Whitney Houston Documentary Shocks Audience at Cannes With Child Abuse Revelation


Whitney, directed by Scottish filmmaker Kevin Macdonald alleges Houston's cousin, the soul singer Dee Dee Warwick, abused her, in line with studies. "She used to say, 'I wonder if I did something to make her think I wanted her, '" recalls Jones.

Tom Grierson, writing in Screen Daily, wrote: "Whitney is strongest when it connects Houston to the larger history of Black America, illustrating how this glamorous performer grew up in poverty and never entirely escaped the obligation of helping to pull up her underprivileged family members". "If Cissy had known, she would have done something about it, because Cissy loves her children'". But in 2012, Houston died in a bathtub after struggling for years with substance abuse. Dee Dee died four years before Houston, in 2008.

In a film about the legendary American singer includes not only rare footage, archival photos, and never seen the light of composition, but also interviews with those close to the stars, through which fans of the singer will be able to learn some details of her childhood (and quite shocking). All of the things we're familiar with are there, from Houston putting her talent on display to the tabloid fodder that was her marriage to Bobby Brown and the drug use that plagued her life.

"There was something about her discomfort in her own skin, something about the way she presents or hides herself, her lack of overt sexuality", Macdonald told the publication.

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"There were times when I would look up to God and I'd go, 'Why is this happening to me?'" Whitney says, referring to her fame. She seemed kind of asexual in a odd way. In the three minute clip, Macdonald promises to answer all the "questions you want asked", namely about Houston's relationships with Brown and her longtime friend and rumored lover, Robyn Crawford.

Unlike previous films about the pop icon, the documentary was made with the approval and participation of Houston's family. "She's this attractive woman but she's very closed in her demeanor". I said, 'One day when you get the nerve, you need to tell your mother. The first film being Nick Broomfield's Whitney: Can I Be Me released last fall.

Representatives for Dionne Warwick didn't immediately return messages today.