Chaka Khan on Bobbi Kristina Brown: ‘I Just Need to Pray’

Photo Credit: Soul Train
Photo Credit: Soul Train

Whitney’s daughter, Bobbi Kristina Brown, 22, has been on life support in a coma for two months after being found face down in a bath

Chaka Khan takes a pause, then, at a volume barely above a whisper, says: “I can’t say I was shocked… But I was definitely hurt, disappointed.”

The big-voiced, big-haired, larger-than-life disco diva is feeling very raw.

It’s not the gloss of showbiz sympathy in her voice, it’s a very real pain.

The cause is her late friend Whitney Houston’s daughter Bobbi Kristina, who’s been on life support in a coma for two months after being found face down in a bath – a chilling echo of her mum’s death at a Beverly Hills hotel three years ago.

Chaka has known Bobbi Kristina, 22, since she was born and has been a close friend of Whitney, her ex-husband Bobby Brown and her mum Cissy for decades.

She even let Whitney cover her own hit song I’m Every Woman.

Like Whitney, Chaka has fought drug addiction and has seen her family suffer the same fate – explaining why her first reaction to police finding drugs at Bobbi Kristina’s home was one of being let down.

“I’ve been in conversation with the family,” Chaka says.

“Everyone’s devastated, everyone. I love Bobbi Kristina, I love Whitney, I love Bobby Brown. I love Cissy – I love them all.

“But we just have to wait for what happens next. All I want to do is be there for them. I just need to pray.”

Chaka, 62, was among the mourners at Whitney’s funeral after she died in 2012, aged 48, and she knows how her close friend would feel about the tragic situation.

“Whitney would be devastated. I wish she was here,” says Chaka, quietly.

“You really don’t know what this is like for a mother until it happens to you.

“I think I’m pretty close to feeling what she would have felt and what she’s feeling right now, wherever she is.”

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Jessica Boulton

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