As the one year anniversary of Whitney Houston's death approaches, the superstar's mother Cissy has released a book about her daughter's life, remembering her only child.

Speaking to ITV Daybreak in her only UK interview, she said she wrote the book "to let people know the real Whitney".

Cissy described Whitney as a "wonderful, giving person", who always wanted to be 'the girl next door', but fame got hold of her.

She added that her life would have been different had she not met Bobby Brown, "she happened to fall in love with someone who really wasn't for her, they were from two different worlds."

Whitney and Bobby's daughter, Bobbi Kristina Brown has spoken out about the book, entitled Remembering Whitney, asking people not to read it, tweeting that it was "disrespectful to her mother".

When asked about her granddaughter Cissy acknowledged that she was grieving, she added: "She's a person that has a mind of her own."

Cissy said she hoped her daughter would be remembered as "one of the greatest singers that ever lived".

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