.
“We are going to do the singing thing, the acting thing, the dancing thing. It’s a lot of pressure, but she prepared me for it,” she said.
Along with Bobbi Kristina, Winfrey interviewed Houston’s sister-in-law and manager Patricia. It was the family’s first sit-down interview since Houston’s sudden death on Feb. 11.
Patricia Houston gave the first account about what went on in the singer’s room at the Beverly Hilton Hotel the day she died.
After running around completing errands on Feb. 11, Patricia returned to the hotel and visited a room where Whitney was set to film an infomercial. A few minutes later she went to Whitney’s room.
“I heard screaming,” Patricia told Winfrey and recounted that she saw Whitney’s hair stylist “fall to her knees, saying, ‘Oh my God, oh my God.'” When Patricia saw a woman open her door to see what was going on she immediately told her to call 911.
A tearful Patricia then told Winfrey that as she entered Whitney’s room she saw her brother Ray, the singer’s security guard, trying to revive Whitney “to the point of exhaustion. I told him let it go, I’m sorry.”
She added that when she finally saw Whitney “she had a peacefulness on her face.”
Patricia described her sense of shock and inability to leave Whitney’s side even after the paramedics asked her to.
“She’s always telling me, ‘I got you,'” she told Winfrey. “I still have to stand, even with her being gone, I still have to stand for her.”
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