Whitney Houston‘s mother, Cissy, reportedly wants the late singer’s “secret” son, Nick Gordon, to move out their Atlanta home, but Gordon refuses to reveal the details of his relationship with the Houstons.
Soon after Whitney Houston’s death on Feb. 11, TMZ broke the news that Houston took Gordon, 22, in more than 10 years ago after his mother could no longer take care of him.
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Gordon grew so close to the family that he and Bobbi Kristina, 19, are known to refer to each other as “brother” and “sister,” according to a New York Daily News report.
But further TMZ reports claim that Cissy Houston considers Gordon to be a bad influence on her granddaughter and wants him to leave her alone.
After that story, Gordon addressed the issue via Twitter:
“Wow you can’t believe anything the media says. First time I heard any of this,” he wrote. “God always prevails.”
When ABC News reached Gordon by phone, however, he only said:
“Everything that me and her went through will go to the grave with me.”
If Twitter messages are any indication, Gordon and Bobbi Kristina seem to share a tight bond. On Dec. 26, she posted on her Twitter account a photo of Gordon wedged between her and Houston in the backseat of a car along with this message:
“Mom, @ndgordon (: & I on the way to the airport friday ! (: #NYCBABYYYYY <3 home home home.”
Since Bobbi Kristina has been deemed the sole beneficiary in her mother’s will, it seems that Cissy may be merely trying to protect her granddaughter. Gordon, who was not legally adopted by Houston, was not named in her will either.
Brett Johnson is a Brooklyn, N.Y.-based writer and the founder of the music and culture blog VeryArtistical.com.