HollywoodLife.com consulted with leading family therapist, Dr. Phil Dembo, who explained why Bobbi Kristina Brown’s romantic relationship with Whitney Houston’s ‘adopted’ son, Nick Gordon, is ‘understandable,’ but ‘unhealthy’
HollywoodLife.com exclusively broke the shocking news that Whitney Houston‘s daughter, Bobbi Kristina Brown, was lip kissing her “adopted” 22-year-old brother, Nicholas Gordon in Georgia March 9, which led to a revelation that the pair are deeply involved in a romantic relationship and have been for several months. However, family therapist Dr. Phil Dembo tells us this dynamic between the two — who have grown up in the same house for the past 10 years — is not acceptable, even if it is understandable.
“Bobbi Kristina dating her ‘adopted’ brother may seem very unhealthy and it is,” he explains. “Whether Nicholas is a biological brother, a step brother, a legally adopted brother, or someone being raised as her brother, there are boundaries necessary for healthy development and growth of each of these young people. It certainly has the feel of an incestuous dynamic.”
Whitney welcomed Nick into her home when he was a pre-teen and raised him as her own son, even though she never officially adopted him. Bobbi Kristina and Nick became so close, they even referred to each other as “brother” and “sister.” However, in recent months the couple even tweeted about sleeping with each other and waking up early to one another — stuff that shocked us, but Dr. Dembo says is understandable, given the situation.
“It isn’t surprising though that Bobbi Kristina would reach out to someone she is comfortable with, someone in her inner circle given the death of her mother,” he says. “There are not many young men out there to date that would understand the depth of what she is going through, given the lifestyle she has led, the family she comes from, the closeness to her mother, and the hard painful times with her mother’s addiction.”
He adds, “Nicholas would be a trusted friend and someone who would ‘get it.’ Healthy? No! Understandable? Perhaps.”
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Reporting by Sandra Clark
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