Cissy Houston, Bobbi Kristina Discuss Life After Whitney

"I'm doing better than I ever thought I would," the 19-year-old says.

Posted: 10/24/2012 09:00 AM EDT
Cissy Houston, Bobbi Kristina

For Cissy Houston and her granddaughter Bobbi Kristina, life after Whitney Houston is not right, but it's okay. 

The relatives of the deceased pop icon, who passed away in February, are reflecting on their tumultuous year, which they documented in the Lifetime reality series The Houstons: On Our Own. "I am doing better than I ever thought I would," said Bobbi Kristina at the show's premiere party in New York City on Monday night. 

The 19-year-old, who is rumored to be engaged to her "adopted" brother Nick Gordon (she appeared to confirm the news in a promo for the reality show), claims she feels her mother's presence. "What gives me strength is my family and knowing she is watching down on us," says Bobbi. 

Meanwhile, Cissy Houston stopped by The View with Pat Houston, Whitney's sister-in-law and manager, and opened up about the difficulties she faces raising her adult granddaughter. "When you have a teenager who’s 19-years-old, who loses her mother and really don’t feel like she has to listen…you can’t make anybody do anything,” Cissy told the ladies on the popular chat show. “You try to guide her and all that kinda business and that’s exactly what we’re trying to do, trying to guide her into a life that’s going to make her better."  Cissy also said she was "not too happy" with the reality show, but she was "supporting" her children. 

Houston and her sister Marion Houston, who are jointly the executors of Whitney's will, recently filed a petition to restructure inheritance payments to Bobbi Kristina to protect her fortune. 

As for the negative reaction from some over the Houston family's decision to do the reality show, Pat Houston told us in an exclusive interview that "we're just focusing on a family that's grieving." She asks, "do we live our lives for somebody else or do we live by our own standards?" For more of our sit-down with Pat, including the family's reaction to Bobbi Kristina's supposed engagement, click here.


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