Filmmaker Kevin MacDonald shares never-before-seen footage, and rare performances and interviews with the ones closest to the late singer. The documentary stars Bobby Brown, Sissy Houston, Gary Garland and Mary Jones.
Whitney Houston’s longtime manager and sister-in-law, Pat Houston, has opened up about the upcoming documentary on Whitney’s life. According to The Jasmine Brand, Pat spoke of the people included in the documentary, saying, “People who have dealt with her emotions from the day she was born to the day she died. People that really knew her and had to live what she lived.”
When asked if she thought this was the story Whitney wanted, Pat said, “Everyone that has a life has a story. It’s her story, and its played out in the documentary. She narrated a lot of it herself. It’s just her life as the family and friends who dealt with her every single day.”
Pat also denied reports that Whitney and her mother, Sissy Houston, were not close. She said, “A lot theories about her and her mother not being close are just absolutely false. She wore her mother’s Fendi slippers all the time. She had a purse that had her mother’s scarf on her bag. And that Bible; Whitney has traveled all over the world, and have had homes in Florida, New Jersey, California, but she still had her mother’s Bible. It was signed 1987 and her mother stated in there ‘Take God with you everywhere you go.’ She really respected her mother.”
On if Whitney’s family was the reason for her downfall, Pat said, “When Whitney became who she became: a superstar and an icon. Whitney wanted her family there. Everybody else to her was a stranger. Everybody had to be hired, her family didn’t. They were going to be there regardless. I can honestly [say] we can enable certain times with certain things. She was a brat sometimes. For me, I called her my bratty little sister. And sometimes family is there for a different type of support than people that work around you.”
- She also denied that Whitney’s family let her down, saying, “That is not true. Her family has always been there for her. I know that because I’ve been around nearly 30 years. For anything that was happening or going on, I would always go to the boss and that was her mom. She would support anything we needed to do. There were lots of struggles, but when you have strength like that – coming from Cissy [Houston] – she has such a strong foundation in God, and she taught that to her kids.”
- Whitney is scheduled to hit theaters on July 6th.