Why Bobby Brown Holds Back Talking About Whitney Houston in ‘Whitney’ Documentary (Exclusive)


Whitney is being billed as an “intimate, unflinching” look back on the triumphant life and tragic death of Whitney Houston, a definitive documentary about the singer and the first-ever authorized by her family — many of whom speak openly about Whitney in the film. Whitney’s ex-husband, Bobby Brown, appears in interviews and never-before-seen archival footage throughout, but reveals little about her drug use or the problems that led to the end of their marriage.

“He sits down and he won’t go into any of the tougher parts of their life together?” ET’s Kevin Frazier asked Pat Houston, Whitney’s sister-in-law and former manager and a producer on the movie. “Why wouldn’t he open up and talk in this documentary?”

“Maybe he was saving some for his film,” Houston said. “Maybe he just — you know, Bobby is Bobby.”

The film Houston is referring to is actually a two-part miniseries for BET, The Bobby Brown Story, which stars Woody McClain as Bobby Brown (McClain previously portrayed him in The New Edition Story) and Gabrielle Dennis (Marvel’s Luke Cage) as Whitney Houston, as well as Mekhi Phifer and Lil Rel. Brown is a producer.

While Whitney, now in theaters, contains many revelations about its subject — including allegations that she was sexually abused as a child — much of the documentary does focus…

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