Whitney Houston’s mom is opening up near the one-year anniversary of her daughter’s death publishing a memoir that talks candidly about the singer’s severe drug problems and downward spiral that led to her death.
Cissy Houston has published Remembering Whitney, a book that details the sad tale of Houston’s life and death. In the book, Whitney Houston’s mom said she tried to reach out to her daughter, People reported.
“She started partying and she didn’t really know how to stop,” says Cissy. “I used to wonder what she was doing at night, where she was.”
At first, Cissy Houston didn’t know about Whitney’s partying, Reuters noted. When she finally did come to understand the depth of Whitney’s addiction to drugs and alcohol, Cissy tried to come up with ways to help her daughter.
Unfortunatley for Cissy, Whitney Houston didn’t seem to want the help.
“Whitney hid from me,” says Cissy. But even when Cissy had the chance, Whitney Houston never heard from her mom about those nagging health issues. Cissy said Whitney appeared skeletal at a Michael Jackson tribute concert in 2001, but Cissy was to afraid to say anything.
“What was the point?” she asks. “I didn’t want her to run completely away from me.”
Whitney Houston drowned accidentally in a Beverly Hills hotel bathtub on February 11, 2012. It was found that the 48-year-old singer had taken cocaine.
Whitney Houston’s mom said she hopes the book will help people remember the good in the singer and see “the truth about her, how he really way.”
But even if the book brings solace to others, Cissy Houston said it hasn’t assuaged the guilt she feels over her daughter’s death.
“I’m angry she died alone, in those conditions,” said Whitney Houston’s mom. “I’m still mad about that.”
Whitney Houston and her mother had a very close relationship, often attending industry events together. After Whitney’s death, Cissy wrote and published a goodbye letter.