Alexis: Don't compare me to Whitney
Alexis Houston may be RnB diva Whitney's half sister, but she wants to be seen as her own person.
The 27-year-old singer, who shares the strong voice, striking hair and statuesque figure of her famous sibling, says she would prefer to play down her family connections as she tours the UK for her debut album Speak Love/Life Lessons.
"I never really talk about Whitney, and I am a private and shy person. It's a double-edged sword," she said.
"It opens doors but then you get painted with the same brush. I've been accused of riding on coattails and using my family connections, so I just want to be my own person."
Alexis, who has performances around the country until September 24, admitted she isn't close to Whitney, who shares the same father.
"We are not at all close," she revealed.
"I haven't directly been given advice by Whitney, but she continues to leave a legacy that is so big, profound and illustrious. I've been left to my own devices. We share a lot of things in common, but we're on different courses."
:: Speak Love/Life Lessons is available to download now.