Whitney Houston’s mom slams Bobbi Kristina’s adopted brother for romance

Video of Bobbi Kristina and Nick together is here

This is one controversial story that I didn’t want to discuss when it came out, but now that there’s more news about it we may as well. I’ll start with an anecdote that comes to mind. About 15 years ago, when I was in college, I met a couple through a mutual friend that kind of blew my mind. They were step-brother and step-sister, not related at all except by marriage, and they acted like best buddies in public until one night when they started making out at a party. It skeeved both my friend and me out, but we acted cool about it and tried not to judge. I barely knew the couple and I lost touch with that friend, but I will always remember seeing them make out and wondering how that worked exactly. I have a brother and even if he wasn’t my blood brother I like to think I could never view him that way. Maybe since I have a brother I’m reacting more strongly to this than I otherwise would. (There’s also a couple on “Teen Mom,” Catelynn and Tyler, who are step brother and sister. Their situation is different because Catelynn and Tyler were dating before their parents met and got married.)

As you know Bobbi Kristina Brown, 19, lost her mother Whitney Houston just over a month ago. It’s a lot to deal with at such a young age, and she must be very vulnerable. We heard from Bobbi in an interview with Oprah last weekend. She sounded like she’s coping well, but it just seemed way too soon to be interviewing her. (And one of Bobbi’s aunts agrees.) Bobbi is now involved in what looks like a new romance with her “adopted brother” Nick Gordon, 22. Nick was living with Bobbi and her mom since he was 12, basically for the last 10 years, although he is not related to her at all. He’s currently living with her in the late Whitney’s mansion, and they were recently spotted out kissing and holding hands.

Nick has blasted his critics on twitter, and he sounds like he’s being defensive about the romance, not that he’s denying it at all. Outlets are reporting that Nick is tweeting that he’s not dating Bobbi Kristina, but read these tweets and tell me if he’s defending himself or saying he’s not involved with her. (Note that he seems to have cleaned up this account and I can no longer find these tweets.)

“Yea we got a little closer and what!”

Though he was never formally adopted by Whitney Houston, Gordon was essentially Houston’s “adopted son” after the late singer took him in when he was just 12-years old, her brother Michael Houston told ABCNews.com.

Similarly, Bobbi Kristina and Gordon were raised like brother and sister, though they are not blood-related.

“All the haters that don’t know us or the real story can’t unfollow me. I don’t give a f–k,” Gordon wrote on Twitter to address the rumors. “I’ve proved my loyalty to her and the Houston family. I don’t owe any of you anything. Ha, I don’t even know y’all haters.”

Bobbi Kristina’s “brother” also added that anyone who thought they were having an incestuous relationship because of the “sibling” label was badly mistaken.

“For the stupid ppl out there, she gave birth to 1 child. And she trusted me with EVERYTHING!!!!!!!!” he wrote.

“She called me her ‘God Son,’” he continued. “I swear some ppl in this world act like they don’t have a brain …”

[From The Daily News]

Now Bobbi Kristina’s grandmother, Whitney’s mom, has told TMZ off the record that she thinks this is like incest and that Nick is taking advantage of Bobbi. Well, Bobbi is the sole heir to her late mom’s fortune. I wouldn’t be surprised.

Cissy Houston — Whitney Houston’s mom — has reacted fiercely to the video we posted Wednesday … showing Bobbi Kristina and Whitney’s “adopted” son Nick Gordon in a romantic grip, and then kissing (below).

Cissy told a close friend, “What they’re doing is incestuous.” Cissy feels her granddaughter has problems and Nick is taking advantage of her.

Although Whitney never formally adopted Nick, she considered him her son and Bobbi called him her brother. For his part, Nick called Bobbi his sister.

Cissy is so concerned that Bobbi has become impressionable and therefore an easy target for Nick, she’s asking the Whitney Houston Estate to take legal steps to get him evicted from Whitney’s home — where Bobbi Kristina is also living.

