Whitney Houston's Family Influences: Mom Taught Her Singing, Brother Introduced Her to Drugs
Whitney Houston was found dead in a bathtub on February 11th 2012. Her death, which has since been deigned to have been an accident, came as a complete shock to the family and has been put down to her excessive drug use. Now, almost a year on, her brother, Michael, and mother, Cissy, have spoken to Oprah about their beloved and missed sister and daughter, reports the Daily Mail.
In the interview, they affectionately referred to Whitney as 'Nippy', which was a nickname she was given in the family. Tragically, her brother admitted to being the person to introduce Whitney to drugs. "I feel responsible I let it go so far," he told Oprah, pushing back tears. "We were always being together most of the time and her following behind me. I taught her to drive, we played together, everything you do as you're growing up. If you do drugs, you do that together too... and it just got out of hand."
In a less heart-wrenching story, Whitney's mother, Cissy, spoke about how her own talents were passed down to Whitney. "I made her what she was," she boasted. "She had been watching me in sessions and on stage for years, picking up[techniques]... My son Michael used to joke with me about Nippy's technique-" Ma," he'd say, "Nippy should be in jail for stealing all your riffs and everything. You should sue her."'