Six years have passed since Whitney Houston left this world at 48 years old, but she is far from forgotten. The late musician is remembered in Kevin Macdonald's upcoming documentary, Whitney, which made its official premiere at the Cannes Film Festival earlier this morning. It is earning acclaim as a tribute and fine portrait of the chart-topping musical superstar who was tragically taken from us far too soon, but it also reportedly reveals some devastating discoveries about Whitney Houston's upbringing. As it is disclosed in the new film, according to early reports from audience members who saw it today during its much-anticipated debut, Whitney Houston was allegedly molested as a child by her cousin, Dee Dee Warnick.
This heartbreaking discovery is disclosed by friends and family members of Whitney Houston. According to Page Six, Whitney -- which was made in cooperation with the Houston family -- presents these allegations three-quarters into the new documentary, and that it gives the entire film a different perspective. Mary Jones, Houston's long-time assistant, claims the late singer told her this information before she passed away. Moreover, Jones believes this moment early in Whitney's life caused Houston to question her own sexuality, and it might've lead or contributed to Whitney's troubled history with drug abuse later in life. Additionally, Whitney Houston's brother, Gary Garland-Houston, also claims he was molested by a female member of the family, and he says his sister was abused too. Dee Dee Warnick, a fellow singer, passed away in 2008. She was 18 years older than Whitney, and Houston never spoke publicly about this alleged incident.
Producer Simon Chinn told Page Six that he believes it's important to reveal this information to the public through his film, and that the movie is crucial to understanding who Whitney Houston was as a person before she left us so soon.
Whitney Houston passed away in the Beverly Hills Hotel on February 11th, 2012. The cause of death was ruled to be an accidental drowning in a bathtub. Houston's history of heart disease and drug use were also ruled as contributing factors in her untimely demise. Houston is best known and remember for her iconic single "I Will Always Love You," which was featured prominently in her own film, The Bodyguard, from 1993. It is the fifth highest-selling single in world history. Whitney Houston was remembered by her daughter, Bobbi Kristina Brown, who also tragically passed away in 2015. She was also found unresponsive in a bath tub and died in a coma six months later.
Whitney is scheduled to enter theaters on July 7th. In addition to this summer documentary, Whitney Houston's life was immortalized in a 2015 Lifetime biopic, also called Whitney, which was directed by Angela Bassett -- Whitney Houston's co-star in 1995's popular adaptation of Waiting to Exhale -- in the actress's directorial debut.
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