The new documentary "Whitney" features never-before-seen archival footage, exclusive recordings, rare performances, and interviews with the people who knew the superstar best!
“Extra’s” AJ Calloway sat down with Pat Houston, Houston's sister-in-law and former manager, who is the executive producer of the film, as well as with director Kevin Macdonald, who opened up about the bombshell revelations from the film.
Pat explained that the movie is something Whitney would have wanted, saying, “It was Whitney’s idea in 1998, 1999… I don’t like to do anything that she didn’t want me to do… For two years we've been working on this, but thinking about it for the past six years.”
Whitney’s past is on full display, including the news that she was allegedly abused as a child by her cousin Dee Dee Warwick. Pat commented, “That molestation mirrors a lot of families and people just don't talk about that… I'm hoping people can learn something from her life that can help them… That silent suffering is something that could cause your demise…”
Kevin argued that the abuse really was her demise, sharing, “When you hear in the movie the impact that that had on her, it makes you understand in a way that you couldn’t otherwise so many things about her life, her choice in partners, her determination to make her marriage succeed, her inability to quit drugs.”
Many have been blaming her husband Bobby Brown for her drug addiction, but the movie made it clear that it started way before she met Bobby. Her brothers, Gary and Michael, who gave her drugs when she was 16, were both interviewed for the doc. Pat said, “It was just a recreational thing, no one probably had any idea that it would spin off like this.”
Rumors spun for years that Whitney was gay and in long-term relationship with her best friend and assistant Robyn, who is openly gay. Pat shared, “I think people want to hear that she was gay… She said that she wasn't. So if she's says she's not, who are we to say that she is?”
She pointed out, “In seeing Robyn and Whitney, they just seemed like the best of friends.”
Whitney's bond with Robyn caused a rift in Whitney’s marriage with Bobby, who was also interviewed for the movie. Kevin said, “He's so defensive. It's a contrast with everybody else who speaks in the film and is very open. But Bobby isn't ready to talk like that.”
Robyn was also not ready — she declined to participate.
Pat revealed why she believes things came to a tragic end for Whitney, emphasizing, “All she ever wanted to do was sing and live her life. And not to be judged.”
“Whitney” is in theaters July 6.