Cissy Houston Tells Oprah Her Interview with Her Family was ‘Too Soon’

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Cissy Houston Tells Oprah Her Interview with Her Family was ‘Too Soon’
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It may have been the highest-rated "Oprah's Next Chapter" episode ever (even besting the Queen of Talk's highly publicized interview with Lance Armstrong), but one person who wasn't a fan of Oprah Winfrey's interview last year with Whitney Houston's family was the late singer's mom, Cissy Houston.

The Grammy-winning gospel singer said she's been "a wreck" since her daughter's sudden death last February, and told Oprah flat out that she didn't appreciate her interview with Whitney's brother, Gary, and daughter, Bobbi Kristina, that aired shortly after her daughter's passing. "I think it was too soon," she said.

Cissy also said she was "very proud" of Whitney, and slammed naysayers who claim she was jealous of her daughter's illustrious career. "Was I jealous of my daughter? That's an idiot whoever said that," Cissy scoffed. "Why would I be jealous of her? I made her what she was."

On rumors that Whitney was involved in a gay relationship with her longtime friend and assistant Robyn Crawford, Cissy said she never really liked her daughter's BFF, calling Crawford "disrespectful at times… like she had something over on [Whitney]."

"Would it have bothered you if your daughter Whitney was gay?" Oprah asked her.

"Absolutely," Cissy replied, saying she would not have condoned it at all. Of course, her daughter's future husband, Bobby Brown, didn't fare much better in Cissy's eyes.

The 79-year-old singer also detailed her somewhat strained relationship with her granddaughter ("iffy" is how she described it), telling Oprah she only occasionally speaks to her and saying that Bobbi Kristina didn't completely approve of the book she was writing about Whitney. (Cissy Houston's book, "Remembering Whitney," is available in book stores today.)

Cissy reminisced that Whitney lit up when she became a mother, saying, "She really loved being a mother," but she grew silent when Oprah asked if Bobby Brown was a good father to Kristina. She revealed she doesn't dislike Brown, just that she didn't particularly like the way that he treated her daughter. "People can only treat you the way you let them," she said.

Whitney's brother, Michael, joined his mother for the second part of the interview. In a shocking revelation, Michael Houston revealed it was he who introduced his sister to drugs back in the 1980s, and not Bobby Brown as most people assumed.

"I'm living but I'm not alive," Michael said of the year following his sister's death.

"Oprah's Next Chapter" airs on Sundays at 9/8c on OWN.

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