''Krissy'' shares her sadness — and strength — with Oprah Winfrey

By Melissa Maerz
March 16, 2012 at 04:00 AM EDT

Speaking out for the first time since Whitney Houston‘s sudden passing in February at age 48, her daughter, Bobbi Kristina Brown, appeared on Oprah’s Next Chapter to talk about life without her mom. On March 11, Brown — who was briefly hospitalized for stress and anxiety following the death — told Winfrey that she’s doing ”as good as I possibly can” and claimed that Houston’s spirit still visits her, turning the lights on and off to show that she’s still there. ”I can hear her voice telling me to keep moving, baby, I gotcha,” said the 19-year-old, who joined Houston’s brother Gary and her sister-in-law/manager Patricia on the 90-minute OWN special. ”She’s always with me.” Brown (who, according to TMZ, is reportedly considering changing her name to Kristina Houston, to distance herself from her troubled dad, Bobby Brown) also revealed that she plans to follow in her mother’s footsteps. Last year, she recorded herself performing Adele’s ”Someone Like You” and posted it on YouTube, and she’s reportedly searching for a record deal. ”I have to carry on the legacy,” she told Winfrey. ”We’re gonna do the singing thing. Some acting, some dancing.”