Oprah Winfrey set to interview with Bobbi Kristina, but is it too soon?
Oprah Winfrey's network, OWN, recently confirmed that the host will be sitting down with Whitney Houston's 18-year-old daughter, Bobbi Kristina, on March 11th for her first interview since her mother's death.
The interview will be part of a one-hour special of Winfrey's series "Oprah's Next Chapter." Bobbi Kristina will share "personal memories of her mom and how she would like the iconic superstar to be remembered. The family also addresses the rumors and speculation surrounding Houston's death," the network said. Houston's sister-in law, Patricia Houston, and brother, Gary Houston, will also be speaking to Winfrey.
The scheduling of this interview bears an obvious question: is it too soon?
Bobbi Kristina reportedly suffered a "nervous breakdown" and had to be hospitalized after hearing of the loss of her mother --which leaves me feeling kind of torn. It seems pretty quick for her to be put into the spotlight, especially since the interview will air on the one-month anniversary of Houston's death. The last thing the teenager needs is to be pushed too far too fast.
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At the same time, Bobbi Kristina is 18 -- legally old enough to determine whether or not she wanted to take part in this interview. Maybe the interview will be part of the healing process, something that will allow her to talk about her mother honestly and openly. Perhaps, it'll even help clear up some of the speculation surrounding Houston's death, some of which has been ugly and negative.
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In any case, I think an interview with Houston's family would help the singer's fans and I even agree with their choice of Oprah as an interviewer--after all, the talk show host is known for conducting difficult interviews delicately and sympathetically. But for Bobbi Kristina's sake, I think waiting until further down the road for the chat to take place further could help her. At the very least, it won't hurt. More time will give her better perspective and space to prepare herself emotionally and mentally.
Either way, one thing's definite--the interview will also be emotional for all of Houston's fans who will surely be watching.
Do you think the interview is a good or bad idea? Will you watch it?
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