The legendary Dionne Warwick has ended her silence on the death of her cousin, Whitney Houston. Speaking with Robin Roberts on Good Morning America earlier today, the R&B singer reflected on her last conversations with Whitney — both of which took place on the day she died. Dionne revealed, “I spoke to her that morning. She said, ‘You’re here, aren’t you? You’re coming to the party, aren’t you? I said, ‘Yeah, I’m going to be there,’ and she said, ‘Thank you, I want you to be here. You’ve got to be here for me.'” To which Dionne said, “I’m always here for you.”

After she got off the plane, “I spoke to her that afternoon and that was it,” Warwick said, referring to Whitney as “the little girl I never had.” She added, “She was so up and ready and happy. She had everything in the world to live for. She had a new film that was an absolute dream to make and do. She was getting ready to go back into the studio to record. She was getting her vocals together.”

Dionne says Whitney’s death is still “very very surreal to her” and acknowledged that she’s yet to breakdown and mourn, which she says she knows will come. As for Whitney’s mother, Cissy Houston, Dionne professed how proud she was, noting that despite her “moments” that “She is holding up really, really well.” When it comes to Bobbi Kristina Brown, “She will have it [support], of course. That’s the one thing I love about my family. We are family. She has the support that she actually needs.”

You can see the interview in full below:


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