In her new book, "Remembering Whitney," Cissy Houston opens up about her feelings towards Whitney Houston's ex-husband Bobby Brown and wonders what Whitney's life would have been like had they not stayed together.
"I do believe her life would have turned out differently," Houston writes, according to The Associated Press. "It would have been easier for her to get sober and stay sober. Instead she was with someone who, like her, wanted to party. To me, he never seemed to be a help to her in the way she needed."
Whitney Houston died at age 48 at a hotel in Beverly Hills, California on February 11, 2012. She was found in a bathtub and her death was ruled an accidental drowning, spurred by cocaine use and a pre-existing heart condition.
In an April 2012 interview with the "Today" show, Brown denied he was responsible for the singer's death or that he was the reason she got into drugs.
"I didn't get high [on narcotics] before I met Whitney. I smoked weed, I drank the beer, but no, I wasn't the one that got Whitney on drugs at all." Brown said. "It's just ... it's just unexplainable how one could, you know, [say that I] got her addicted to drugs. I'm not the reason she's gone."
Brown and Whitney Houston divorced in 2007, after 15 years of marriage. Brown has a daughter from his marriage to Houston named Bobbi Kristina Brown. He married his fiancee Alicia Etheredge in Hawaii in June 2012.
Cissy Houston, 79, told the Associated Press that she has not had contact with Brown and did not see a reason to contact him. She said she published the book so that people would not only know the worst parts about her daughter.
When she learned that her daughter was leaving Brown, Cissy Houston was "extremely relieved" and "thanking God so much I'm sure nobody else could get a prayer in to Him."
Cissy Houston, who is an established gospel and soul singer, is candid in the book, which hits shelves on Tuesday, January 29, and acknowledges her daughter could be "mean" and "difficult" at times but, "almost always," Whitney Houston was "the sweetest, most loving person in the room."
She is also candid about how she is still coping with the loss of her daughter. She writes that sometimes she will hear a doorbell ring and think it's Whitney. Other nights she wakes up crying.
"But then I get up out of bed, wipe my eyes, wash my face, and lie back down to my sleep. Because that is all I can do," Cissy Houston writes, according to the wire service. "I am so grateful to God for giving me the gift of 48 years with my daughter. And I accept that He knew when it was time to take her."