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Whitney Houston and Daughter 'Have a Good Relationship'

12/18/2009 at 02:00 PM ET
Courtesy InStyle for use on CBB

In the January issue of InStyle, Whitney Houston opens up about life with Bobbi ‘Krissy’ Kristina, her 16-year-old daughter with ex-husband Bobby Brown. “We have our moments where we clash,” the 46-year-old songstress admits, “but we have a good relationship.”

Keeping the lines of communication open is a priority for Whitney, even if she doesn’t always like what is being communicated! “I think it’s a very important thing to allow our children to express themselves,” she explains. “If [Krissy's] angry, I allow her to say, ‘Damn! I’m so frustrated today!’” Whitney adds,

“I want her to count on me to try to understand what she’s going through. No damnation, no condemnation, nothing that’s going to make her feel like she can’t come to me.”

Krissy gets her straightforward nature from dad, according to Whitney. “It’s funny because her body is mine, her skin color is mine, but she says exactly what’s on her mind, so she’s like her father in that manner,” she says. “These kids, man, they come out and just let you know right off.”

But looks aren’t the only thing mother and daughter have in common. “She’s always, always, always borrowing my clothes,” Whitney says. “I’m cool with it, but she’ll take something and won’t give it back! I’ll be looking for it, going, ‘I know I put it here. I know I did. It must be in Krissy’s room.’”

Makeup is also high on Krissy’s lists of loves, just as it is for Whitney, who reveals,

“I had a trade-off with my daughter, where we went through all my makeup. I had a case that stood, like, this tall. (She holds her hand four feet off the ground.) I said, ‘All right, take what you want.’ But she’s like any other 16-year-old girl — she likes her … what do you call those boots that kids wear? Uggs! She’s growing up on me so quick. She wears dresses; She’s out of jeans now.”

With a new album — I Look to You — in stores, Whitney says that she and Krissy have sang together “on several occasions,” but the twosome have never sang alongside Whitney’s mom Cissy Houston.  “Actually, what the three of us did together recently was take a family portrait,” Whitney shares. “My mom came down to Atlanta for the three-generation pictures. She was very happy.”

Source: InStyle, January issue

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fay on

i’m not sure what child she’s looking at, but bobbi kristina doesn’t look ANYTHING like her… that baby was named for her father, and she stole his face… lol

Tiger Lily on

Whenever I see pics of Bobbi Kristina or Frances Bean Cobain I always wonder if they even know what a stable household is supposed to be like. Hopefully they have extended family members and nannies or someone out there who give them the support they need.

Theresa on

No, I don’t think she looks like Whitney either, but her coloring is very similar to her mothers and that is what Whitney said.

TD on

I watched the Oprah interview with Whitney and kept it dvrd for my mom to see later. She said the exact same thing (and shaking her head on top of it when Whitney said “she has my skin, etc etc”) My mother and I think she’s thinking this way possibly to make herself feel better after her ordeal. The girl HAD to be named after her father (most likely named after she ws born, no sense naming her BK for any other reason). ****Dig around for old interviews soon after BK ws born, Whitney probably saying back then about BK shares looks with her father.**** I really hope Whitney’s comments about their “similar looks” doesn’t irrevocably affect Kristina’s self-esteem. Being straightfwd is a good thing, and Kristina is a beautiful girl. It doesn’t mean that she is like her dad in the bad way that messed up the marriage. I don’t know if, after all of this, she is saying they have the same skin and face so Whitney feels better about how things are *shrug* Whitney should look @ her Krissy and remember the good tt came out of that marriage esp the role she loves so much—being a mom.

Hea on

Tiger Lily – I’ve been wondering the same thing. I sense a few autobiographies released within 10 years…

I’m glad Bobby Kristina wants a relationship with Whitney and I’m so glad that she feels like she can say what’s on her mind. I hope that they can fix some of the things that has been ruined through the years and that “Krissys” future is bright and full of love and support.

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