‘Chicago Med’
Yaya DaCosta Still Mourning Bobbi Kristina Brown

"I know what it is to lose a close family member"


Yaya DaCosta as April Sexton on 'Chicago Med'

Yaya DaCosta is still mourning the death of Bobbi Kristina Brown.

“I tend to almost pretend that it didn’t happen,” the CHICAGO MED star confides.

Yaya, 32, famously portrayed Brown’s mother — the late Whitney Houston — in a controversial Lifetime biopic earlier this year.

Brown — who made headlines tweeting that she wanted to play the role — was found unresponsive in a bathtub at her Georgia home less than two weeks after the film aired.

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“It is a very, very difficult thing to speak on,” the actress tells TheTVPage.com.

“I tend to refrain.  It is too recent.  It is too sensitive. As grateful as I am for having had that experience, I am also very human.  And I know what it is to lose a close family member.”

[Yaya’s older brother recently passed away.]

WHITNEY “is not something that gets to be celebrated in the way that it would have, had this unfortunate thing not happened to her beautiful daughter,” the star says.

“I just feel for the family and my heart goes out to her.  It is something that definitely…. Every time someone comes up to me and says, ‘Great job in WHITNEY,’ I want to cry.  It is such a conflict.”

“I just want to give t[the family] the space to grieve in the most peaceful way possible.  I can’t even begin to express how sad I am about the whole thing.

Yay tells me she remains grateful for the to delve into the story of Whitney Houston and Bobby Brown.

“Whitney was such a super human as an artist, as a woman and delving into her life, gave me a little more insight into my own as an artist and a little bit more confidence in the work I do going forward,” she says.

“So I am eternally grateful for that.  But again, [Bobbi Kristina’s passing] is something that I don’t really speak about anymore just because it is so sad.”

Yaya — a runner up on season two of AMERICA’S NEXT TOP MODEL — is excited to join the cast of Dick Wolf’s new medical drama this fall.

The spinoff of CHICAGO FIRE is billed by NBC as  “an emotional thrill ride through the day-to-day chaos of the city’s most explosive hospital and the courageous team of doctors who hold it together.”

Yaya plays nurse April Sexton, a childhood friend of firefighter Kelly Severed (Taylor Kinney).

“When people ask me about April, they are shocked that she is not a doctor,” the actress says.

She was on her way to becoming a doctor but she kind of got tired of being in school.  But she is still young.  There is nothing saying that she is not going to move on up the ladder.  But she loves her job.  She loved the position that she is in.  She is more educated than a lot of the other nurses, which is why doctors turn to her for that extra assistance.  Why they trust her to handle something while she is not in the room.  She is the go-to nurse.”

CHICAGO MED premieres November 17 on NBC.

Sean Daly

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