Who was the true Whitney Houston and what was it that persecuted her so much?
In the six years since the superstar's premature death at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on February 11, 2012, questions continue to revolve around how the beloved singer with the heavenly voice had become so addicted that she killed her.
Whitney Oscar-winning director Kevin Macdonald set about answering these questions and interviewing over 60 of Whitney's closest friends and family members. But the last theory that the film presents – that Whitney and older brother Gary were both abused by her cousin Dee Dee Warwick, a trauma that plagues her into adulthood ̵
WORLD'S PEOPLE cover story, family members and friends open up about Whitney's shattering untold story. While some find the abuse of children helpful in solving the mystery of Whitney Houston, others, such as their mother's mother Cissy and Dee Dee's sister Dionne Warwick, find the allegations in the film painful, exploitative, and hard to believe.
RELATED: Read Cissy Houston's Emotional Full Statement on Claiming, Whitney Houston Was Molested
For more about Whitney Houston's shocking untold story, Pick up this week's edition of People, at Kiosk Friday
"We can feel the shock and the horror that we feel and the difficulty that we believe my niece Dee Dee Warwick is not overstating … "I've molested two of my three children," Cissy tells PEOPLE in a statement on behalf of her and Dionne, revealing that she will be in Cannes two days before the film's premiere on May 16
RELATED: Whitney Houston What Sexually Abused By Her Cousin, Singer Dee Dee Warwick, New Documentary Claims
Ob While the two share their support for all victims of child abuse, these are allegations "neither Whitney nor Dee Dee are here to deny, disprove, or confirm … How can this be for my daughter, for Dee Dee, for our family be fair? (For Cissy's and Dionne's emotional statement, visit people.com/cissyhouston.)
The claim comes from Mary Jones, Whitney's longtime experience assistant, who says in the movie that the singer has opened her up for abuse and sometimes ask would: "Do you think I did something to make them believe I wanted them?"
Despite the reaction of some members of the Houston family, Jones remains in their decision to share the information with the world.
"I was close to Whitney, she entrusted me to me and I fought tremendously Decide if I should share this secret or keep it to myself, "says Jones in an exclusive statement." I deeply love and respect Dionne, Cissy, and her whole family, and my intention was to have no one in the family to embarrass but to show that Whitney was a bit painful and disturbing as a child. And it's something that happens to other innocent children and is left unsaid.
She continues, "I decided to divide the story so that people could understand it all their lives that Whitney carried it with them and the weight of it was immense." Whitney was a wonderful woman, an angel, and she did not pull herself all by herself – there was a cause. "
WHITNEY & # 39; s EARLY YEARS
Whitney, named by her father John Houston Nippy, after all began, as a sweet and spunky little girl from Newark and East Orange, New Jersey. "She had a sort of Cinderella warmth, that magical kind of self as a little girl, she was special," remembers Brother Gary.
She was harassed because she had a slightly lighter complexion than her peers and started improving her talents early on. "We would play Pinochle if Nippy was 5, 6, 7 years old, she would be in the basement with her mother's wig and the mop sang in her throat," recalls Ellen White, a friend of the family she calls Auntie Bae. "I always had the feeling that Nippy could sing, but I never expected it, never understood that Nippy Whitney Houston would be."
RELATED: New Whitney Houston Doc shows rare footage of the singer who is "I'm your baby tonight"
Problems early for the star. According to her brothers Michael and Gary, Whitney tried to consume cocaine for the first time at the age of 16, and they all made strong use of it to gain fame in the mid-80s and brought her along for the ride.
RELATED VIDEO: Whitney Houston – A Musical Timeline
"When you come out of nowhere, there is a tendency to be the savior," says longtime music director Rickey Minor about Houston's large, family-run entourage , Despite her parties, her voice rose and she landed seven consecutive # 1 singles. "We were angry about their success," says Clive Davis, who signed her for the first time at Arista Records in '83.
The Truth About ROBYN
Although Whitney has an appointment with men, friends and family confirm long-running rumors that their relationship with best friend Robyn Crawford was once romantic. "Robyn loved Whitney, she was also very young and probably not able to withstand the slings and arrows," says Whitney's longtime collaborator Nicole David. "I think it was also a sexual relationship? I believe it was."
BINDING: Bobby Brown says that Whitney Houston, despite the drugs found in the system, is & # 39; Broken Heart & # 39; died
But according to Macdonald, when Whitney's fame grew, the romance hissed. "As a teenager, Whitney ran from her mother's house into the arms of Robyn, but from what I collected when Whitney became a star in the mid-'80s, it had already become a very close friendship." (Crawford did not comment and did not attend the documentary).
THE BOBBY BROWN EFFECT
In 1992, Bobby Brown married the same year she starred in The World's hit movie The Bodyguard Houston Fame and drug problems reached new heights – and the unpredictable behavior of the couple
"The problem with Whitney and Bobby was that they made each other's addictions worse," says Whitney's friend and hairdresser Ellin LaVar. Originally, "She had more cocaine, he drank more, but when they came together, both started to drink more cocaine and it manifested in a really bad way." (Brown tells PEOPLE in a statement, "I just hope that people remember Whitney for the music she shared with the world that was her most important legacy. ")
Although they happily greeted daughter Bobbi Kristina in 1993, Whitney was deeply addicted at the time and largely unable to be a good mother and role model. "Nippy really loved her," says White of Bobbi Kristina, who brought White and died in 2015 at the age of 22. "But it's hard when you have drugs, it's so treacherous and debilitating." “/>
"A STAR DIMS
" Over the years, it was about, "Get them ready for one Idea, get her ready for the camera. "When she had her" downtime, "she had her" downtime, "a family source recalled." We were all used to this codeword. "
After being on stage one In 2001, the Michael Jackson tribute show looked appallingly haggard, her family claimed to have tried several interventions, but nothing helped save her from her demons on the night of Clive Davis's annual pre-Grammy party Floating in her hotel room bathtub after being drowned in her system with cocaine and prescription drugs.