Whitney Houston’s secret “son” will get a share of her Â£20 million fortune, according to family sources.The pop superstar took Nick Gordon, 22, into her home in Atlanta, Georgia, as a youngster to save him from his own troubled background.
Though she never adopted him formally, he called her “Mum” and was treated like her own by caring Houston, who died at 48 earlier this month. He also became a “brother” to the singer’s 18-year-old daughter Bobbi Kristina and featured in family photos.
Although Houston struggled for cash later in life as she battled debt and drug problems, she is still believed to have left an estate of around Â£20 million, which has grown by increased record sales following her death.
Now Gordon is set to get a share, according to media reports.
A source close to the family in Atlanta said: “Nick was family, she loved him as much as any mother could love a child.
“If he is not written into her will and everything goes to Bobbi then it will only be because it was written before she took Nick into her family.
“If that’s the case, Bobbi will make sure Nick is taken care of because it’s what her mum would have wanted and he’s like a brother.”
But Gordon has had his problems too. In 2011, he was charged with gun possession in Roswell, Georgia, after a night out with his sister.
He was accused of trying to stop a fight between Bobbi and her ex-boyfriend by pulling the gun.
The same night Bobbi was arrested for possession of alcohol while a minor.
But Houston stood by her “son”.
The superstar was found in her hotel bathtub on the eve of the Grammy Awards earlier this month. Later, Gordon tweeted: “Rest in peace. Thank you for all your support. The legend will always and forever live on.”