[From TMZ]

If they called each other brother and sister for the last 10 years, I don’t really get it. I do understand how relatives could be outraged. It’s not that I think it’s necessarily wrong, and Bobbi deserves some happiness. It’s just that I can’t imagine it personally, if that makes sense. Hopefully they genuinely care for each other and Nick has Bobbi’s best interests at heart.

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  1. Jayna says:

    Whitney left him nothing. It doesn’t sound like she thought of him as a son, to me.

    • iseepinkelefants says:

      Well the will was written in 1991, so I’m guessing this was before he entered the picture.

      • Whatever says:

        She atcually revised it much later. Removing some names altogether.

      • Sassy says:

        I watched the entire Oprah interview with Gary Houston, his wife and Bobbi Kristina. I was really wondering why the interview with Gary and his wife,who was Whitney’s manager, was held in the living room on comfy couches, and the interview with Bobbi Kristina was held in or near the kitchen/piano room, with all standing, Oprah and B Kristina talking and Gary’s wife present and standing also – throughout this entire portion of the interview they did not sit. I was surmising that Bobbi Kristina set the parameters of the interview and requested the “no sitting” request. I would be interested to know if anyone else thought this unusual.

    • gg says:

      I work as an estate planning paralegal. It’s not uncommon for someone to leave everything to one person, your only child – partly because if you start itemizing, you run into all these issues of alienating whoever you didn’t name, and the ones who did get named are sometimes vilified. Naming only one beneficiary keeps things nice and simple.

  2. jc126 says:

    Ah, so he was 12 when he was informally adopted – that explains it, kind of.
    I’ve read that if two kids meet each other as babies/toddlers/pre-pubescent children, they will tend to see each other as siblings. If they meet entering puberty, they are more apt to see each other as potential sexual partners. I’ve also seen this play out in real life in various situations.

  3. Maguita says:

    There are rumors that he IS her half-brother. That Whitney had him when she was too young, and her family hid him so it wouldn’t ruin her career chances.

    Back in the day, the 80′s, it was still frowned upon for a teenager to have a baby out of wedlock.

    I say incest for this. Even if the above is untrue. They’ve been calling each other brother and sister for over a decade. Living under the same roof. It is like Woody Allen and Soon-Yi: very disturbing, except for the age difference.

    See, when you adopt and you raise your children as siblings… Would you find it normal for your children to have sex?

    • LeeLoo says:

      I find that first part very hard to believe as he is only 3 years older than her. She was already dating Bobby Brown at that point and she already had several hit albums. If she got pregnant she would have had the baby and gotten married sooner.

      • Maguita says:

        Three years and some odd months before dating Bobby Brown, Whitney Houston was at the dawn of her career. Estimates and hopes were quite high for her. Clive Davis was still shaping her, preparing her for stardom.

        And back then, as it is still now to a certain degree, getting married would ruin the fantasy, and having a baby, would ruin the chances of an international career, and worldwide concerts.

        For a woman in the music industry, with young fans, and vying for a “Hollywood” career, while taking care of a baby and husband, were not always possible, and not nearly the norm as it is today.

        Look at Britney Spears. If she had gotten pregnant around “Hit Me Baby One More Time”, and kept the baby, would she have gone to that level of stardom? And those two ladies were over a decade apart in their rise to fame.

      • LeeLoo says:

        If this kid is 22 then he was born in 1988-1989. That would put him being born at the HEIGHT of her career not the dawn of it. She dated Bobby Brown for 3-4 years before they got married they were already dating at this time. The Bodyguard was not the height of her career merely the pinnacle and it was all down hill from there.

    • fabgrrl says:

      Too young? teenager? By my calculations, Whitney was 25/26 years old when this guy was born.

    • Zimmer says:

      I don’t see it as quite the same as a Woody Allen relationship, as Allen was in a paternal position, which is much different than a sibling relationship.

      • EmmaStoneWannabe says:

        Still disturbing, but I agree. It is a bit different. WA (hopefully) picked her out to be his child at the beginning, not lover.

