Whitney Houston’s former sister-in-law believes Oprah’s intimate discussion with Bobbi Kristina happened way too soon. “The whole interview was a little disturbing,” Monique Houston, who was married to Whitney’s brother Gary, told HLN’s Dr. Drew on Tuesday (March 12).
“It was a little soon to expose Bobbi Kristina to the media. I’ve lost my mother, and losing your mother is a huge trauma, and I really think she needs time to heal.”
In her interview to promote “awareness on enabling” Monique told Dr. Drew she divorced Gary (who also appeared in the Oprah special) because of recurring issues dealing with substance abuse.
“Not necessarily because he was a drug addict,” she said, “but once things were spinning too far out of control, I had to make the decision to separate myself from the situation.”
According to Monique, the Houston family “always has been a tight camp” and that she always felt like an outsider.
“Most of the people in her camp, it was very important to be close to Whitney,” she said. “I loved Whitney — I loved her her as a sister, but I didn’t want to be her right-hand man … my focus was my family and my husband.”
Monique said the family rejects conventional treatment “to a certain degree,” and that she appeared on the show to promote awareness about enabling. “It’s time to heal — it’s time to stop pointing the fingers and shifting the blame . . . I’m concerned about all the children in the family . . . there are addiction issues in the family.”
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