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Whitney Houston’s Mom Cissy Breaks Her Silence in New Interview

Cissy and Whitney Houston
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Cissy Houston has been relatively quiet since the passing of her beloved daughter Whitney Houston on Feb. 11. But the veteran gospel singer is finally speaking out about her grief in an exclusive interview with New Jersey’s MY9’s 10 O’Clock News.

In the interview, which was taped at New Hope Baptist Church in Newark, N.J., where Whitney’s funeral was held, Cissy reveals that she is still struggling with her daughter’s death. “She accomplished a whole lot in the short time that she had here,” she said. “She was a wonderful person.”

According to medical examiners, Houston died of an accidental drowning heighten by cocaine abuse. Despite the coroner’s findings, Cissy doesn’t blame anyone for her Whitney’s death. “There’s nothin’ I can do about it … ain’t nothin’ nobody can do about it,” she says. “If I thought I could do something to bring her back that’s exactly what I’d do about … but I know that’s impossible.”

However, the 78-year-old matriarch has disdain for the media over their reporting of Whitney’s death and denies that her daughter died in debt. “They think they know everything,” she said. “These people don’t know anything about her. The media doesn’t know what they are talking about. Whitney did not die broke. She’s not broke. She’s not anything … None of that crap.”

Cissy admits it’s been a struggle to move on but she takes solace in the fact her faith will comfort her through her grief. “I have my moments … I’m not there yet,” she said. “I am a true believer in God. If I could bring her back I would, but that’s not possible.”

The full interview airs next Monday on My9’s 10 O’Clock News.

Watch Teaser for Cissy Houston’s First Interview on My9 News

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