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Her talented family (*) encouraged her to develop her natural ability as a singer, and they also provided the security and support she needed to become an international star. That relationship has given her a famously unshakable self-confidence, which is very much a part of her personality.

(*) Her mother Cissy Houston is a talented Soul/R&B singer, her cousin is Dionne Warwick, her godmother is Aretha Franklin, and her brother Gary is also a professional singer, often performing with his sister on stage.