In her will, filed in Atlanta on Wednesday, Houston gives the “entire interest in all my household furniture… clothing, personal effects, jewelry, and automobiles, and all insurance policies thereon… to any children of mine who survive me.” Bobbi Kristina, 19, is Houston’s only child.
Bobbi Kristina’s inheritance will be placed in a trust until she turns 21 in 2014; it is then when she will get part of her mother’s estate. Bobbi Kristina will get additional money at age 25 and the balance of Houston’s estate at age 30. She’ll be able to draw on the money with permission from Houston’s trustees, who can give Bobbi Kristina money for things like tuition, a new home or to start a new business. Cissy Houston is the executor of the estate and Houston’s brother, Michael, and her sister-in-law, Donna Houston, are the trustees.
A portion of the 19-page document is available online at Inside Edition.
News of Houston’s will, which was signed on Feb. 3, 1993, about a month before Houston gave birth to her daughter, comes just one month after the pop star’s sudden death. It also comes just days before Bobbi Kristina makes her first media appearance since her mom’s tragic death, as a guest on a special episode of Oprah Winfrey’s Oprah’s Next Chapter. Bobbi Kris will sit on Oprah’s couch, along with Houston’s brother, Gary, and her sister-in-law, Patricia, and give their insider account of Houston’s life and some dish on her marriage to Bobby Brown, as well as their take on the rumors and speculation surrounding Houston’s death. A preview of the show also promises that Bobbi Kristina will share personal memories of her mom and how she’d like the icon to be remembered.
It’s interesting to hear that Whitney set up a trust for her daughter just a few weeks before her baby was born; it’s such a human reaction to such a monumental time in a mom-to-be’s life. As you prepare to usher new life into the world, you recognize your own vulnerability—understand that life is so very fragile and that the one thing that is absolutely paramount to you is that your child be watched over, protected, even when you’re gone from here. Nick and I made a point of putting together a living will when our first daughter was born, and we updated it when our second came along. It felt morbid, thinking about what would happen to our things and our money when we die, but thank God we got over the emotional aspect of it and got down to the business of looking out for our children. It’s a stroke of genius, too, that Whitney thought to stagger payments to her child—each coming as Bobbi Kristina matures and gets a hold of her life and her space in it.
I’m not sold on the idea that now is a good time for Bobbi Kristina to bare her soul to Oprah; it has, after all, been only a month since her mother passed and Bobbi Kris suffered two nervous breakdowns after word of Whitney’s tragic death. It’s a lot to handle for a 19-year-old—the reading of a will, news of what could be a multimillion-dollar inheritance, and a huge interview digging into the details of her mother’s life. Still, we’re rooting for her and pray that the guiding hands of family and friends who truly care for Bobbi Kristina help see her through the hard parts as she heals and gets on with her life.
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Photo: Bobbi Kristina Brown for Instagram.
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