Pat Houston opens up about Bobbi Kristina Brown’s tragic death

By Sarah Kelsey

Bobbi Kristina Brown's family has opened about her tragic passing. In a television interview, the late 22-year-old's aunt Pat Houston has said she's still struggling to come to terms with her niece's death.

Bobbi Kristina passed away in July after spending months in a coma. Speaking to Entertainment Tonight, Pat said that there’s a lot she wishes she could tell her niece. The most important? "You have to love yourself… You have to call on people and not allow someone to divide you and then conquer you."

The elder Houston went on to reveal that she knew the young actress had been battling substance abuse issues, and even had plans to send her niece to a rehab facility in California.

Bobbi Kristina and Pat Houston at the 2012 Billboard Awards. Photo: © Getty Images

"When we really found out that Krissy was in trouble, we were really making plans to do something about it… But it came too late.”

The family’s desire to protect the young star, whose mother was superstar singer Whitney Houston, was so strong that they previously went to great lengths to intervene in situations they deemed untenable.

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In 2014, Pat filed a restraining order against Bobbi Kristina's husband, Nick Gordon, after he shared threatening messages with guns and weapons on social media.

The family has subsequently filed a suit against the 25-year-old, saying he may have played a part in her death. The reality star has gone on to deny such claims, and even released a statement through his lawyers. "Nick has been heartbroken and destroyed over the loss of his love and it's shameful that such baseless allegations have been presented publicly."

Bobbi Kristina Brown passed away on July 26, 2015. Photo: © Getty Images

Of course, the loss of Bobbi Kristina has been particularly difficult for the Houston and Brown families as they're still coming to terms with the death of her mother. Whitney died in 2012 from an apparent drug overdose.

Sarah Kelsey is a gal in the know who regularly appears on television and writes for a variety of outlets. Check out her work at, on Twitter @sarahkelsey, Instagram @sakelsey and Pinterest @sakelsey.

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