Clips and tidbits from the new Whitney Houston documentary have been leaking left and right leading up to its Thursday premiere at Cannes. While nothing gives me the jollies quite like Whit saying Paula Abdul “ain’t shit,” the latest round is nothing but sads, because it says a driving factor of Whitney’s problem was sexual abuse she endured early in life from Dee Dee Warwick, the sister of Dionne Warwick.
Page Six says Whit’s assistant Mary Jones is interviewed by Kevin MacDonald, the filmmaker of Whitney. Mary claims Dee Dee, who was 18 years older than Whitney, molested the singer at a young age. Whit’s brother, Gary Garland-Houston, also said he was molested between the ages of 7 and 9 by a female family member and that Whitney suffered too. Dee Dee died in 2008, ten years before we could go full-on Dionne on her ass and say, “Got your number, hussy” and drag her through the coals.
What’s even sadder is Mary claims the whole experience made Whitney question her sexuality for her whole life and was a factor in her drug abuse. The documentary also tackles the rumor of Whit’s relationship with Robyn Crawford, a longtime friend and confidant. We all know how Whitney died in 2012, amid an expected comeback the night before the Grammys. Even though her cause of death was ruled as an accidental drowning, drug use and heart disease contributed as well. Whitney producer Simon Chinn hopes the Dee Dee bombshell puts things into context:
“We always wanted our film to be a corrective to that tabloid story. These are specific revelations that I think will get people to a deeper understanding of who Whitney was and in many ways redeem her as a person.”
The documentary suggests Whitney was abused while she was left at home while her mother, gospel singer Cissy Houston, was out on tour. It’s implied this is why Whitney insisted daughter Bobbi Kristina Brown come along with her when she was on tour. I wish I had a funny thing to make after dark shit like that, but eh… Y’know what’ll make us feel better? A baby goat! Enjoy: