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Whitney Houston returns to the music scene after a six-year, self-imposed hiatus with the release of her comeback CD, "I Look to You." Now ET has a sneak peek at the revealing interview the multi-Grammy Award winner gives to Ebony.

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"I shed a lot of stuff, a lot of unnecessary weight in the last three or four years. I left a lot of old luggage behind, and when I did, the blessings just started pouring on me, and the light in my spirit started to lift again," she tells the magazine. "I'm really humbled, and I thank God that people love me, but I [really] thank God that God loves me. I thank Him for chastening my heart, for never letting go. What I did sometimes ... I went off and did my thing, but He never let me go."

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As for her decision to stay out of the public eye for the last six years, she says, "I was just ready to lay back and raise my daughter and just watch her grow and nurture her. And my mother's getting older. I wanted to spend more time with my mom [because during] most of my 20s and 30s, [I] was dealing with making records and traveling the world and being this thing -- icon, you know -- whatever this has turned into."

Whitney says the time away has been good for her and 16-year-old Bobbi Kristina, her daughter with Bobby Brown.

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"She and I are not only mother and daughter, but we're good friends. I want her to trust me, to be able to trust in me, to know that I'm not going nowhere. If she knows that I'm there for her, she can depend on me. I'm the dependable one; she can depend on her mommy."

The October issue of Ebony featuring Whitney Houston will be on newsstands on Sept. 8.

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