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Whitney Houston’s family “horrified” over sexual claims

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Whitney Houston’s family are shocked by sexual allegations documented in the new Whitney film.

Director Kevin Macdonald interviewed close family and friends to the late singer, exposing both Whitney Houston and her half brother, Gary Garland, were allegedly molested by their cousin, Dee Dee Warwick, during their childhood.

Whitney Houston’s mother, Cissy Houston, released a joint statement with niece Dionne Warwick to People, highlighting that the family first heard of such claims two days prior to the film’s release back in May at the Cannes Film Festival.

The statement revealed: “We cannot overstate the shock and horror we feel and the difficulty we have believing that my niece Dee Dee Warwick… molested two of my three children”.

“… The idea that [Dee Dee] would have molested my children is overwhelming and for us unfathomable… Neither I, Dionne, nor my son Michael… has ever heard these allegations; we have never heard anything remotely connected to the crimes charged against Dee Dee in the film. How can that be fair to my daughter, to Dee Dee, or to our family?”

Despite having to live most of her life in the public eye, Cissy Houston defends her daughter stating the public has no right to “know every intimate detail of her life beyond what she herself revealed during her lifetime… if she was molested I do not believe she would have wanted it to be revealed for the first time to thousands, maybe millions of people in a film.”

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Cissy Houston with daughter Whitney Houston

Whitney director Macdonald, 50, revealed to Vanity Fair in May that he “managed to persuade Mary Jones, who was Whitney’s longtime assistant and probably knew her in her last years more than anybody,” to open up about the molestation claims, as featured in the documentary.

“She talks about what Whitney felt and what effect it had on her. So we changed the whole cut at the very last minute. It was kind of a detective story to get that piece of information, which changed how I felt about Whitney and how I felt about the story”.

People magazine reported revealing the information was a difficult decision for Mary Jones, “she confided in me and I struggled tremendously deciding whether to share this secret or keep to myself”.

Jones goes on further to say, “I deeply love and respect Dionne, Cissy and their entire families, and my intention was never to embarrass anyone in the family, but rather to bring to light that Whitney was subjected to something painful and troubling as a child. And it’s something that happens to other innocent kids and goes unspoken too much… I decided to share the story so that people might understand that throughout her entire life Whitney carried this with her, and the weight of it was immense. Whitney was a wonderful woman, an angel, and she did not drag herself down all alone — there was a cause.”

Before the film debut, director Macdonald revealed on Good Morning America that Gary Houston “was molested when he was a kid by a woman in the family and he thought also Whitney had been as well.”

In Whitney, Gary Houston, 60, alleges Dee Dee Warwick molested him when he was 7 to 9 years old. He had no prior knowledge of Whitney’s alleged abuse leading up to the film’s release.

Gary further revealed in an interview on Good Morning America, “I was 8 [or] 9 years old and I was being fondled with from time to time. It was a situation I didn’t understand. I knew it was abnormal.”

Cissy Houston and Dionne Warwick concluded their joint statement: “After people have seen the film they will draw their own conclusions and we are not trying to change that. We just want people to know there is another side. While the filmmakers certainly had the legal right to make this film, I wonder at the moral right.”

No charges were ever filed against Dee Dee Warwick.

Dee Dee Warwick passed away in 2008. The Grammy-nominated soul singer sang backup vocals for stars including Aretha Franklin. Dee Dee Warwick is the sister of Dionne Warwick, and both are nieces of Cissy Houston, Whitney’s mother.

Whitney Houston, who was 18 years younger than Dee Dee Warwick, died in February 2012 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel from drowning and the effects of atherosclerotic heart disease and cocaine use.

Whitney is now out in theatres.

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Angelina Jolie Demands More Money From Brad Pitt

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For Angelina Jolie, divorce is a game of monetary and social revenge. Under the guise of not receiving a sufficient amount of child support money from her ex, Brad Pitt, Jolie has kept this ugly game going two years after the marriage ended. Over the past few weeks, these tensions have reached a boiling point.

Jolie has accused Pitt of not paying “meaningful” child support and wants him to make up for this retroactively. It is unclear what consists of “meaningful” child support in this case as the estranged couple has not explained any previous arrangements that they had agreed upon. Being one of the highest paid actresses in Hollywood is a very tough job and Jolie obviously struggles to make ends meet without another multimillionaire by her side to help her.

Despite the fact that Jolie’s lawyer Laura Wasser has quit on her, the battle goes on. It appears that Jolie is trying to take the legal matters into her own hands while maintaining control over which aspects of the dispute the media will see. Coincidentally, they all seem to paint Pitt in a bad light.

