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In her first interview since the death of Whitney Houston on Feb. 11, her daughter Bobbi Kristina opened up to Oprah Winfrey about life after Whitney. On Sunday night's episode of the OWN Network's Oprah's Next Chapter, Bobbi Kristina, 19, said that she still feels strongly that her mother is with her.
"I can hear her voice in spirit talking to me, telling me, 'Keep moving baby, I'm right here, I got you,'" Bobbi Kristina, Whitney's only child, told Oprah. "She's always with me. I can always feel her with me."
When asked by Oprah if she'd ever had "a visitation" from her late mother, Bobbi Kristina didn't hesitate for a moment.
"Yeah, oh yeah, especially throughout the house -- lights turn on and off and I'm like, 'Mom, what are you doing?'" said Bobbi Kristina, who still lives in the home she and Whitney shared." I can still sit there and I can still laugh with her, I can still talk to her."
In terms of carrying on Whitney's legacy, Bobbi Kristina, who is the sole beneficiary of Houston's estate, believes that the best thing she can do is become an entertainer herself.
"I'm gonna do the singing thing, I'm gonna do some dancing, some acting," she told Oprah. "It's a lot of pressure, but she prepared me for it."
In separate interviews, Oprah spoke to Whitney's sister-in-law and manager Pat Houston, and Whitney's brother Gary Houston. At Winfrey's request, Pat tearfully recalled the day of Whitney's death, revealing details that hadn't been released to the public. She says that Whitney was preparing for both a pre-Grammys party and an infomercial shoot, when her assistant walked in and found her unconscious in the bath. Pat, who had running a 30-minute errand, returned to their hotel to find Whitney's hairdresser on her knees and screaming outsider her room, while Pat's brother Ray (one of Whitney's security guards) was trying frantically (and unsuccessfully) to revive her with CPR on the hotel floor. Pat told another hotel guest to call 911, and by the time the paramedics arrived, Whitney had already passed.
Though Pat denied that Whitney was using drugs at the time of her death, she admitted that she'd been worried about her drug use since the late '90s. ("The handwriting was kind of on the wall," she told Oprah.) Pat even revealed that she and Bobby Brown's family had staged an intervention with the couple when they were still married. As for rumors that Bobby got Whitney into drugs? Not true, said Pat -- but both Whitney and Bobby were similarly in over their heads.
"You're talking about two people who started out in the business very young. How can you be equipped to handle the world?" Pat sighed.
In Whitney's later years, Pat said she was less concerned about drugs and more concerned about her "lifestyle" choices -- like chasing a younger man with very different interests (presumably Ray J).
"I saw her chasing a dream, looking for love in all the wrong places.... I just felt that she was chasing something that would ultimately hurt her," said Pat with a trace of bitterness.
But now that Whitney is gone, her family doesn't want to focus on the past; they want to keep her memory alive. And for Bobbi Kristina, Whitney is still very much present.
"It comes in waves. One minute I can be laughing and happy, and then... I'll start crying and then I'll hear her again: 'Keep moving, keep going,'" says Whitney's daughter. "Her spirit is strong. I feel her pass through me all the time."