    • Maguita says:

      Like I stated in the beginning, there are rumors. Whether they are true or false, remain to be seen.

      One thing for sure, I think Bobbi Kristina was more raised by her grandma than her own mother. For at least 5 years, her mother was not in shape to taking care of a child. So Cissy was one of the family members who had raised both children.

      I do agree with Zimmer on the paternal-relation issue. But it will still look odd for family members who had raised these two as siblings.

      • Whatever says:

        Lol..thanks for creating your very own rumor Maguita. That is not Whitney’s son. The only thing Whitney wanted more than anything was a son of her own, and she never had one.

      • DreamyK says:

        Drugs were Whitney’s first priority. Not children. She never got and stayed sober.

  4. Hautie says:

    If there was a relationship prior to Whitney dying. And everyone knew about it. Then so be it.

    But if this relationship started up following her death. Then it is about the money.

    And when there is no more money to spend. Then there will be no more relationship to worry about.

    • LeeLoo says:

      I wouldn’t say it’s all about money if it happened after. It could be about their respective greiving for Whitney. It could be about money but Cissy needs to let this thing play out. Colors will be shown soon enough. Besides Kristina is an adult now and needs to make her own decisions about this.

  5. embertine says:

    Eh, I don’t really get it myself either, but as long as he’s not taking advantage of her for her money I say live and let live.

    • Mitch Buchanan Rocks says:

      I agree with you – and it seems Oprah swooped in on this situation pretty quickly and got a lot of publicity – when seeing photo’s of Whitneys funeral Oprah and Gayle were pictured laughing.

  6. LeeLoo says:

    I think Kristina (as I guess she hates being called Bobbi because she doesn’t like her dad)is in a sensitive place right now. I wouldn’t be surprised if they both are and mourning brought them closer. That being said, in situations like this it is not our place to judge and I think it is best to let these things run theor course. If Cissy moves in to separate them it’s only going to make this situation worse and Kristina is only going to go further down the spiral she is rumored to be on. I don’t think this young man is with her purely for the reason she is heir to the estate and he seems halfway decebt but I would tell Kristina to watch out for the leeches. If being with him is a way to keep her healthy and somewhat balanced then this may be the best thing for her.

    • Whatever says:

      I agree, her relationship with her dad must be very strained. I think its too soon for a relationship, but she’s very vulnerable right now. I hope this Nick isn’t another Bobby Brown.

  7. Gia says:

    I have a brother too so I also get creeped out by any kind of sibling romance, be it step, blood or adopted. The fact that this girl is vulnerable, grieving, probably abusing drugs and wasn’t exactly raised in the healthiest of environments, makes this relationship no surprise to me. It’s sad. She should be discouraged from carrying on with this by the rest of her family though, full stop.

  8. Jackie says:

    this family’s dysfunction is just carrying on to the next generation.

    we heard all about the chaos that was whitney for 20 years, now it is going to continue for the next 20 years with her daughter. sad, but probably true.

    • Beck says:

      This is exactly what I was thinking.

      There is no telling everything Bobbi Kristina witnessed growing up. I saw an old interview with Whitney in which she talked about sending Bobbi Kristina to live with her brother and his wife for 2 or 3 years while she tried to get clean. Then, last night, I saw an interview with the brother’s ex-wife. She said she had to leave him to get her kids out of that situation. She said he was involved in drugs as well. She didn’t want her children being in that environment anymore. (The same environment Bobbi Kristina was moved to while her mom got clean.)

      I hope BK gets intensive therapy to deal with her issues.

      Note to CB: They are not living in a mansion. Whitney was living in a townhouse in Atlanta. The ATL mansion went into foreclosure years ago and she moved to the townhouse. She still had the New Jersey mansion but it was/is on the market.

  9. daz says:

    i know this sounds mean but she’s damn ugly it hurts to look

  10. Enny says:

    If she called him brother, considered him her brother, then he is her brother, and this is icky.

  11. Fyofeelings says:

    If it is about the money don’t be surprised if you hear rumors that she’s pregnant.

