Whitney Houston's Come-Through Moment
Whitney: She's good. I don't know how to describe her. She's more and more like me every day.
Oprah: She's starting to actually look more like you.
Whitney: She does. When she was a kid, she was looking so much like her father—her body frame, her face, her skin.
Oprah: You can see yourself in her?
Whitney: Oh, all over her. She writes creatively all the time. She writes. And she sings. She's really starting to sing really well now.
Oprah: Is she good?
Whitney: Yeah, she is. I want her to take her time. I don't want anybody to touch her. I want to groom her.
Oprah: So if she chooses to be in this business, that's okay with you?
Whitney: Yeah, but I will be there. Like my mom was there with me. When I was just getting in the business, and they came for me when I was 14 and wanted to sign me, my mother said: "No way. Whitney's got a lot more to learn."
Oprah: Are you enjoying being a mother?
Whitney: I love it. I love being a mother and watching her become a woman. There are times where she's going through that young womanhood where there's the boys, and there are little things and you got her little feelings being hurt. I love her to come to me, and she trusts me. She trusts me and I can tell her the truth and say: "Listen. It's going to happen, but we're going to get through it. We're going to make it." That kind of thing. I love that.
She's proud of me. And I'm proud of her. She got into bed with me this morning and she said: "Mama, can I just tell you how much I love you and how proud I am of you? You're record's kicking tail all over the world. I just proud of you. We did it, Mom. We did it."