Whitney Houston’s mother Cissy and brother Michael sat down with Oprah Winfrey for a special Oprah’s Next Chapter as the first anniversary of the Whitney’s death draws near. The interview, which focused primarily on Cissy Houston, was at least in part promotion for Houston’s upcoming book, Remembering Whitney: My Story of Love, Loss, and the Night the Music Stopped. Among the many revelations in the chat, which aired in full last night on OWN, was Houston’s brother’s admission that it was he, not Bobby Brown, who originally introduced Whitney to drugs in the early 1980s, far before she ever met Brown.
Talking about the “demons” he struggled with since Whitney’s death last year, Michael discussed how close he always was with his younger sister. “I’m living, but I’m not alive without her,” he explained. “I feel responsible for her, I always have. I just felt like I should have taken better care of her,” and “Everything we did together growing up, when I started [using] drugs we did that together too. It just got out of hand.”