    • ladybert62 says:

      That had not occurred to me but I think you are right! Its about the money! Baby is probably on the way especially since this girl already has a wild reputation.

  12. lucy2 says:

    If they’ve really lived as siblings for 10 years, it’s weird. Sorry. But I don’t know the real situation, so who knows. But the guy comes off like a defensive jerk on twitter, so I hope he’s not after the money or taking advantage.
    I do think Oprah swooped in a little soon. A friend of mine, her daughter is roughly the same age as BK and she lost her father in a very tragic accident a few months ago. Knowing how she is right now, I can’t picture her talking publicly about it like that.

  13. fabgrrl says:

    Hm…I wonder what “brother” means to young Bobbi Kristina? She has, what, five brothers and sisters from Bobby Brown. I think she has had very little to do with several of them. Perhaps, with so many “brothers” around, the term doesn’t have the same meaning to her that it has to many of us.

    • Whatever says:

      Those are blood brothers though. Half siblings, this one is not blood related. He is like a play brother.

      • fabgrrl says:

        Yes I know. I was responding to the “she called him her brother” line. I’m just saying that, given all the people who she calls “brother”, maybe the term is somewhat diluted for her? Just speculating.

  14. ladybert62 says:

    Does this girl wear wigs? Why does she have a forehead that goes all the way back to the back of her head?

    This story is creepy – even if they are biological halfies, if they lived under the same roof as “brother and sister” then in my mind, this is incest – gross.

    • cerulean says:

      She probably wears wigs. Her mother loved wigs so I could see her following suit. It looks like a wig. No hairline.

  15. marie says:

    I find this weird and just gross. I have step-siblings, one being a younger brother. He was 5 when our parents married and I was 8. There is no way, no how that I would ever see him that way, gross-can’t even process..and now, I’m going to need some brain bleach..

  16. Zimmer says:

    I thought I read Whitney had also left Nick some money.

  17. cmc says:

    I’m really confused about this situation as a whole. How does one take a 12-year-old into one’s home and raise him without an adoption? Is that legal? Who were his parents? He says Whitney was his godmother- so maybe she was, his parents died, and she took over his care as intended. If that is the case, then there was a clear division between them growing up- he was only in the home because of his parents’ death and Whitney cared for him in their stead.

    Seriously, can someone tell me about this kid? I had literally never heard of his existence until this post.

  18. a nony mouse says:

    while my gut reaction is to follow the money, don’t we need to ask, “what money?’. {Please correct me if wrong, but didn’t WH die deeply in debt. Was sure I read something about her owing like 22mil. Not that that clears up any of the ickiness here but it may alter our perspective on this dude’s motives. Potentially.

    • Hautie says:

      There is lots of potential money.

      With the immediate rush of sale’s for her older albums/CD/downloads… from the day she died. There will be a good healthy flush of cash coming in.

      And I believe Whitney had bought the rights to Sparkle… or has a big piece of the back end of it. Which is her last movie. Plus she did soundtrack for it. Which will all be released this year.

      So Krissy stands to have a great deal of money coming in.

      And I believe that the estate has the same potential as Michael Jackson’s estate did.

      By their untimely death and the removal of their crazy spending. It will forever generate a healthy yearly cash flow.

      And no one was as broke as Michael Jackson. Within 2 years. His estate was back to being worth millions.

      • lucy2 says:

        I agree – MTV and a few other places estimate that Jackson’s estate has generated $1 billion since his death. I don’t know that Whiteny’s would equal that, but I think we’re still talking hundreds of millions, and I don’t think her debt problems were the same level as Michael’s.
        I hope someone smart, caring, and honest is looking after the estate, because I don’t see her daughter, or any 19 year old, knowing how to best handle it.

    • Beck says:

      She did have financial problems. She lost the ATL mansion and moved to a townhouse. (While the townhouse is supposedly valued around $750,000, that was a huge step down for her.) She still owned the NJ mansion (it was on the market when she died) but sold some of the land off.

