Cissy Houston writes open letter to Whitney's daughter, Bobbi Kristina

Whitney Houston and Bobbi Kristina Brown in 2011. Jason Merritt / Getty Images file
Whitney Houston and Bobbi Kristina Brown in 2011.

Whitney Houston's daughter Bobbi Kristina Brown and the late singer's mother, Cissy Houston, haven't been on the best terms lately. 

Ever since Houston's book "Remembering Whitney" was published in January, Brown has been keeping her distance from her grandmother, calling the book (which details Whitney's drug abuse, problems with ex-husband Bobby Brown and gay relationship rumors) "disrespectful," according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Now, Houston is trying to mend fences, though in a very public way. She released an open letter to the press on Wednesday, addressed to "Krissi," and addressed the 20-year-old's engagement to Nick Gordon.

"She was your mom and she was my child and Krissi, I loved her too, more than you might imagine. I know you were upset that I wrote my book, 'Remembering Whitney,' but one day I hope you'll read it and understand that I just wanted to let the world see some of My Nippy -- the sweet, friendly, loving little girl with the extraordinary beauty and boundless talent who grew into the superstar and musical icon the world saw," wrote Houston.

She said she did not want Brown to get married "in the near future" because "I think you're too young and I wish you'd wait. But that's because I'm Grandma. I'm supposed to worry about you. I'm supposed to wonder if Nick or ANY man is good enough for you, My Baby's Baby."

She ended the letter, noting, "I don't have all the answers. I do know this, Baby Girl: God's got you and so do I."

Whitney Houston died on Feb. 11, 2012 of an accidental drowning; multiple drugs were found in her system. Her gravestone was revealed in Westfield, N.J. last week. 

Read the full letter here

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