Support through sadness. As Bobbi Kristina Brown remains in a coma, many celebrities have lent their prayers and support to the Brown and Houston families. Us Weekly caught up with several stars on Thursday, Feb. 5, including her friends and fellow singers Deborah Cox and Jennifer Hudson. Bobbi’s godfather Clive Davis also spoke out about the music scion’s condition.
“It’s been heartbreaking to see the Houston family in such pain again,” the music legend, 82, credited with discovering late superstar Whitney Houston, told Billboard Thursday ahead of his pre-Grammy gala at the Beverly Hilton this weekend. “I certainly offer my continued support.” (On Jan. 11, 2012, Houston was expected to perform at Davis’ annual Grammys party, when she passed away.)
At the Grammy Legacy Concert at the Wilshire Ebell Theatre in L.A., Cox told Us she was “horrified” after learning that Bobbi had been found unresponsive and facedown in a bathtub on Saturday. “I’m very very… it’s tragic,” she told Us. “I was really horrified when I heard the news. All I can do is just continue to pray. Pray for her family and pray for comfort and a speedy recovery.”
Cox, who met Bobbi more than a decade ago when she was “about 8 or 9,” recalled her close relationship to Houston. Most recently, Cox re-recorded Houston’s vocals in the singer’s Lifetime biopic: I Will Always Love You: The Whitney Houston Story. (Actress/model Yaya DaCosta played Houston in the film.)
“For me, it was really so many things and so many emotions because she was a mentor, she was like a sister,” Cox, 40, reflected to Us. “She was a friend. She was a labelmate. So I had many opportunities to work with her in the studio, out of the studio, on the stage. So it was an interesting experience.”
Fellow music diva Hudson also opened up to Us at the Turn It Up For Change event on Thursday. “I am very overwhelmed,” she told Us of the Bobbi Kristina news. “You know it’s a hard thing to deal with, even from a distance, just hearing about it, and it’s almost surreal. I think for all of us, and you know, it’s a lot to deal with for us, so I can only imagine what the family must be going through.”
While witnessing the tragic turn of events from a distance, Hudson told Us: “We can only extend our prayers and offer them respect and privacy at this time.” Hudson sang “I Will Always Love You” in a tribute to the Houston at the 2012 Grammys, one day after the legend passed away. Houston memorably presented Hudson with her very first Grammy back in 2008.
Family members have been filing in and out of the Emory University Hospital since Bobbi Kristina was transferred from Fulton Hospital on Tuesday. Distraught father Bobby Brown stepped out on his birthday, Thursday, Feb. 5, and told Access Hollywood: “She’s good. We’re praying.”
A source told Us Weekly that the situation was “really dire,” adding: “It doesn’t look like she’s coming back, at least not back to her old self.”
“[Bobby] hasn’t been able to accept that his daughter isn’t coming back,” the source continued. “Their last interaction is not the last one he wants to have with his daughter.”
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