By Jessica Bennett, ebony.com
Gospel singer Cissy Houston is battling dementia, according to sources close to the Grammy winner.
“She’s in the early stages of dementia,” a source told Radar. “She repeats herself a lot and doesn’t remember what she says. She just says she’s getting old.”
This follows reports that the 84-year-old family matriarch had no idea that daughter, Whitney Houston, and son Gary Houston were molested as children by their cousin, Dee Dee Warwick, sister of singer Dionne Warwick. Gary shared the secret for the first time in the documentary Whitney.
“The family is already fractured enough,” said the source, “but she has had enough clarity to know what’s going on with these claims and is very upset.”