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I never experienced that in any documentary before.
And I had to interview many more people, many more times than I ever have on anything else, in order to try and still get some bit of truth.”The family ultimately opened up to Macdonald, in part, he thinks, because Houston destroyed her reputation before she died. This film hopefully kind of forgives [Houston] for this extraordinary self-destruction and destruction of her daughter’s experience, and hopefully helps people understand her in a different [light].
He wanted to scrub off the sad, tabloid narrative that debased the singer’s reputation in her final, drug-addicted years, to show how one of the greatest vocal talents of the 20th century—a sweet girl from Newark, New Jersey—self-destructed and died in 2012 at the age of 48 under tragic circumstances. She was a beautiful woman, but she was never particularly sexy.
But after watching hundreds of hours of private Houston footage—taken at home, on tour, and backstage—Macdonald began to be haunted by a sad suspicion. I’ve seen and done some filming with people who have suffered childhood sexual abuse, and there was just something about her manner that was reminiscent to me of that sort of shrinking—a lack of comfort in her own physicality that felt, ” Macdonald wasn’t positive that his hunch was right—but “shortly after thinking that, someone did tell me off the record about being told by Whitney about being abused, and it being one of the central reasons behind her self-torture.
It took awhile for anyone to go on record about it, and eventually the family did.”The bombshell is dropped about three-quarters of the way through —that both Houston and her half-brother, Gary, were allegedly molested as children by their cousin Dee Dee Warwick, the sister of Dionne Warwick and the niece of Houston’s mother, Cissy Houston, who died in 2008.
Dee Dee and Dionne performed together as the Gospelaires in the 1950s and 1960s, sometimes singing with Cissy’s gospel group, the Drinkard Singers.
“He was trying to impress her, but she was a bigger star than he was. Cobb said that even though Houston and Cunningham didn’t date for long, she was around the team quite a bit at the time.
’ She says, ‘No.’ I said, ‘Well, maybe you need to tell her.’ She said, ‘No, my mother would hurt somebody if I told her who it was.’ She just had tears rolling down her face, and I just hugged her. It makes me angry.” Houston also made a point to bring her daughter, Bobbi Kristina, on all of her international tours, rather than leave her daughter at home. But very much myself and everyone else, we all don’t want her to suffer by the actions of her family. We definitely don’t want any repercussions for her.”Macdonald had not been particularly interested in making a documentary about Houston until speaking to Houston’s agent Nicole David, who represented Houston from 1986 until Houston died in 2012.“She knew Whitney probably better than anybody outside of her family. Her interviews are almost entirely her avoiding the subject.
I said, ‘One day when you get the nerve, you need to tell your mother. She also urged Jones to bring her daughter along with them on trips. she used to say, ‘I wonder if I did something to make [Dee Dee] think I wanted her.’ I said, ‘Stop. Any negative feelings toward her would be completely wrong. And she said to me, ‘The thing is, I loved her so much, but I still don’t understand why what happened happened to her family.’ That was the key for me. All you have is the purity of her voice, and the beauty of her voice, and the emotion transmitted by the voice in a nonverbal way.
It will lift the burden off you.’”Houston never spoke publicly about the alleged abuse—but, as Macdonald uncovers, she did drop clues about it. Asked why Houston never told her mother about the alleged abuse, Jones says, “I think she was ashamed . A predator is a predator is a predator.’ If Cissy had known, she would have done something about it, because Cissy loves her children.’”Macdonald said that Cissy Houston has been informed that the accusation is made in the documentary: “Cissy knows. I think she will watch the film at some stage, but it’s obviously up to her when she wants to do that.”Macdonald also said that Pat Houston—Whitney’s former sister-in-law, manager, and estate executor, who is interviewed in the film—has told Dionne Warwick about the allegations.“She has been informed. Because, I thought, that’s so interesting she had such devotion and love for this woman, yet she never felt like she understood her. One of the biggest puzzles, for me, were those final years of her life.
My mother and father were gone a lot, so we stayed with a lot of different people . “She talks about what Whitney felt and what effect it had on her.
So we changed the whole cut at the very last minute.