New Whitney Trailer Takes You Beyond the Headlines


Whitney Houston's eternal impact on culture continues to shine in the new, full-length trailer for the upcoming documentary about her life.

The film will also highlight Houston's relationship with her mother who was admittedly tough on her superstar daughter.

The doc is an "intimate, unflinching portrait of Houston and her family that probes beyond familiar tabloid headlines and sheds new light on the spellbinding trajectory of Houston " s life.

Whitney Houston apparently wasn't a fan of fellow diva Paula Abdul back in the day. "He wanted to be in the forefront, and eventually she stepped down to lift him up". "Whitney" includes appearances from her mother Cissy Houston, her ex-husband Bobby Brown, music executive Clive Davis, and even her "Bodyguard" co-star Kevin Costner. "Paula Abdul ain't shit", she says of the choreographer turned recording artist. "That girls is signing off-key on the record".

"I never knew there was any addiction", Reid says, despite the longstanding stories about both Brown and Houston's struggle with drug abuse.

And, of course, Houston's own voice - specifically, her memorable 1991 performance of "The Star-Spangled Banner" at Super Bowl XXV - is showcased in the trailer.

"Then I (interviewed) Mary Jones, who was Whitney's longtime assistant. and she told me Whitney's point of view on this, and what Whitney had told her in detail, and how important she felt it was for understanding Whitney, but how scared everyone was to talk about it".

"There were times when I looked up to God and I'd go, 'Why is this happening to me?'" Houston says in one scene, reflecting on her rise to celebrity and its downfalls. Not necessarily in public, but I don't think that was a secret within the music industry. "And then Nicole sent me this article about Whitney's rendition of the 'Star Spangled Banner" and how that changed how the song has been understood and sung ever since" he explained.

Get all your Whitney-related questions answered when the film hits theaters July 6.