IT seems a perfect ending to a script crafted on February 11, 2012. It leaves no room for confusion. No usurper. No pretender. The victor is all but a character conceived in 1992 and delivered in 1993.
Unlike other celebrity estates that may be subject to disputes and dueling survivors trying to get their hands on the riches, everything goes to Bobbi Kristina Brown, 19, the late Whitney Houston’s only child.
That is what Whitney Houston’s Last Will and Testament, a 19-page document, says. It leaves everything to the young lady, who appears on Winfrey Oprah’s show today, a month after the legendary singer passed on in a bathtub in Beverly Hill’s hotel room.
The show will also see Winfrey speak to Houston’s sister-in-law and manager Patricia Houston, and brother Gary Houston.
Winfrey and Houston knew each other well and the chat show star attended the singer’s funeral in Newark last month with her family.
A statement from the network reads: “Bobbi Kristina shares personal memories of her mom and how she would like the iconic superstar to be remembered.
“The family also addresses the rumours and speculation surrounding Houston’s death.”
Before the interview at 7 p.m., OWN will re-air its special, Remembering Whitney: The Oprah Interview, which features the singer’s 2009 interview on The Oprah Winfrey Show and Winfrey’s own personal memories of the star. .
According to the will, Houston’s daughter will receive all of the singer’s money, cars, furniture, clothing, jewelry and personal effects. Because Bobbi Kristina is 19, a trust has been set up in her name. She will receive a chunk of money or her 21st birthday, a second installment on her 25th, and the remainder on her 30th birthday.
The late singer’s attorney, Kenny Meisalas, read the will on Wednesday, while Fulton County Probate Court Judge, Pinkie T. Toomer, approved the will, which was signed in 2000, when Houston was still married to Bobby Brown, the New Edition singer, who is on musical tour of Nigeria. Brown is not included in the will.
Before the will was made public, there had been speculations as to who gets what. Many had wondered what would go to her daughter, Bobbi Kristina, and other people around her including her former husband, Bobby Brown,
Houston’s mother, Cissy Houston, is the executor of the will. Her brother and sister-in-law are named as trustees.
Whitney Houston and Bobby Brown married in 1992, and had daughter Bobbi Kristina less than a year later. However, their marriage was marred by drug use and a battery charge. The troubled pair split in 2006, after 14 years of marriage.