Bobbi Kristina Brown's death in July struck a painful blow to the 22-year-old's family, who is still coping with their loss.
Now, for the first time, Brown's aunt, Pat Houston, sat down with Kevin Frazier on Monday's Entertainment Tonight to open up about the events that lead to Brown's hospitalization and how the family is recovering after her death.
As Whitney Houston's manager, confidante and sister-in-law, Pat was like a second mother to Bobbi Kristina, and she says she was planning an intervention before Bobbi Kristina was found unconscious in the bathtub at her home in Atlanta, Georgia.
"When we really found out that Krissy was in trouble, we were really making plans to do something about it," revealed Pat, who says she also wanted to send Bobbi Kristina to a rehab facility in California, "but it came too late."
In a statement to ET, Nick Gordon's lawyers slammed the lawsuit filed against their client, claiming it is both "slanderous and meritless."
"Nick has been heartbroken and destroyed over the loss of his love and it's shameful that such baseless allegations have been presented publicly," the statement reads. "Nick has engaged civil counsel and intends to defend the lawsuit vigorously and expose it for what it is: a fictitious assault against the person who loved Krissy most."
See photos of Bobbi Kristina through the years:
Bobbi Kristina Through the Years
EXCLUSIVE: Pat Houston opens up for the first time about Bobbi Kristina Brown's death
Bobbi Kristina, then 1 years old, was the apple of Whitney Houston and Bobby Brown's eye at an awards show. (Photo by Ron Wolfson/The LIFE Images Collection/Getty Images)
Bobby Brown, proudly carried his adorable 1-year-old baby down the red carpet at the Soul Train Awards in 1994. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Whitney Houston and Bobby Brown were all smiles as they carried their baby girl to Bobby's 25th Birthday Party on February 4, 1994 at Tavern on the Green in New York City. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Just mama and baby! Whitney whisked her tiny tot through LAX airport during a 1995 outing. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
The family hits the town! Bobby and Whitney head to New York City with Bobbi Kristina in 1995. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Like mother like daughter. Whitney and Bobbi Kristina dressed in identical white suits for the New York City premiere of Whitney's film,"The Preacher's Wife" in 1996.
(Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Everybody's matching! The family color-coordinated their black and white ensembles to attend the Fourth Annual International Achievement in Arts Awards in 1998 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
She's mommy's girl. Whitney Houston brought her daughter up on stage during a concert in 1999 in New York City. (Photo by L. Busacca/Larry Busacca/Wireimage)
Later during the same show, the entire family hit the stage. (Photo by L. Busacca/Larry Busacca/Wireimage)
The family got together for a promotional shot for their NBC show, "Being Bobby Brown." Bobbi Kristina posed on the right and held the family dog. (Photo by F. Scott Schafer/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
Whitney Houston leaned down to plant a big one on her baby girl during the 2001 BET Awards. (Photo by M. Caulfield/WireImage)
Bobby Brown, Whitney Houston, and Bobbi Kristina headed to the the VH-1 Divas 2002 - Show. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic)
Disney day! The whole family headed to the happiest place on earth ahead of the "The Priness Diaries 2: Royal Engagement" premiere. (Photo by Lee Celano/WireImage)
Bobbi Kristina and Whitney matched their outfits for the 2009 American Music Awards and looked happier than ever together. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/AMA2009/WireImage)
Talent runs in the family. Whitney brought Bobbi Kristina up on stage during a performance in 2009 to do a duet. Seems appeared to be on the upswing for the often troubled family.(Photo by Ben Hider/Getty Images)
The mother-daughter duo hit the 2011 Pre-GRAMMY Gala and Salute To Industry Icons in stunning black mini dresses. (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic)
Romance is in the air! Bobbi Kristina Brown hit 'The Houstons: On Our Own' series premiere party in 2012 with her "adopted brother" turned boyfriend, Nick Gordon. (Photo by Shareif Ziyadat/FilmMagic)
Following the death of her mother in February 2012, Nick Gordon and Bobbi Kristina Brown became closer than ever and cuddled up at the 'We Will Always Love You: A GRAMMY Salute to Whitney Houston' concert in October 2012. (Photo by Christopher Polk/WireImage)
In 2012, Bobbi Kristina appeared happy beside Nick Gordon. The duo got cozy at the "Sparkle" premiere. (Getty)
The happy couple reportedly became engaged in 2013 and were all smiles at an event ahead of the 2014 Grammy Awards. This was one of the last public photos taken of the pair before Bobbi Kristina was found unresponsive in a bathtub at her Georgia home on January 31, 2015. ( Photo by Tiffany Rose/WireImage)
Bobbi Kristina Brown attends the Los Angeles premiere of "Sparkle" at Grauman's Chinese Theatre on Thursday, Aug. 16, 2012, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)
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Pat always had her doubts and even filed a restraining order against Nick last year after he posted threats and photos of guns.
However, she admits that the restraining order didn't have the intended effect, because Bobbi Kristina "didn't understand it."
"Where the world saw that she was angry and mad at me, she was texting me all along," Pat said. "I really tried to show her [that] I'm going to do this to let you know that you don't have to be afraid of anything. I got you.'"
"External attraction can really cause problems," she added, referring to the romantic relationship between Bobbi Kristina and Nick.
Dealing with the loss of Bobbi Kristina has been especially hard because the family still hasn't come to grips with her mother Whitney's death in 2012. In 2013, Pat and the family revisited the hotel room where Whitney died, and Pat recalled the experience.
"When we went into the room it was just so peaceful and calm and the room was lit -- it was like it was candle lit. It was just very, very calming," Pat recounted. "I went into the bathroom and I placed the flowers at the tub and I just sat there and just was thinking, 'What happened? How did we get here?'"
Three months after Bobbi Kristina's death, Pat still has a lot she wishes she could tell her niece. She opened up to Kevin about what she would have told Bobbi Kristina if she had the opportunity to speak with her again.
"You have to love yourself," Pat said. "You have to call on people and not allow someone to divide you and then conquer you."
"I don't really judge when it comes to that, you know? It could be something that could be very healing for him," Pat said. "You really never know what a person is going through so if he feels that he wants to write, he'll do it. But the only thing is you have to be very truthful. If it's good or bad, you have to own it."