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The father of Anna Nicole Smith’s child said Friday that Whitney Houston’s daughter is going to have to be strong in the coming weeks and months as she hears the things people in the media are saying about her mother.
Larry Birkhead told “Nancy Grace” producer Natisha Lance that 18-year-old Bobbi Kristina should view parts of Houston’s life as a cautionary tale. Unlike his daughter, Dannielynn, who was less than a year old when Smith died in 2007, Bobbi Kristina will have memories of her mother’s good times and bad times.
There is a lot she can learn from those memories, he said, because she is old enough to “see the cards that life can deal.” He emphasized that she has to be careful who she surrounds herself with and she needs to have people in her life who will keep her grounded.
Birkhead also had some advice for Houston’s ex-husband Bobby Brown about being a father at a time like this.
“I would say to him to be available and be ready,” he said.
Despite all of the media attention that surrounded Anna Nicole’s death and its legal aftermath—and the continued attention from the paparazzi since then—Birkhead said Dannielynn has grown into a normal, well-rounded kid. As she gets older, though, she wants to know more and more about what happened to her mother.
“It just started out on a level of, ‘Where’s mommy? She’s in the clouds,’” he said, but he now tells her that her mother is in heaven.
“The other day, she said she wanted to hop on a cloud to touch her mommy but was afraid because she didn’t have wings,” he said.
Birkhead said there are still false stories popping up in the tabloids about Anna Nicole, and Houston’s daughter may need to be prepared for the same thing.
“Five years later, the vultures are still out,” he said.
For Nancy Grace’s exclusive interview with Larry Birkhead, tune in to HLN Friday at 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. ET .
A friend of Whitney Houston’s ex-husband, Bobby Brown, told HLN’s Nancy Grace Thursday that Brown is “distraught” over the singer’s death.
“He’s taking it really hard,” Derrick Handspike said. “…He’s pretty hurt right now.”
In Handspike’s book, "Bobby Brown: The Truth, The Whole Truth, Nothing But," The New Edition singer is quoted as saying that he never used cocaine until after he met Houston. Handspike confirmed that is what Brown told him.
“Whitney was her own person, you know,” Handspike said. “Whitney liked to party and have a good time too, I mean, just as well as Bobby.”
Handspike said he was also upset when he heard that Houston had died. “Devastated. Devastated,” he said of his reaction. “I mean, I couldn’t even believe it. It’s still really just registering now and sinking in.”
For in depth coverage of the investigation into Whitney Houston’s death watch Nancy Grace tonight at 8 & 10 p.m. ET only on HLN.