Houston�s daughter talks marriage to brother
Nick Gordon and Bobbi Kristina Brown. Picture: Christopher Polk/WireImage

Whitney Houston's daughter and her new husband have opened up about married life for the first time since announcing they had wed earlier this month.

Bobbi Kristina Brown and Nick Gordon sat down with US TV news show Extra for their first interview together as man and wife - and revealed that criticism about their romance only served to draw them closer.

Critics and family members did not like the idea of them marrying because they had grown up as brother and sister. Houston informally adopted Gordon when he was a child going through a tough time at home.

"(The criticism) put a fire in us..." Gordon said. "The critics can say whatever they want to say... It's like we have a force field and that s**t's just bouncing off off it."

But Gordon said their romance didn't blossom until after Houston's death in 2012.

"We were young," he said. "Krissy looked at me as an older brother, and I looked at her as a little sister and she (Houston) treated me like she gave birth to me. She treated me like a son. Excuse me for saying this, but she treated me better than my birth mother. I owe everything to her.

"She made me promise several times to look after Krissy... and, Mum, I will never ever, ever break that promise."

He added: "She wanted this. This is something she wanted to see."

The couple dismissed reports that the wedding news had caused a rift between Bobbi Kristina and her maternal grandmother, Cissy Houston. He said the veteran gospel singer gave the couple her blessing after initially urging her granddaughter not to rush into marriage.

"She told both of us that she loved us very, very, very much," Brown said.

"And Nick came up and he said, 'Grandma, I want to marry her. Is it OK? I need your blessing to do this. If I don't have your blessing, I won't feel right.' She looked at him and she smiled... very wide and said, 'Yes, son, you have my blessing'."

The new bride said she now had a good relationship with her father, Bobby Brown.

"We have a relationship. It's a good one right now. At a point in time, we didn't even have that..." she said.

"I love my father more than anything."

The West Australian

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