Whitney Houston was sexually abused as a child by her cousin, her family have claimed in a new documentary.
In a never-before-seen clip of Houston, the entertainer throws serious shade at choreographer-turned-singer Paula Abdul.
In the first teaser trailer released in April Houston's mother, Cissy Houston, says, "You have three places to sing from: heart, mind, guts". "Paula Abdul ain't s-", she says in what appears to be a home video. "That girl is singing off key on the record". Another adds: "His heart was, he wanted to be on the stage". Macdonald has considerably more access to Houston's family and friends than other documentarians have had, but some topics are clearly still hard for them to discuss: While on camera, ex-husband Bobby Brown refuses to talk about Houston's late-in-life drug problems, and though the singer's friends confirm that she was romantically involved with her assistant Robyn Crawford, Houston's family members so loathe Crawford that they only will call her an evil opportunist. "He wanted to be in the forefront, and eventually she stepped down to lift him up".
"There were times when I looked up to God and I'd go, 'Why is this happening to me?'" the singer says in one scene, seemingly pondering her rise to superstardom and the downfalls of fame.
"Then I (interviewed) Mary Jones, who was Whitney's longtime assistant. and she told me Whitney's point of view on this, and what Whitney had told her in detail, and how important she felt it was for understanding Whitney, but how scared everyone was to talk about it". And I thought that was interesting.
If you need us before then, we'll be refining our "I Will Always Love You" rendition. You can check it out the Miramax and Roadside Attractions in theaters (in North America) starting July 6. Watch the trailer below!