Whitney Houston's mother, Cissy, revealed to Oprah Winfrey that had her daughter been gay, she would "absolutely" have had a problem with it.
Cissy sat down with Winfrey for an intimate interview about her late daughter on "Oprah's Next Chapter." In the interview, which aired on Monday, the 79-year-old discussed poignant excerpts from her new book, "Remembering Whitney."
In one chapter, Cissy broaches the gay rumors that had surrounded Whitney since 1985.
For years, Whitney had been romantically linked to Robyn Crawford, her childhood friend from New Jersey who later became her assistant and creative director. Although the two women both insisted the gossip was false, talk persisted.
In her book, Cissy writes:
I knew I didn't want Robyn around my daughter, and I told [Whitney] that. There wasn't much I could do though. [Whitney] liked Robyn. She was past the age when I could forbid her from seeing someone. Kids have a mind of their own when they get older. They want to experiment with all kinds of things. And I don't know if it was more than that.
After reading the excerpt, Winfrey asks Cissy, "Would it have bothered you if your daughter, Whitney, was gay?"
"Absolutely," Cissy said.
"You would not have liked that?"
"Not at all," she responds.
"You wouldn't have condoned it?"
Although Cissy wasn't happy with the prospect that Whitney could have been gay, she wasn't happy when Bobby Brown came into the picture, either. She claims she told her daughter that the New Edition singer was not good for her, but she never listened.
Brown, who married Whitney in 1992, has hinted that the singer only married him to clean up her image. He made the claim in the biography "Bobby Brown: The Truth, the Whole Truth and Nothing But...", which was written by author Derrick Handspike.
"I think we got married for all the wrong reasons," Brown told Handspike. "Now, I realize Whitney had a different agenda than I did when we got married ... I believe her agenda was to clean up her image, while mine was to be loved and have children."
Handspike notes that at the time of their marriage, Whitney was targeted with rumors that she was bisexual and involved in a relationship with Crawford. He says that the only way for the "How Will I Know" singer to kill the speculation was to get married and have kids.
After the superstar's death in February 2012, Crawford penned an obituary for Whitney in Esquire magazine.
"I have never spoken about her until now," she writes. "And she knew I wouldn't. She was a loyal friend, and she knew I was never going to be disloyal to her. I was never going to betray her. Now I can't believe that I'm never going to hug her or hear her laughter again."