Real talk: I’ve cried during every single cover of “I Will Always Love You” that I’ve heard since Whitney died. Every single one of them. Granted, something wacky is going on with my lady hormones (almost every night for the past week I’ve held a guinea pig and cried because “I just love you so much,” if that says anything), but, and I’m sure many of you will agree with this, there’s just something really sad about all this. Of course it’s sad when anyone dies that we’ve admired or looked up to, but there’s something a little different … is it the blatantly dysfunctional family aspect hitting a little too close to home maybe? I’m not sure, but regardless, the saddest part of all of this is Bobbi Kristina. Girl is just not handling this well at all.
The latest example of Bobbi Kristina’s poor coping skills:
Just hours after watching an emotionally charged tribute to her doting mother, Whitney Houston, Bobbi Kristina Houston Brown decided she needed some time alone. So while friends and family convened at a local eatery in Newark, N.J., to remember the 48-year-old musical legend, Bobbi Kristina simply disappeared.
As Houston’s body was set to be transported to the Fairview Cemetery in Westfield, N.J., for burial Sunday morning, her family was in full panic mode trying to the find the 18-year-old, who suffered at least two emotional breakdowns last week after the sudden death of her mother Feb. 11, according to two sources who spoke to The Daily Beast and are in close communication with Bobbi Kristina’s family.
“Everyone was freaking out and calling Bobbi Kristina’s cell,” said one source, a longtime family friend. “It was so much commotion and activity after the funeral that Bobbi Kristina just slipped away. Ms. Cissy [Houston, Whitney’s mother] was beside herself.”
“There was some confusion about Bobbi Kristina’s whereabouts last night for a short time, but she’s OK,” a Houston family spokesperson told The Daily Beast. “She needed some time alone.” The spokesperson says Bobbi Kristina isn’t on drugs and is just emotionally fragile at this time. “She is going through a very hard time as you can expect.”
Several hours after the funeral, Bobbi Kristina was found at a hotel “getting high,” according to one source who was with the family when they received the news. A second source was told of the event from a member of the family. (The Houston spokesperson denied the incident occurred.) Some family members wanted to whisk the aspiring singer to rehab last night, while others fought for her to stay to see her mother buried this morning.
“It’s a horrible situation for everybody,” says the close family friend. “They tried to save Whitney, and it didn’t work. Now with Bobbi Kristina, they fear the same thing is happening again and they won’t be able to stop it either. Bobbi Kristina is all Ms. Cissy has left of Whitney. She’s so tired, but she’s ready to fight again to save her grandbaby.”
Those close to the family say they expect Bobbi Kristina to be flown to a California rehab facility as soon as burial services are over.
I don’t have a drug problem or anything, and I’ll never know how hard it is to lose your mom so young, but Bobbi, girl, just go to rehab. It’ll be ok. Just go. Please.