Oprah nabbed one of the most sought after interviews of the year when Bobbi Kristina agreed to speak with her for an episode of Oprah’s Next Chapter that will air on March 11th. Bobbi Kristina, Whitney Houston’s only child, “will share personal memories of her mother and address ‘rumours and speculation surrounding Houston’s death’, according to a press release. While I worry about people taking advantage of Bobbi Kristina’s fragile state in the upcoming months, I don’t think Oprah is a threat to Bobbi Kristina’s well-being.
The 18-year-old’s been in the spotlight almost as much as her mother in the past month and it seems like everyone’s rooting for her to fail. Immediately after Whitney died, headlines started appearing declaring Bobbi Kristina to be an alcoholic drug-addicted suicidal teenager.
People didn’t even wait until after Whitney’s funeral before they started leaking rumors to the media about Bobbi Kristina being drunk and high at the funeral. Anonymous sources crawled out of the woodwork to address their “concerns” about Bobbi’s well-being. But I think everyone forgot she was an 18-year-old in mourning for her mother. There’s no right way to grieve, especially when your mother’s death makes global headlines.
That’s why I’m counting on Oprah to do a good job at highlighting Bobbi Kristina’s relationship with her mother through her memories. To remind everyone that Bobbi Kristina just lost her mother at a young age and should therefore be exempt from media scrutiny for a little bit longer. To remind everyone that Whitney was more than a music icon and more than a face in a casket, she was also a mother. A real live human being who cared about Bobbi Kristina, even though she couldn’t always show it in the right ways.
As much as I don’t want to be a rubbernecker to this tragedy, I think this interview will be the best way to end our national conversation about Bobbi Kristina. The best way to remember she’s still young enough to make mistakes and make up for them and we shouldn’t be judging her during this extremely trying time.