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The Bobbi Kristina I Knew and Loved: A Tribute to Whitney's Girl

12/08/2015 13:42 BST | Updated 11/08/2016 10:59 BST

As the battle rages on for Bobbie Kristina's multimillion dollar estate left to her by her superstar mother Whitney Houston, and the family feuds intensify after the unsolved mystery of her tragic death aged just 22, I remember the girl at the centre of all this. The real Bobbi Kristina.

The Bobbi Kristina I knew and loved

The heartbreaking news that Bobbi Kristina had passed away in a way that was so similar to her mother Whitney was even more poignant to me as I had spent time in the company of this wonderful, bright young girl.

I was lucky enough to meet Bobbi on a few occasions - and saw what a rock she was to her mother Whitney when she was at her most vulnerable; Bobbi would provide her with that strength to go on and be her old self again. Bobbi was Whitney's 'reason for living', affectionately nicknamed 'Krissy' by her mum, and those closest to her, she was known for being incredibly polite, intelligent, well mannered and fun-loving too, and could raise a smile from Whitney with her funny anecdotes.

One of the occasions I met Bobbi was backstage at a Fashion Rocks event at London's Royal Albert Hall in 2007. It was billed as Whitney's big comeback and after all the hell she had been through, she was as nervous as ever walking backstage to her dressing room ahead of her appearance. But as she clung onto the hand of her beloved daughter, it was as if the life came rushing back to her, as they sang together, prayed together and just embraced each other. Bobbi was certainly the tonic Whitney needed, for after just an hour in her presence, Whitney was transformed back to her superstar diva status, looked phenomenal in a cream floorlength frock and captivated the audience including Kate Moss, Uma Thurman and Samuel L.Jackson with a dazzling performance as Bobbi watched on cheering from the wings.

Growing up, Bobbi was just like your average teen. She as obsessed with The X Factor, and adored Simon Cowell.

That's right, TV's Mr Nasty had a mega-fan in Whitney's young daughter, who ran backstage at the studio in Wembley to find Simon's dressing room, and giggled as she and a family friend took a cheeky snap outside the door with Simon's name emblazoned across it. 'She was so proud of her picture,' a close friend tells me afterwards, 'She loved Simon Cowell.' Whitney performed at the finals of The X Factor in 2009.

It was tragically Whitney's sudden death that Bobbi never recovered from, having to grieve so publicly made it doubly hard for her daughter who was the apple of her mother's eye.

Now her former boyfriend is being accused of giving her a "toxic cocktail" before her death. In a case filed by one of her estate's administrators, it's also claimed Nick Gordon put her face down in a bath, claims which Gordon's defense lawyer Jose Baez strenuously denies and calls 'Slanderous and meritless.'

The only child of singer Whitney Houston and singer Bobby Brown, Bobbi died on 26 July after being found unconscious at home in January.

Sadly Bobbi's passing reminds me of Peaches Geldof's shocking death - two young girls utterly crushed by their mother's deaths have died in similar ways to them.

Our thoughts are with Bobbi's family, especially her grandmother Cissy Houston, who must now grieve for her granddaughter as well as her daughter.

Rip Krissy.