bobbi kristina & oprah winfrey*We have to admit that after watching Oprah’s OWN  interview with Bobbi Kristina Sunday night, we’re feeling a lot better about her chances to be able to move forward and make her own mark in the world.

Here are some highlights:

Bobbie Kristina admits she could not bear to stay in the house she grew up in the first night she returned to Atlanta after her mother, Whitney Houston, died, but then she felt her (mother) calling her home.

“She’s always with me… I can always feel her with me. She always asked me… ‘Do you need me?’ And I caught myself one day, out of nowhere, I didn’t even know I said it, but… I said, ‘I always need you’.”

She continued:

“Her spirit is strong… I feel her pass through me all the time… Lights turn on and off and I’m like, ‘Mom, what are you doing?’ I can still sit there and I can still laugh with her… I can still talk to her.

“I still have all her clothes, everything that she has ever given me.”

Bobbi Kristina, who seems much more mature than her age of 19, also said that her mother’s presence provides her with an early morning wake-up:

“She always said, ‘At five o’clock in the morning the saints wake up and they start praying’… I’ve woken up at five… and I look at the clock… and I just start praying… and I get humble.”

Additionally, she spoke on how she viewed her mother. To her she was just “Mom”

“The first time I saw her as a worldwide icon was when we went on tour. And the funeral,” she said, was when it really hit her. “She made an impact on the world.”

She referred to her mother as “an angel.”:

“I saw her hurt. I saw her cry,” she said. People “don’t know who she was. Everything people are saying about her, all that negativity, it’s garbage. That’s not my mother.”

The 90-minute television special on OWN also covered Whitney’s ex-husband, Bobby Brown, who had a tumultuous marriage with the singer. While some have accused Brown of introducing Houston to drugs, leading to the singer’s downfall, sister-in-law Pat Houston said that was untrue, and both Pat and husband Gary Houston, had warm words for Brown.

“I loved Bobby Brown. Bobby was a good guy,” said Gary Houston, Whitney’s older brother. “I don’t know how good they were for each other.”

They also denied that the Houston family had asked Brown to leave her funeral service or didn’t want him to come; Brown showed up briefly but left after a dispute over seating.

“Bobby was supposed to be there,” said Gary Houston.

Pat Houston said Bobby Brown and his daughter have a relationship, but indicated they hadn’t spoken since at least Houston’s funeral.

Bobbi Kristina said she’s going to carry on her mother’s legacy, even performing.

“We’re gonna do the singing thing. Some acting, some dancing,” she said. “It’s a lot of pressure, but she prepared me for it.”

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