Whitney Houston’s death in February 2012 was nothing short of a tragedy.
This very fact filmmaker Nick Broomfield’s revealing documentary Whitney: ‘Can I Be Me’ makes all too clear, with some startling stories from those who knew her best.
Here’s a glimpse at the sad truths the film touches upon…
“Whitney was getting high before Bobby [Brown, her hubby of 15 years] ever came into the picture,” explains friend Allison Samuels.
Another pal, Ellin Lavar, adds that the songstress had been using drugs since her late teens.
“Bobby was notorious for sleeping with the girls on tour. He was not ready to take on the role of a husband,” reveals Allison.
She says the icon stayed married to Bobby from 1992 to 2007 for the sake of their daughter Bobbi Kristina.
Whitney’s long-time bodyguard David Roberts, on which the film The Bodyguard was loosely based, filed a report to family in 1999 about her worrying drug use.
A week later he was sacked.
“There’s no doubt… had that report been taken seriously, Whitney and Bobbi Kristina would still be here,” he insists.
Whitney’s former drug counsellor Carrie Starks says the star didn’t care about fancy clothes or cars. “She would say to me, ‘I want to get off drugs so I can be a mother to my daughter.’”
So how did her immense fortune disappear? According to the documentary, it all went to supporting family and friends.