"She's my baby," she said of her daughter during a candid interview with ET's Kevin Frazier.
"I had two boys before her and I never wanted boys," Cissy, 81, said with a laugh. "I love them. They know I love them. But I always wanted a daughter."
ET spoke with Whitney back in 1988 and the singer opened up about the bond between herself and her mother.
"She's like a little gas station, you know? When you need some strength, you go to mom and she fills you up," Whitney said. "She's the best."
"We were very close," Cissy said, after watching a clip from her daughter's old interview. "I loved her so much."
Cissy also shared her thoughts on what lead to her daughter's untimely passing, saying she "got caught up somewhere" and it lead her down a bad path.
"This business is really bad, you know what I'm saying?" she said. "But she did the best she could."
"My baby tried. She did. She just had the wrong partner, you know?" Cissy added, referring to Whitney's ex-husband Bobby Brown who had a notoriously tumultuous relationship with Whitney. "Whitney was a very soft and easy person... She was kind. She was free hearted. All of that, and sometimes people didn't treat her nice."