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Updated: November 26, 2012 7:14AM
In case anyone doubted the tension running through Whitney Houston’s surviving family members — or at least the ones participating in “The Houstons: On Our Own” — it was well showcased Wednesday night in the first episode of the Lifetime reality show.
As viewers saw, Whitney’s mother Cissy Houston, as well as Cissy’s son and daughter-in-law Gary and Pat Houston (Whitney’s executor) are deeply concerned about Bobbi Kristina Brown’s obsession with now-fiance Nick Gordon.
I’ve learned a large number of Bobbi Kristina’s other relatives are worried about that relationship and think Gordon is not the right guy for Whitney’s only child. While Gordon frequently has been identified as Whitney’s adopted son, he made it very clear on the show that he was never legally adopted and was merely the superstar diva’s godson — who came to live with her and Bobbi Kristina (his close school friend) after his biological mother threw him out and cut him out of her life during his high school years.
That issue aside, several Houston family insiders stress their feeling that — despite the lack of any biological connection — the couple’s plans to marry seem “a bit unnatural,” as one source put it, “considering how they lived pretty much like a brother and sister for so many years.”
† While Bobbi Kristina has been rumored in recent days to be pregnant by Gordon, family sources could not confirm that. One usually reliable source strongly dissed the story as “yet another online rumor that can be created out of nothing.”
† Meanwhile, Bobbi Kristina’s father, Bobby Brown, is being urged to return to rehab after his second DUI arrest this year. The singer was arrested early Wednesday in Tarzana, Calif. After being booked and released on a $25,000 bail, Brown was given a court date of Nov. 16.
As part of a plea bargain from his March 26 DUI arrest, Brown went to a 90-day alcohol education program and checked himself into rehab, but he left after three weeks. A longtime Brown buddy told me Wednesday. “This is nearing the end of the line. Bobby has to get himself totally clean and sober or else he’s not going to make it.”
TAKE A BOW: The honors for Stella Foster keep on coming. The retired Sun-Times columnist will be honored with a lifetime achievement award at the Chicago Defender’s Newsmakers Gala Nov. 3 at the Hyatt Regency Chicago.
† To survive just a few years in the retail biz is tough, but to make it to a quarter-century is a true accomplishment. So big kudos to Peggy Wolf and her team on the 25th anniversary of their unique Chiaroscuro gift boutique at Water Tower Place.
SEEN ON THE SCENE: “Star Wars” guru George Lucas was spotted lunching at Foodlife at Water Tower Place — noshing on mac ’n’ cheese and pot roast at the aptly named “Comfort Kitchen” food station. … To celebrate the Bears’ win over the Lions on “Monday Night Football,” left tackle J’Marcus Webb walked up to Harry Caray’s on Kinzie, where he was immediately swamped by fans asking for autographs and posing for photos. … Chicago Bears on hand to support teammate Brandon Marshall’s foundation — Project Borderline — at the “Bowling for Borderline” fund-raiser Tuesday at Lucky Strike were Johnny Knox, Devin Hester, Israel Idonije, Jay Cutler and Brian Urlacher, plus former Bears Dan Hampton, Jerry Azuma and Gayle Sayers. The event supports the fight against borderline personality disorder, which Marshall has faced and conquered. … Drew Carey — here to do “Wait, Wait, Don’t Tell Me” — stopped by iO Theater to surprise improv queen Charna Halpern. The comic and “Price Is Right” host also was seen dining at the hot Lakeview eatery Wood. ... The Cubs’ Ryan Dempster slipped into Joe’s Stone Crab with his family and some friends. … David Eigenberg, who played Steve on “Sex and the City” and now co-stars on “Chicago Fire” — caught “Monday Night Football” over dinner at Jake Melnick’s Corner Tap.
Bill Zwecker reports on “Good Day Chicago” and “Fox Chicago News at 9” on WFLD-Channel 32.