The grieving mother says she did the best she could to help her superstar daughter.
Cissy Houston is finally ready to open up about her daughter Whitney Houston's untimely death in February.
Silent for nearly two months, the grieving mother talked about her loss with New Jersey's My9 News. "I miss her," she tells My9's Brenda Blackmon. "She was very special to me."
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In the special interview, conducted at New Hope Baptist Church where Whitney's funeral was held, Houston says her days of grieving are far from over. "I have my moments," she says. "I'm not there yet. I don't think I'm any more courageous than anyone else."
Recent details of Whitney's death have been as troubling as her battles with drug addiction through the years. But Houston says her daughter's demise never made her doubt her own parenting skills. "I know I did the best I could for everything," she says. "I don't blame myself."
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Besides, Whitney's accomplishments on the stage and screen were enough to make any mother proud, twice over. "I'm very proud of my daughter," adds Houston. "She accomplished a whole lot in the short time that she had here. she was a very wonderful person."
Watch Brenda Blackmon's full interview with Cissy Houston on Monday at 9 p.m. on My9's 10 O'Clock News.