Whitney Houston had saved daughter Bobbi Kristina Brown from drowning in the bathtub just hours before the iconic singer herself was found dead in similar circumstances, a new Showtime documentary reveals.
The late singer told friends and family that ‘God told her’ to check on the 18-year-old when she found her asleep in the tub at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles in 2012.
The following morning Houston’s lifeless body would be found in face-down in a foot of water in her bathtub at the same hotel the day before the Grammy Awards, and send shockwaves across Hollywood and the wider music industry.
The striking anecdote is featured in a new documentary about Houston and Bobbi Kristina that delves into the parallels between the mother and daughter’s tragic lives and the similar struggles they faced.
Friends claim that Bobbi Kristina, whose father was singer Bobby Brown, died three years after Houston because she could ‘never live with losing her mother and she fought as long as she could’.
The tragic lives and deaths of Whitney Houston and her only child Bobbi Kristina Brown (pictured together) are documented in a new Showtime documentary airing February 6. The film reveals how the singer had saved her daughter from drowning in the tub the night before she herself was found dead in the bath
Houston’s lifeless body was face-down in a foot of water in her bathtub at the Beverly Hilton just before the Grammy Awards in 2012. She was 48
The film, which includes interviews with members of Houston’s inner circle such as sister-in-law Tina Brown, her goddaughter, and friends, revisits Bobbi Kristina’s troubling relationship with late boyfriend Nick Gordon, who some believe was responsible for her death.
It also explores claims that Whitney was sexually abused when she was 13 – allegations that her family had previously called ‘hearsay’.
The documentary, Whitney Houston & Bobbi Kristina: Didn’t We Almost Have it All, which premieres on Saturday on Showtime, offers an in-depth look into the circumstances surrounding Houston’s death and the chilling events leading up to it.
Just one day before her death on February 10, 2012, Houston found Bobbi Kristina asleep in the bath and in her own room, friend Shawn McGill revealed.
‘The next morning Whitney is like, “Krissi almost died last night, Shawn and Nick [Gordon] you need to get away from that water, that water is evil”,’ he said.
‘Whitney said that God told her to go and check on Krissy. Her mother literally was her savior,’ Houston’s goddaughter Brandi Boyd added.
The film revisits Bobbi Kristina’s troubling relationship with late boyfriend Nick Gordon, who some believe was responsible for her death (pictured together in 2014)
Friends and family revealed Gordon had supplied them with drugs however, Houston always viewed him as a ‘son’
Whitney’s sister-in-law and Bobbi Kristina’s aunt, Tina Brown said she
‘If my godmother had not walked in that bathroom the very second she did, Krissi would have died.’
Friends said Houston’s subsequent death devastated Bobbi Kristina who suffered a breakdown and burst into tears saying: ‘No, no, no,’ upon learning her mother was gone.
It also ratcheted up tensions over Gordon, who had been heavily involved in drugs, at a time Houston’s family were already suspicious of him.
Bobby’s sister Tina Brown claims in the film that Gordon used to steal Houston’s credit cards but she said it was ‘fine’.
‘Nick used to get our dope for us. Bobbi Kristina, she didn’t do anything [drugs] until she started hanging around Nick,’ Tina said.
‘And I’d go to [Houston] like, “Bobbi is abusing.” She would say “he’s my son, he’s your nephew.” I’d say he’s no nephew of mine’.
The suspicion among the Houston family grew even more pronounced when Gordon and Bobbi Kristina announced their engagement.
Her friends grew increasingly alarmed because of the ‘I need you right now’ calls she would make to them.
School friend Sarah Beckmann recalled a time she received a phone call at 2am from Bobbi Kristina ‘hysterically crying’ after a fight with Nick.
‘I said calm down, I’m picking you up right now. And then the phone cuts out,’ Beckmann said.
Houston and her family had been staying at the Beverly Hilton Hotel ahead of the 2012 Grammy Awards. She was found dead in her bathroom the day before the award show on February 11
Three years after her mother’s tragic death, Bobbi Kristina was found dead in her Atlanta townhouse (pictured)
Bobbi Kristina was found unresponsive in the bathtub (pictured) in January 2015. She spent six months in a coma before dying on July 26 at the age of 22
‘I heard from her three days later: “Me and Nick got into this fight, I had a bit to drink, I was probably being a bit dramatic.” In her mind it was probably just another day’.
Beckmann claims there were ‘telltale signs of abuse’ and Bobbi Kristina once said Nick had ‘laid his hands on her and that she felt she deserved it, it’s just a little slap’.
‘Nick was taking a lot of pills and gave her a lot of pills, my niece was strung out on drugs,’ Tina Brown said.
