The icon that is Whitney Houston is the subject of a new documentary that is making startling claims.
Family members have revealed she was sexually abused as a child by her cousin.
The film – called Whitney – examines the life of the singer, who was found tragically found dead in a bathtub in 2012 aged 48.
Mary Jones, Whitney’s aunt who found her body, claims Whitney told her she had been sexually abused by Dee Dee Warwick – sister of singer Dionne Warwick.
The alleged abuse happened between the ages of seven and nine.
Whitney Was Scared To Tell Her Mother
She recalls Whitney saying: ‘Mary, I was [abused] too. It was a woman.’
Asked who it was, she replied: ‘It was Dee Dee Warwick.’
Whitney’s brother Gary Garland also speaks about sexual abuse he suffered as a child in the documentary.
He disclosed his greatest trauma was being abused ‘by a female relative’.
But Whitney never told her mother Cissy Houston about the alleged abuse. Her aunt said she ‘was ashamed’, about what she went through.
And a relative said Cissy would have attacked Dee Dee.
Dee Dee Died Of An Overdose
Dee Dee Warwick became addicted to drugs and died aged 63 in 2008.
One source close to the Warwick family said: ‘Dee Dee was openly lesbian in the music industry. Not necessarily in public, but I don’t think that was a secret within the music industry.
Both Dionne, 77, and Dee Dee Warwick sang with Whitney’s mother in the New Hope Baptist church choir in Newark, New Jersey.