Despite her well-chronicled struggles, Whitney Houston recently appeared to be in the midst of a successful comeback, returning the studio to make new music and heading back to the silver screen with a role in the upcoming musical drama “Sparkle.”
The beloved superstar sat down with Access Hollywood’s Shaun Robinson on the set of the film — for what has sadly become the final one-on-one interview with Whitney, who died on Saturday at the age of 48 – and reflected on the support system that carried her through her the rough patches during her three-decade career.
“There will be the ups, there will be the downs, there will be the all-arounds,” Whitney told Shaun, on the “Sparkle” set in Detroit in November. “But your belief, your faith and your determination [and] the encouragers – the people who encourage you to do and be the best you can – it is a blessing.”
The “I Will Always Love You” singer said her family had been a source of overwhelming, unconditional support – especially her 18–year-old daughter, Bobbi Kristina (with ex-husband Bobby Brown).
“I have a mother that’s very strong and family that surround me and constantly tell me they love me,” she told Shaun. “My daughter is my greatest inspiration. My greatest, my greatest.”
Adding, “She supports me, she loves me, she gives me good mommy hugs.”
Shaun told the star that a friend had asked that she impart to Whitney that thousands of people are “rooting for her.”
“Do you feel that?” Shaun asked.
“Oh yeah!” Whitney answered, emphatically. “I’ve got some good saints out there – that’s right – that pray for me constantly. You’ve gotta have that! You do. For those who don’t believe – you do.”
Shaun added that Whitney looked beautiful, to which Whitney responded, “I’m older, I’m matured… I’m looking forward to the years to come. Good years.”