Whitney Houston’s mother says allegations that her superstar daughter and her son were molested by her niece are “unfathomable.”
In a statement to People magazine on behalf of herself and sister singer Dionne Warwick, Cissy Houston revealed they first learned of the claims two days before the documentary Whitney premiered in May.
In the film, Whitney Houston’s longtime assistant said the singer told her that cousin Dee Dee Warwick molested her as a child and Whitney’s oldest brother also made the same claim.
In the statement, Cissy Houston says Dee Dee Warwick may have had her “personal challenges,” but the idea that she would have molested her children is “overwhelming and unfathomable.”
Dee Dee Warwick died in 2008. Whitney Houston died in 2012.
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It looks like Bobbi Kristina Brown and Nick Gordon may have called it quits. The couple, who announced their engagement on Lifetime’s The Houstons: On Our Own, took to Twitter to say they are no longer together. It is unclear how long Brown, 19, and her informally-adopted brother Gordon, 22, were romantically involved. But, their relationship made national headlines especially after her mother’s death and theirrumored engagement, which Brown’s aunt denied. Brown appeared to be telling her side of the breakup story through a series of tweets. “Who do I trust in this world? Pfft well that’s easy beezie, #Myself,” she tweeted. “That’s incredibly fine… Because you’d be missing out on a #REALperson,” she wrote with the hashtags: #onmyown #goingtomakeit and #determined. Just before the holidays, Gordon confirmed rumors of their breakup as well. “@REALbkBrown and I are not engaged or dating. Just close like we have always been,” he tweeted. Brown concluded her Twitter rant by saying, “I guess it’s time for me to stop depending on anyone. It’s my time to follow what Mom & The Lord put out on this path for me. #Thankful. Mom xxo.”
Some of the most talented musical stars will align next month in honor of the late musical icon, Whitney Houston. Grammy award winners Celine Dion, Usher, and Jennifer Hudson are a few of the artists who have been tapped to perform in a one-hour television tribute to Houston, titled “We Will Always Love You: A Grammy Salute to Whitney Houston.” In addition to performances from a selection of artists, the special will include interviews, never-before-seen footage, Houston’s iconic performances, and other highlights from her career. Additional performers yet to be announced will pay homage to Houston, who was one of the few artists to have held the record for most performances done for the annual televised award show. The special will tape live on Thursday, Oct. 11 at the Nokia Theater in LA, and air on Friday, Nov. 16 at 10PM EST on CBS.
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Los Angeles, CA (June 11, 2012) – This summer, celebrate the era of Motown with Sparkle: The Original Motion Picture Soundtrack, available July 31st from RCA Records. A remake of the 1976 classic, the highly anticipated film stars pop superstar Jordin Sparks and the late Whitney Houston and is directed by Salim Akil (Jumping The Broom, Soul Food). Sony Pictures will release Sparkle in theaters nationwide on August 17th. Featuring the final recorded performances from the late music icon Whitney Houston, the 13-song soundtrack also includes tracks from pop superstars Jordin Sparks and Cee Lo Green including “I’m A Man,” “Hooked On Your Love,” “Look Into Your Heart” and many more. “Celebrate,” a fun, up-tempo, feel good track produced by R. Kelly featuring Sparks and Houston, is the first single from the film with Whitney’s soul-stirring take on the gospel classic “His Eye Is On The Sparrow” as the soundtrack’s second single. Sparkle is the story of a musical prodigy who struggles to become a star while overcoming issues that are tearing her family apart. From an affluent Detroit area and daughter to a single mother (Whitney Houston), Sparkle (Jordin Sparks) tries to balance a new romance with music manager Stix (Derek Luke) while dealing with the unexpected challenges her new life will bring as she and her two sisters (Carmen Ejogo and Tika Sumpter) strive to become a dynamic singing group during the Motown-era. Also starring Mike Epps, Omari Hardwick and CeeLo Green. Directed by Sam O’Steen (The Graduate, High Risk, Kids Don’t Tell), the original Sparkle came out in 1976 and starred Irene Cara, Lonette McKee and Philip Michael Thomas. The gold-certified soundtrack featured Aretha Franklin in place of the film’s actresses and produced her #1 R&B hit “Something He Can Feel.” The film and soundtrack’s success inspire many Broadway musicals today.
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Whitney Houston’s Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/WhitneyHouston
Jordin Sparks Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jordinsparks
Jordin Sparks Twitter: http://twitter.com/jordinsparks
The one question that has always lingered about Bobby Brown and Whitney Houston’s tumultuous relationship was “Who started using drugs first?” While Brown was a solo performer with a bad-boy image when they first got together in 1991, Houston was pictured as the sweet, girl-next-door from a Christian home. But, in an exclusive interview with Matt Lauer on “TODAY,” the R&B crooner reveals that he never used hard drugs before meeting Whitney and that she was using cocaine before they got together. “No, that’s not true. I didn’t get high before I met Whitney.” He added, “No, I– I — I smoked weed, I drank the beer, but no, I wasn’t the one that got Whitney on drugs at all… How one could, you know, (say that I) got her addicted to drugs. I’m not the reason she’s gone. …” Along with talking about his surprise at her sudden death, relationship with daughter Bobbi Kristina, and seven-year sobriety, Brown’s children and fianceé were also interviewed for the show. The two-part interview airs Wednesday and Thursday on NBC.
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