Upon hearing of Whitney Houston‘s death on Saturday, her ex-husband Bobby Brown was stricken with grief. “He could hardly get the words out when he called me,” a relative tells People. “He was sobbing. He’s beside himself right now.”
Of course, we’re all wondering how Bobby and Whitney’s 18-year-old daughter Bobbi Kristina is doing. Earlier this week the mother-daughter duo were seen celebrating the Grammy Award season together. “They were amazingly close,” Jawn Murray told FOX of Houston’s relationship with her daughter.
They had a relationship that really resembled the relationship that Whitney Houston had with her own mother, Cissy Houston,” said Murray, who interviewed Houston and Brown numerous times over the years. “Whitney loved her daughter. Bobbi Kristina was her only child and her pride and joy. Because of that, she treasured her.”
Despite divorcing in 2007, Whitney and Bobby remained friendly and dedicated to co-parenting their daughter. “They had Bobbi Kristina in common, and were determined to be co-parents to her,” a relative said. “They didn’t hate each other. In fact, there was a lot of respect.”
Let me tell you, after Bobby and Whitney’s divorce, they had a functioning, healthy, blended family,” Murray said. “Less than a week ago, Bobby, his girlfriend Alicia, their new child, Whitney and Bobbi Kristina were all photographed having a family dinner. (Brown and Houston) still liked each other as people, and got along very well for the sake of Bobbi Kristina.”
Now that Bobbi Kristina has lost her mother, fans and friends are worried about how the aspiring dancer, actress and musician will cope. While Bobby and Whitney publicly struggled with substance abuse over the years, there’s been speculation that Bobbi Kristina is heading down that same path. My daughter, she doesn’t, she doesn’t do that,” Bobby recently said in defense of his daughter.
Whitney had a very public struggle with drug addiction, and a drug addiction not only affects your family relationships–it affects everything,”psychotherapist Dr. Jenn Berman, who has not treated Houston, told FOX. “Now, it’s especially important for Bobbi Kristina to surround herself with people who love her, support her and who she trusts. And it’s especially important at a time like this not to turn to drugs or alcohol.”
After a highly-publicized tumultuous relationship that included a charge of domestic abuse against Brown in 1993, the musical couple divorced in 2007.