Sunday, February 26, 2012

Whitney Houston’s daughter Bobbi Kristina Brown now under care of grandmother

 	BEVERLY HILLS, CA - FEBRUARY 12: Singer Whitney Houston (L) and Bobbi Kristina Brown arrives at the 2011 Pre-GRAMMY Gala and Salute To Industry Icons Honoring David Geffen at Beverly Hilton on February 12, 2011 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)

Whitney Houston's troubled daughter is now under the watchful eye of her grandmother Cissy, who is determined not to lose the 18-year-old the way she lost the drug-addled diva.

Bobbi Kristina Brown spent a good part of Monday with the 78-year-old gospel great, a source said.

“In the aftermath of Whitney’s death, she’s running the show,” a second source explained.hit

Cissy Houston “couldn’t do nothing with Whitney and the hangers-on, moochers and enablers that sucked the life out of her,” the second source continued. But “she has the reins of this now.”

Her attitude is, “I’ll be damned if I’m burying my grandbaby.”

Cissy Houston has her work cut out for her.

Bobbi Kristina was found doing drugs after her mom’s glorious sendoff Saturday, The Daily Beast reported — an account Whitney Houston’s camp denied.

An aspiring singer like her mom, Bobbi Kristina is the daughter Whitney Houston had with R&B has-been Bobby Brown. She has been tied to drug use before.

 With both parents battling their own demons, she never got the tough love a child needs sometimes, the second source added.

“Whitney felt bad that she wasn’t present as a mother” in Bobbi Kristina’s life, the source said, “so she treated her like a friend. That was her way to be close to her.”

Jill Fritzo, a spokeswoman for Whitney Houston, would say only, “Bobbi Kristina is with her family and friends who are helping her get through this tough time.”

There were new reports that family members, including Brown, want Bobbi Kristina in rehab. Fritzo said she had not entered a treatment program.

One thing is certain: Bobbi Kristina will likely never hurt for money. Whitney Houston reportedly made $1 million from the upcoming movie “Sparkle,” and her albums have done big business on iTunes and Amazon since her death.

And her Hollywood blockbuster “The Bodyguard” is being released on Blu-ray disc at the end of next month, a release that was already slated before the singer’s death and one that got a stunning boost after the diva’s demise.

The remastered movie starring Kevin Costner will be out March 27 but is selling wildly in preorders. It is third on Amazon.com’s best-seller list, ahead of “The Twilight Saga” and “Downton Abbey.” Only “Mission: Impossible — Ghost Protocol” and “Tora! Tora! Tora!” are more popular.

The family is also now licensing footage from Houston’s funeral to various media outlets. Bobbi Kristina is believed to be her mom’s primary heir. Meanwhile, in Beverly Hills, some of Whitney Houston’s dazzling jewels and beautiful gowns will be up for auction next month.

A trove of mementos, including one of Houston’s black velvet dresses and the earrings she wore in “The Bodyguard,” will form part of the long-planned celebrity sale at Julien’s auctionhouse.

“Her items can increase 10, 20 even 30 times compared to their previous value prior to her death. These items become part of history really,” said auctionhouse owner Darren Julien.

The auction will take place on March 31 and April 1, blocks from the hotel where the star was found dead in a bathtub on the eve of the Grammy Awards. 

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