Uncovering The Truth About Whitney Houston – Director Kevin Macdonald Interview
For much of her young life, Whitney Houston was famous for her voice, one of the most glorious in pop music—immortalized in massive ’80s hits like “I Want To Dance With Somebody” and “I Will Always Love You.”
But with her marriage to Bobby Brown in 1992 came a steep decline. Now she was better known for their train wreck of a relationship and an intractable drug addiction that eventually led to her death: At 48, she accidentally drowned in a hotel bathtub.
Scottish director Kevin Macdonald hopes to restore Houston’s reputation with his new documentaryWhitney: “A serious film,” he says, “about somebody people don’t take seriously.” Macdonald pieced the singer’s rise and fall through family interviews and archival footage, with one startling allegation uncovered weeks before he finished: Houston’s brother, Gary, and her assistant, Mary Jones, claim that, as a child, she was sexually abused by her cousin, Dee Dee Warwick, the late sister of soul singer Dionne Warwick. “It’s not the one thing that explains Whitney—it’s not one thing that explains anyone—but an awful lot of pieces of her psychology fall into place when you learn that,” says Macdonald, who spoke to Newsweek about Houston’s harrowing secret.
To mark the release of documentary Whitney, HeyUGuy’s interviewed the film’s director Kevin Macdonald on his own initial relationship with the singer, and how that changed across the course of this moving piece of cinema. He discusses why he felt she stood very little chance in life, and that he felt as though he was presenting a true crime series, almost like a detective hunting for the truth.
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More about the Director’s take at: Newsweek.com