Bobby Brown, Cissy Houston remember Whitney Houston in powerful Whitney trailer

BY MELISSA RUGGIERI  AJC Music Scene

The documentary feature Whitney 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.

The teaser also includes rare footage of Houston performing-sometimes joyful, other times joyless-exhausted from the stress of fame and suffering from a drug addiction that plagued her until her untimely death at age 48 in 2012.

Ahead of a midnight premiere screening at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival, the first official trailer for Kevin Macdonald's Whitney Houston documentary, Whitney, was released Wednesday morning.

Whitney Houston apparently wasn't a fan of fellow diva Paula Abdul back in the day.

Whitney debuted at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival in a midnight screening on Wednesday and the first official US trailer just hit the web. "Paula Abdul ain't s-", she says in what appears to be a home video.

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"There were always a lot of secrets", says Houston's friend.

The trailer shows the seven-time Grammy victor opening up about the ugly side of celebrity ("People think it's easy, but it's not") and trash-talking fellow singer Paula Abdul ("That girl is singing off-key on the record").

Finally, Brown and Houston's mother, Cissy, appear to get emotional while discussing the late pop icon.

We see famous faces like Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds, Clive Davis, and L.A. Reid weighing in abut their experiences with Whitney and hear from family members including her mother, Cissy Houston, her ex-husband, Bobby Brown, and her sister, Pat Houston, whom also served as an executive producer on the film. "If you don't resolve and deal with things, they never go away". In the three minute clip, Macdonald promises to answer all the "questions you want asked", namely about Houston's relationships with Brown and her longtime friend and rumored lover, Robyn Crawford.

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