Whitney Houston's gospel singer mother Cissy has signed a multi-million dollar deal with publishers HarperCollins, to write with "candor, honesty and respect" about her daughter's life.
78-year-old Cissy hasn't been one to speak publicly about her daughter but is said to be determined to set the record straight about the circumstances surrounding the star's tragic death in February.
The memoir is scheduled for publication in February 2013, to coincide with the one-year anniversary of the singer's death, and will help "fans around the world understand the complexities of this extraordinary star who died much too soon."
In a statement, Cissy explained how by finally speaking up, she hoped to provide a deeper understanding of her daughter's life.
"When I lost my daughter Nippy, the world lost one of the most beautiful voices and an extraordinarily beautiful and charitable woman," Cissy said.
"In sharing our story in this book, I hope to give her fans something to treasure, the way we all treasured Whitney."
A percentage of the proceeds from the book will go to the New Hope Baptist Church in Newark, New Jersey where Whitney sang in the choir as a child and where her funeral was held.
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