Other family members worried that Bobbi Kristina couldn’t cope because she had such a strong bond with her mother.
‘She could never live with losing her mother and she fought as long as she could,’ Beckmann said.
Bobbi Kristina was found unresponsive in the bath at her home in Atlanta on January 31, 2015 and died six months later at the age of 22.
The Fulton County Medical Examiner said that the cause of death was ‘immersion associated with drug intoxication’.
Marijuana, alcohol, cocaine and morphine were found in her body and the medical examiner ruled the death as ‘undetermined’ because it was unclear whether the death was due to ‘intentional or accidental causes’.
But according to Tina Brown, she knew ‘automatically that Nick had something to do with it’.
‘He was there when Whitney died….Nick’s motivation for killing my niece would be greed. It’s all about money, power and prestige. Yeah, it’s deep and it’s ugly,’ she said.
The documentary draws parallels between the mother and daughter, both of whom were gripped by drug addictions and died in similar manners
Bobbi Kristina was Whitney Houston’s only child from her marriage with Bobby Brown (pictured together in 2004)
Relatives worried Bobbi Kristina had been struggling to cope with her mother’s death and had ‘fought as long as she could’
Bobby Brown and the Houston family sued Gordon in a civil case which claimed that he gave her a ‘toxic cocktail’ that led to her death.
The lawsuit accused him of assault, battery, intentional infliction of emotional distress and transferring money from her account into his own without authorization.
A judge ordered Gordon to pay $36million in damages but the situation took yet another tragic turn last January, when he was found dead from a heroin overdose.
Jack Walker, Gordon’s younger brother, broke down in tears in the film as he defended him.
‘People made him out to be this monster and Nick literally was not that person. My brother loved Whitney and Krissi so much. He was destroyed through (their) passing,’ Jack said.
‘My brother tried to commit suicide because he was so messed up in the head. On top of losing somebody he cared about it was him being blamed and it really messed him up’.
The film is unsparing in its description of Houston’s struggles with drugs and her failed marriage to Bobby Brown.
Tina Brown cried as she recalled how Houston ‘was made to do a lot of not so good things’ when she was a young teen.
Tina Brown revealed Whitney’s infamous ‘crack is wack’ interview with Diane Sawyer in 2002 (pictured) became a running joke among the family because the singer was ‘not serious about getting clean’
The film also addresses the longstanding rumors about Houston’s alleged lesbian relationship with Robyn Crawford (pictured) her former creative director
‘She was just 13 years old, she was molested, how evil is that? For real. People don’t know what people go through, especially her,’ she said.
‘I wanted to be someone other than myself and I’m sure she did too but we had to keep it in. We harbored it. We were sick from the drug abuse and the alcohol.
‘We had to become somebody else so we stayed sedated so we ain’t get to feel what we was feeling. It was an ongoing cycle.’
Similar claims had previously been made in a documentary called Whitney, directed by Kevin MacDonald and released in 2018.
Houston’s half-brother Gary Garland-Houston said that their cousin Dee Dee Warwick, the sister of legendary singer Dionne Warwick, abused them both when they were around eight years old.
Houston’s mother Cissy and Dionne Warwick said at the time that the claims were ‘unfathomable’ and ‘rumor, innuendo and hearsay’.
It is not clear if Tina was referring to the same incident, or something else.
Tina also revealed that Houston’s interview with Diane Sawyer in 2002 when she denied doing drugs became a running joke in their house.
‘We wasn’t serious about getting clean. When she said [in the interview] “crack is wack” and I just cracked up laughing. We laughed I don’t even know how many days.
‘That was the whole thing in the house. Crack is wack! Crack is wack y’all. Bobby [Brown] was like, come on y’all. He wasn’t indulgent like we was. We was in denial. It was funny then. It’s not funny now’.
Tina Brown admits that ‘we knew we were going to die, it got that bad’.
The film also features interviews with Rudi Dolezal, director of documentary Whitney Close Up about her 1999 tour.
Dolezal addresses the longstanding rumors about Houston’s relationship with Robyn Crawford, her former creative director.
‘I think she was bisexual because she wouldn’t have faked the intensity you can see with Robyn. I’m absolutely sure she enjoyed sex with Robyn and maybe other women. I’m absolutely sure she did with Bobby Brown’.
Crawford eventually left Houston’s inner circle because ‘Whitney wanted to make this marriage with Bobby Brown work’, Dolezal said.
Shane Johnson, a former choreographer for Houston and Bobby Brown, revealed that Houston was in ‘deep pain’ during filming of The Bodyguard because of a miscarriage.
Boyd, Houston’s goddaughter, says: ‘She was forced to be happy every single day and hide what she was going through’