Prolonging this public dispute must be great for the couple’s six children’s well being. Along with dealing with the emotional pain of a divorce, they also have to deal with their parents using them as a pretext for their own problems in front of the entire world.

Taken at the Telluride festival

Pitt has voiced his opinion of the whole mess and his concern for his children. According to sources, he thinks that Jolie’s making this case public is “disgusting.” From his point of view, Jolie is using him as a punching bag by misrepresenting him in the media in order to finesse several million dollars out of him. He made it clear that he “adamantly disputes the contention that he has not paid significant child support.”

 

 

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Bella Thorne Drops Copycat Makeup Line

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Thorne is known for her eccentric makeup and style

Is a young female celebrity really successful if she doesn’t have her own makeup line? From Kylie Jenner to Rihanna, smart women know that capitalizing off of other women’s insecurities is the best way to boost their stardom. That being said, it’s much better to bring something somewhat original to the table.

Bella Thorne is the latest young celeb to announce a new makeup collection, pandering to the edgier teens with its unique name Filthy Fangs. Her eyeshadow palettes cost between $50-$60 and come in a range of bright, sparkly colors. Thorne posted several pictures promoting her makeup on her Instagram page, @bellathorne.

However, it seemed that Thorne neglected to realize that in this day and age, it is much harder to plagiarize. And the internet caught on in no time. Thorne has been accused of copying another makeup brand called Juvia’s Place, which is owned by Chichi Eburu, a popular African makeup artist. And the internet could not be saltier about it. Under the picture shared above, Instagram user @dilipglawcequeen commented “Your other palette packaging and color scheme are stolen from an independent black owned company that has worked and grinded to have some of the best pigmentation and blendability at low prices and you got the caucasity to steal color concept and packaging? [heavy profanity].”

How similar are the two products? After all, there are only so many possible combinations of colors and package designs so it only makes sense that there is some overlap among brands. Twitter user @whatsLDPupto posted a side-by-side comparison of Eburu and Thorne’s collections and strongly believes so. Juvia’s Place is pictured on the left side and Filthy Fangs is pictured on the right.

A representative from Juvia’s Place responded calmly to the controversy, saying that “We are not affiliated with [Filthy Fangs]. Yes we are aware of the painful and awkward similarities. It’s obvious they have done little to no research or they have bluntly stolen our concept which is unacceptable. We believe in originality and the brand you have mentioned lacks that. We have chosen to be light hearted about the situation, after all makeup is supposed to be fun!!”

Only the future will tell if Thorne and her company will take this advice to heart and brainstorm a little better next time.

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What To Expect From Ariana Grande’s ”Sweetener”

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Ariana Grande has released ''Sweetener" merchandise

The rumors are true- Ariana Grande is set to release ”Sweetener” on August 17th. After releasing the music video for ”God is a Woman,” in which she, in her own words, “fingered the earth,” her fans are anxiously waiting to see what ideas she’s going to touch upon next.

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The official release date is three days from now, and Grande does not let us forget how excited she is by posting about it approximately 10000 times a day on Twitter. Her fans, however, just want this album to drop so they can see for themselves what the hype is all about. This Tweet sums up the relationship between Ari and her fan base nicely:

This will be her fourth album, and presumably the second one in which she won’t be sleeping on the cover. So what can we expect? For one thing, she already released the tracklist, which includes the following songs: R.E.M., God is a Woman, Sweetener, Successful, Everytime, Breathin, Everytime, No Tears Left to Cry, and Borderline. Ever since the release of her last album, Dangerous Woman, she has been working on making her image more mature and sexual. Her haters often make fun of her young-looking appearance, saying that the 25-year-old looks 12. I personally don’t know any 12 year olds who wear BDSM-inspired latex outfits, but these days, who knows anymore?

Grande has been criticized a lot recently for her engagement to Pete Davidson, which happened shortly after her breakup with Mac Miller. Instagram ‘stans’ were thoroughly convinced that Grande cheated and were quick to spam Ari’s and her new flames accounts with their conspiracy theories. This chaos has apparently affected Pete the most, as he is used to hiding from the spotlight. But no hoodie was big enough to shield him from the controversy, and he swiftly deleted his account, as he “has been getting a lot of hate from fans. It’s been hurtful, and he’s actually pretty sensitive.” It would not be surprising if Pete were more excited about the album release than Ari at this point, just so he can fade out of the spotlight for a moment.

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