Cissy Houston is certainly devastated about the loss of her daughter Whitney Houston, but she's not blaming anyone but the singer herself.
"I don't blame [Bobby Brown]," Cissy, 79, said about her daughter's ex-husband Monday, Jan. 28, on the Today Show. "I know he didn't help her…[But] everybody's responsible for their own actions up to a point."
"I think [Whitney] was raised—she knew better," she said. "And whatever took her to that position, I really don't know."
Cissy's written a book, Remember Whitney: My Story of Love, Loss and the Night the Music Stopped, to commemorate her love for her daughter. The reason? "Because [the media] had it all wrong about her, and our relationship," she said. "We had no troubled relationship—we had a great relationship.
"I think that good mothers, good fathers, good families don't always have great children," Cissy added. "Bad people have good children—but it's their responsibility when they get to a certain age to choose their way. She was taught. She knew the way."
"I did think she was doing better [before her death]," she lamented. But despite Whitney's passing at age 48, Cissy doesn't necessarily believe her daughter died before her time. "I trust in God," Cissy said. "His ways are not our ways, so we have to go with that and there's nothing I can do about it."