Whitney Houston appeared on Oprah on Monday to talk about her long fall from the top of the music world, her battle with drug addiction and her abusive relationship with ex-husband Bobby Brown. In an interview with Oprah Winfrey scheduled to air on Monday, Whitney Houston opened up about her torrid 14-year marriage with ex-husband Bobby Brown and the abuse she suffered at his hands.

Whitney Houston on Oprah

“He spit on me, in my face,” Houston told Oprah. The abuse didn’t all come from Bobby Brown’s side, however. Houston said Brown “got hit on the head three times by me” after slapping her once.

Houston credits her mother, Cissy Houston, with finally saving her from the spiral of abuse and drug addiction in her relationship with Bobby Brown. “[She] said, ‘I’m not losing you to the world. I’m not losing you to Satan. … I want my daughter back.'” Houston says her mother and family staged an intervention to get her away from Brown and put her on the path to recovery.

Oprah talked about the interview with Whitney Houston on Access Hollywood, saying the interview will “leave you gasping.”

Whitney Houston’s appearance on the season premiere of Oprah marks the first time in seven years the music superstar has sat down for an interview. Part one of the Whitney Houston interview airs on Oprah on Monday and continues on Tuesday.

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