CNN: Whitney Houston candid on 'Oprah'
September 10, 2009 -- Updated 2115 GMT (0515 HKT)
By Lisa Respers France
(CNN) -- In an emotional
interview, Whitney Houston opened up to talk-show host Oprah Winfrey about a
pivotal role her mother played in getting the singer back on track.
sit-down interview, set to air when "The Oprah Winfrey Show" returns for its
24th season Monday, offers a rare glimpse into the life of Houston who is in
the midst of a much anticipated return to the spotlight.
In the interview appearing over two days, Houston shared with Winfrey how
her mother, singer Cissy Houston, arrived at her daughter's house one day
with sheriff's officers and a court order in hand to issue an ultimatum.
"Now looking at it, I see the love and passion that my mother had for me and
she has for me," Houston told Winfrey. "She says, 'I have a court
[injunction] here. Either you do it my way, or we're just not going to do
this at all. We are both going to go on TV, and you're going to retire.'"
Her mother would broach no interference from Houston's now ex-husband,
singer Bobby Brown, the star said, and went so far as to warn him, " 'If you
move, Bobby, they're gonna take you down. Don't you make one move.' "
Houston said her mother implored her to come with her, saying, "' It's not
worth it.' "
" 'I'm not losing you to the world,' " Houston said her mother told her. "
'I'm not losing you to Satan. I'm not doing this. I want my daughter. I want
you back. I want to see that glow in your eyes. That light in your eye.' "
Cissy Houston, a Grammy-winning soul and gospel artist, is a former member
of the Sweet Inspirations, a group that scored a few hits and sang backup
for musical legends such as Aretha Franklin.
Whitney Houston's new album, "I Look to You," is her first in seven years
and comes after the ending of a troubled marriage and reports of erratic
behavior and allegations of drug abuse.
Houston and Brown, who has had multiple brushes with the law, appeared
together with their daughter, Bobbi Christina, four years ago on the reality
show "Being Bobby Brown."
10 SEPTEMBER 2009