      I read she put out the newer CD and went on tour (although her voice was wrecked) because she needed the money. I think she used some of that money (or advances for future CDs) to invest in the movie that will be coming out this year. I think she was also a producer (as well as acting in it) so she must have been betting on it doing well.

      Like Michael Jackson, she may have been worth more money dead than alive.

      I wonder if Whitney set up a trust for BK when she was born. And, if so, if Whitney and Bobby Brown went through that money as well.

  19. SkyNet says:

    I think it’s gross. My dad and step-mom got together when I was 13,and I have a step brother that is a year younger than me. We have never thought of each other in any way other than friends and then siblings.

    I think that there is something really wrong if they were raised as siblings and are now starting to act like this. Whether it’s money or some kind of emotional issue, it’s not a good thing and needs to be worked out. I hope that they both find the help that they need.

  20. iseepinkelefants says:

    I knew a guy and girl in middle/high school whose parents got married and they were in a relaionship. Granted it was doubly weird because they were in a sexual relationship (we were like 13 at the time) and they were in effect step brother and step sister (though not related by blood).

    I know there are arguments against and for but in this particular situation it was weird. I don’t know how close Bobbi and her step brother are but it seems odd, I mean why start something now that Whitney’s gone? Probably because she wouldn’t have approved? It looks shaddy on his part.

  21. Sacred says:

    This hold situation is weird. If she was taking care of him since he was twelve, why didn’t she leave him anything? Could they have been messing around before Whitney died and hid it from her b/c they knew she wouldn’t approve? Ugh. There are too many unanswered questions here. I am glad she doesn’t have complete control over her estate. This boy screams free loader to me. And, he can’t be anymore stable than Whitney or Bobby. Isn’t this the same boy who pulled out a gun during an altercation?

  22. spinner says:

    Poor Bobbi K…she is unfortunate looking & as for the situation going on here, nothing would surprise me. Just look at the family life this poor girl has had to deal with.

  23. Holden says:

    I saw some of the Bobbi Kristina interview, was she shaken and nervous or has she not had a lot of education?

  24. fabgrrl says:

    I’m just playing Devil’s Advocate, here. I don’t have a dog in this fight.

    Didn’t Whitney Houston have multiple houses? Did she have a mansion with multiple wings, or guest quarters? I can’t assume that “living at Whitney’s house” means that these two kids were sharing a bathroom and fighting over who got the toy in the cereal box.

  25. cerulean says:

    Its creepy if he was truly viewed as a son.

  26. madpoe says:

    After reading this I suddenly don’t feel as bad for Courtney Love’s Francis Bean…just a pinch better.

  27. Impotent_smurf says:

    They look high as f*ck in that pic. I don’t get the problem. They are NOT related. And you know she’s going through a lot right now, sometimes it’s easier going through that with someone who has been in your life long enough and closely enough to understand all the ups and downs. I hope he’s not an opportunist but I don’t see anything wrong or incestuous about this pairing up. He’s “like” family. There are tons of friendships where “he’s like my brother” and it turned into more. I say let her not be so damn lonely for a bit. She lost her mother and it looks like he (and pot) make her smile. But maybe I’m just Pervy that way…

  28. DappaDaph says:

    In just a culmination of what I’ve read, seen, and heard secondhand. Nick is from a upper class family. Whitney took him under her wing when he began acting out in school and with his family. Never read that he lived with her & Krissi maybe until later. So this may be a case of a emotional adoption and not a legal one.
    Mitch Rock, just because Oprah and Gayle were seen laughing doesnt mean they were at her funeral to ridicule. Actually at home-goings, you share wonderful stories about the deceased. It’s not all somber and weepy.
    Holden, Krissi’s nervousness had nothing to do with a formal education. I think that “gospel-speak” she was using with Oprah she heard from Whitney. She used the word, humble, out of context many times.
    Whitney owed Sony 22 million dollars so any monies made by her estate will have to go toward her debts. The good thing is Krissi has all of Whitney’s stuff so she could auction off whatever has no sentimental value.
    My take on this relationship is that they are grieving and only trust each other and need someone physically to lean on. If it is meaningful or not, I trust Oprah will do another show (it helps her ratings) as Krissi told her that they could talk anytime.
    This tragedy has more tenacles than a octopus.

