Oprah: If your daughter hadn't said that, do you think you would have stayed? You'd still be struggling with it? Or was that a turning moment for you?

Whitney: My spirit wouldn't let me. The spirit of God is stronger than any spirit that you can ever have. And at some point, it helps you to make a decision. I had my sister-in-law who was praying for me. ... My brothers were there for me. You know, my family. I had members that had stood by me. ...

And then there was Clive who said, "I don't believe it's over." He said: "No way. God didn't give you gifts like that and say it's over. It can't end like this. It can't go like this." He said, "Plus, I still got some more left in me." And I thought, "Wow." He said: "I'm going to give you a year and you make a decision. But the world's waiting, and they want to hear you again."

I'd go to the grocery store, and people would say: "When are you coming out with another record? I want to hear your song. I want to hear you sing again." I felt the warmth of people. Of the mothers saying, "Now that's who I used to listen to when I was growing up."


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