*According to one Hollywood tea spiller, “if there is a secret or rumor or anything” Whitney Houston’s former manager, Pat Houston, ever heard about the late singer, she made sure to include it in the “Whitney” documentary that’s currently playing in theaters.
“She wants to bring the whole family down and doesn’t care who it hurts or if it is true as long as she makes a buck,” the insider noted.
This may explain why Houston’s mother, Cissy Houston, was oblivious to the alleged sexual abuse of her pop icon daughter and son, Gary Garland-Houston, until the filming of the newest documentary on the singer’s life.
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Patricia Houston on telling Cissy Houston not only that there were abuse allegations, but they would be in the film: “It was deeply a revelation for her. You think about her, and it being a bit overbearing for her to hear — and her kids not telling her” https://t.co/VYnfTsRX2x
— Hollywood Reporter (@THR) July 5, 2018
According to The New York Times, Pat Houston, Gary’s wife and executive producer of the film, had to reveal news about the molestation claims to Cissy and that they would be discussed in the movie.
“It was deeply a revelation for her. You think about her, and it being a bit overbearing for her to hear — and her kids not telling her. That’s pretty tough to have to deal with,” she told the newspaper.
The alleged abuser was Dee Dee Warwick, Cissy’s niece and the sister of Dionne Warwick. She was 18 years older than Whitney and reportedly molested the children between the ages of 7 and 9, while their mother was on tour. She died in 2008, four years before Whitney’s death, per ebony.com.
The abuse seems to be secret the siblings did not want to share.
Director Kevin MacDonald said he was not made aware of the allegations until close to the end of making the doc.
“I was just coming to the end of the edit,” Macdonald told the New York Post. “We had worked on it for about 18 months, and then we heard this bombshell, which redefined the whole thing.”
He also believed that the molestation had much to do with the Grammy-winning singer’s drug use.
“I don’t think you can explain anyone’s life from one particular event that’s happened to them. But I think that it’s certainly fair to say that it’s maybe, in my opinion, the major contributor to Whitney’s unhappiness,” MacDonald said. “That and the fact that she never talked about it, and that nobody in the family talked about this and clearly it happened as you’d learned in the film.”
“Whitney” is in theaters now.
In related news, on July 10, BET debuted a 3-part original documentary called “Vixen,” which tells the story of former video models Melyssa Ford, Buffie the Body, Karrine Steffans and more.
The OG video vixens dish on how appearing in the music videos of some of the industry’s biggest players attributed to their lifestyle. They also discuss the shift in hip-hop as a result of declining physical album sales, music piracy, and budget cuts.
Watch the preview via the clip below.