  29. Embee says:

    I went to school with two kids whose parents adopted another son while they were in highschool. The daughter is now married to him and they have 4 kids together. Skeeves me the F out even though it shouldn’t.

  30. ruddyzookeeper says:

    Wouldn’t doubt at all that this was going on before mom’s death and maybe she tried to discourage it? Now that she’s gone they don’t have any obstacles. Ugh, just thinking that seems wrong. Nevermind.

  31. skuddles says:

    Have to agree with Cissy here. This is just too weird and I doubt very much it will turn out well…there’s also a lot of rumors that he’s into drugs.

  32. TheOriginalVictoria says:

    I don’t have an issue with this. So the fuck what. They weren’t born in the same family. They weren’t raised as brother and sister from infancy, and nothing was official (and plenty of people take in children without making it legal). I honestly don’t feel this is creepy. If they were officially step brother and sister and were raised together as small children to be siblings, yes, but play brother, no. That shit happens all the time.

    I still think he’s using her though.

  33. Dirty Martini says:

    I cant believe I’m weighing in on this mess. But here goes….

    Whitney had one child. She may have extended her home, even her heart, to another….but she had one child.

    These two entered each others lives during puberty. They may have shared a home, but they did NOT share a mother. One had a mother….another had a caring benefactor.

    Incest? NO.

    Carry on.

  34. Judy says:

    Where are people getting this misinfo from? Whitney did not adopt this kid legally and if she did and he was not in the old will he would just have to protest the will and get money. Whitney hated her mother so why is she flapping her lips all ove the place and deciding where she will be burried and who can come to her funeral? Whitenys family are all gold diggers and the ones that will take that kid to the cleaners and BTW Bobby Brown is in the will they jsut havent said how much he gets.

  35. Jessica says:

    My understanding is that he was “like a son” to Whitney–NOT that she raised him AS a son (he didn’t call her mom, she didn’t refer to him as son). They were just close. She was essentially a benefactor. That doesn’t make Bobbi Kristina and him ANYTHING. Not siblings, not step-siblings, not anything. For all we know he had a “like a son” relationship with Whitney, but it didn’t extend to the whole family. People are making a huge deal out of nothing at all. They’re making it sound like they were raised side-by-side AS siblings. They weren’t.

    Also, we don’t know whether they lived under the same roof or not. Whitney had multiple homes. Bobbi K. lived with her grandmother for a period of time (if I am remembering correctly), with her father for a period of time, and with Whitney some of the time. For all we know they may have never even resided in any residence together for any significant amount of time or at all.

    That aside, I think it’s a little suspicious that he didn’t get anything in the will (and, to add to my comment above, if they WERE indeed raised as siblings, I doubt he’d have gotten nothing at all), and now suddenly he’s dating Bobbi, who will be inheriting millions incrementally over the next ten years or so. It could be legit, though.

    Anyway, what’s the big effin deal about all of this?

    • Annie says:

      That’s my take on it too Jessica, this really is the tabs trying to make a scandal out of something quite innocent. This guy was never LITERALLY Whitney’s adopted son officailly or otherwise, my understanding also is she just said he was “like a son to her” which is only a figure of speach meaning she helped him out materially and emotionally when he was in trouble and that was the extent of it. They first met when BC was 12 and into puberty, so she likely never saw him as a brother even if Whitney described him as such to her. So essentially we just have two former childhood friends now dating – I don’t see anything too unusual here? As for Cissy, well, people almost never approve of their teenage child/grandchild’s first dates, nothing new here!

  36. Belle says:

    Seems like they were both raised in a very dysfunctional, messed up environment and their ‘relationship’ is the product of that. They are both no doubt, grieving… and are taking comfort in each other in what seems like a very creepy and inappropriate way. I don’t think the kid is after her money… I just think they are both messed up.