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It has been almost a year since Whitney Houston’s death and her mother, Cissy Houston, is speaking about her daughter’s death and wonders what she could have done to save her child in her memoir, Remembering Whitney.
“Could I have saved her somehow?” Cissy wonders in the book, reports People. Later, Cissy, who co-wrote the book with Lisa Dickey, notes that Whitney “started partying and she didn't really know how to stop...I used to wonder what she was doing at night, where she was.”
She says that Whitney “hid from me” and that when she did meet her daughter, she was often shocked by her appearance, but didn’t confront her. She cites her skeletal appearance at a 2001 Michael Jackson show.
“What was the point? I didn't want her to run completely away from me.”
“I blame him for the way he treated her, but I don't blame him for her drug problems,” she wrote. “He was no help to her at all.”
Robyn Crawford’s relationship with Whitney is also a topic. Whitney’s former assistant later became her creative director.
“I just didn’t want her with my daughter,” Cissy says. “I know nothing about a romantic relationship. That's what everybody said but they didn't know either.”
Still, Crawford was the first to tell Cissy that she had a drug problem.
“I'm angry she died alone, in those conditions,” Cissy notes. "I'm still mad about that.”
Cissy told People that she hopes that the book shows “what a good person she was. I want people to know the truth about her, how she really was.”
Remembering Whitney hits store shelves on Jan. 29.