Cissy Houston is reportedly planning to write a book about her late daughter, Whitney Houston, The New York Times reports.
According to the paper’s sources, the 78-year-old Grammy-winning gospel singer met with publishers in a suite at the St. Regis Hotel in New York City this week to discuss the project, referring to her daughter by her nickname, “Nippy.”
“It’s going to be the bad, it’s going to be the good,” Houston was quoted as saying. She characterized the book as the true story of her daughter, whose once-blazing career stumbled while she grappled with drug addiction and a rocky marriage to Bobby Brown.
The Times said a deal could go for seven figures, and that Los Angeles-based literary agent Steve Fisher was looking to score global rights to the book. Also: two publishers observed that Houston, aiming to set the record straight about her daughter, seemed apprehensive about addressing the topic of the singer’s drug abuse.
Cissy Houston wrote a past memoir, 1998′s How Sweet the Sound, and would use a ghostwriter for the Whitney-focused project, according to the Times.
Whitney was found submerged in a bathtub at the Beverly Hilton on Feb. 11 just hours before she was scheduled to appear at Clive Davis’ annual Pre-Grammy gala. The death was ruled to be an accidental drowning, though an autopsy found cocaine in the 48-year-old’s system.
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