Though the possessor of an otherworldly voice, the parts of Houston's life not covered in the glitz of the stage are shown in measure; this is not limited to the scandals that surrounded her but reaches her everyday humanity. "It made her question her sexual preference", she said.
Director Kevin Macdonald said in an interview with Vanity Fair that the accusation first came to his attention when Whitney's brother, Gary, said on-camera that he attributes his addiction issues to "being molested by a female family member". But in 2012, Houston died in a bathtub after struggling for years with substance abuse. Two of her close relatives revealed that her abuser was musician Dee Dee Warwick, who died in 2008.
"Whitney" debuted at the Cannes Film Festival and unearthed the bombshell detail about the late singer.
Scottish filmmaker Kevin MacDonald's upcoming documentary is Whitney, exploring the lift and death of Whitney Houston.
Macdonald suspected that there was "something wrong" with Houston after watching footage of her past interviews in preparation for the film project, he said. In the documentary called simply Whitney, the creators claim that Whitney's cousin and singer Dee Dee Warwick sexually abused her when she was little.
Whitney Houston as a toddler in New Jersey, the place she grew upRex OptionsIt's claimed the late Dee Dee Warwick sexually abused WhitneyThis content material is topic to copyright. "There was something very disturbed about her, because she was never comfortable in her own skin", he told the publication.
"I thought that was a very unusual thing, and it kind of reminded me of people I'd seen who had suffered from abuse, just in their body language and their sense of holding something back". "She's this lovely woman but she's very closed in her demeanor". And I thought that was interesting.
The Whitney Houston documentary, Whitney, won't hit screens until July 6, but judging from the hot-off-the-press trailer, it will be worth the wait.
Sarah Rodman provided additional reporting for this story.