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Whitney Houston's Mom Cissy Would Not Have Accepted Her as a Lesbian, She Tells Oprah: VIDEO


Oprah interviews singer Cissy Houston, Whitney's mom, in the latest episode of Oprah's Next Chapter. Houston tells an incredulous Oprah that had Whitney come out to her as a lesbian she would not have liked it, or condoned it.


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  1. Well there you go then.

    Posted by: Gigi | Jan 29, 2013 11:41:37 AM

  2. "Whitney Houston's Mom Cissy Would Not Have Accepted Her as a Lesbian" Hence, the drug abuse.

    Posted by: MARCUS BACHMANN | Jan 29, 2013 11:44:40 AM

  3. No she won't accept her as a lesbian, but she DOES accept her as a dead crack addict.

    Posted by: David Ehrenstein | Jan 29, 2013 11:45:17 AM

  4. Nice job, Mom.

    Posted by: Kip | Jan 29, 2013 11:45:19 AM

  5. Hey, look! A bigoted old lady who was the mother of someone famous.

    Posted by: candideinnc | Jan 29, 2013 11:47:29 AM

  6. LOL big surprise!

    Posted by: Johnny | Jan 29, 2013 11:48:27 AM

  7. And look what happened to her. Poor mommy.

    Posted by: MB | Jan 29, 2013 11:52:01 AM

  8. I guess Whitney being a crack addict who ruined her voice and died young is preferable then? Because it's not hard to connect the two things.

    Posted by: Caliban | Jan 29, 2013 11:52:26 AM

  9. I'm not so sure it's that simple. We're not talking about some regular person whose parents throw them out and they turn to a life of drugs, etc. This woman had resources beyond resources. And it's not like she would have been the first closeted lesbian singer (hello Phyllis Hyman) who may have gone into a sham marriage. It's more complicated than that. She clearly loved Bobby Brown for whatever Oprah's final interview with Houston. Whitney was far more complicated than that....

    Posted by: Marty | Jan 29, 2013 11:52:51 AM

  10. but the big question here is would Cissy leave Whitney`s money alone had Whitney come out as a lesbian.

    Posted by: RICK | Jan 29, 2013 11:53:16 AM

  11. I'm sure she would have had no problem accepting Whitney's money, of course.

    Between being raised by a mother like that and marrying Bobby Brown, it's a wonder that Whitney lasted as long as she did.

    Posted by: FuryOfFirestorm | Jan 29, 2013 11:55:49 AM

  12. Based on this clip, it sounds like this Robin lady was the only one who cared enough about Whitney to try to tackle her drug problem early on. It's a pity that Mrs. Houston couldn't even hear that in what she herself was saying.

    Posted by: Thomasina | Jan 29, 2013 11:59:17 AM

  13. Cissy Houston has her own convictions, but it certainly seems that she does go by the philosophy of "live and let live". She disapproved of the drugs, of Robin, of Bobby Brown, of a lot of things -- but let her daughter choose her own path. You can see that she is actually very sad about Whitney's death and tragic life.

    Posted by: Andrew F | Jan 29, 2013 11:59:57 AM

  14. Looks like the fight for civil rights was lost on Cissy Houston. Maybe "go back to where you came from" is in order?

    Posted by: Michael Heynz | Jan 29, 2013 12:05:28 PM

  15. When someone is raised in a homophobic religion, STEEPED in it, and in a family who doesn't accept them, no matter their material gains they may never overcome those scars.

    Posted by: Caliban | Jan 29, 2013 12:10:21 PM

  16. oh, honeybun. being a lesbian would have giver her a happier ending than being married to bobby brown. yeeesh.

    sad as this is, i'm very glad this interview is now out there for all to see. this is what happens when antiquated and indefensible opinions get in the way of an adult doing their proper job as a parent.

    Posted by: LittleKiwi | Jan 29, 2013 12:10:28 PM

  17. There goes her mother of the year nomination...

    Posted by: Matthew | Jan 29, 2013 12:10:35 PM

  18. Congrats on publicly embarrassing yourself, Cissy Houston.

    Posted by: Francis | Jan 29, 2013 12:17:25 PM

  19. "You can see that she is actually very sad about Whitney's death and tragic life."

    I couldn't see that. She seemed bored by Oprah's questions. I guess that's why Oprah has that grand skyline vista behind them, to compensate for a dull guest.

    Posted by: Dastius Krazitauc | Jan 29, 2013 12:22:15 PM

  20. Yep - best to be a Dead Crack Cock munching hetero married to Bobbie Brown - then a Happy well adjusted healthy lesbian huh? Is that what this lady is sayin...?

    Posted by: disgusted american | Jan 29, 2013 12:23:37 PM

  21. Wow. No wonder Whitney turned out the way she did. This is just sad all the way around.

    Posted by: Howard | Jan 29, 2013 12:24:20 PM

  22. And IIIIII eee IIIII will always love you...UNLESS you're gay!

    Posted by: Jase | Jan 29, 2013 12:25:39 PM

  23. i wonder what she would have said, had her daughter told her she was a black woman?

    Posted by: vwdavy | Jan 29, 2013 12:31:58 PM

  24. No short supply of bad mothers, are there?

    Posted by: princely54 | Jan 29, 2013 12:41:09 PM

  25. What everyone said.

    Posted by: jamal49 | Jan 29, 2013 12:42:03 PM

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