Whitney Houston's mother, Cissy, has spoken for the first time following her daughter's death, saying that the media is responsible for spreading false rumors about her.
Cissy, 78, speaking with a New Jersey radio station, said her daughter was not out of money when she died.
"She's not broke," Cissy Houston said. "She's not anything, none of that crap."
"The media are awful," she continued. "People have come from here and there, [and they] don't know what they're talking about. People I haven't seen in 20 years . . . Here they come, [they] think they know everything, but that's not true."
Alluding to media speculation on the cause of her daughter's death, Cissy said it was hypocritical:
"She's had her ups and downs, like who hasn't?"
Houston's family will pay tribute to her at the 2012 McDonald's Gospelfest in Newark, New Jersey.
by RTT Staff Writer
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