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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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Halsey Causes Drama Between G-Eazy And Machine Gun Kelly

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Move over, Eminem. Now, two newer white rappers are causing drama in the media. Aside from their almost creepy physical similarities, the rappers have something else in common. Both of them have had, or currently have, the alternative pop star Halsey’s attention.

So what’s the deal? As most fans already know, Halsey and G-Eazy have had an on/off relationship for the past year or so. Though the pair appeared to have cooled off earlier this summer, the seem to have been brought back together after the VMA’s. The couple were seen leaving a nightclub together, and we all know what probably happened next. Since then, Halsey has admitted to the pair “seeing each other.”

Where does Machine Gun Kelly come in? Well, it appears that Halsey has a type. Kelly could not care less about privacy and spilled the tea in some Instagram comments. In a kindly-worded statement, the artist wrote “I f*cked his girl now he looks like me this sh*t overbearing.” Okay, it’s a small world and most people end up having more than one partner in their lives at some point.

But is Kelly seriously claiming that G-Eazy stole his “look” over a girl that they’re both into? There is some evidence supporting this. G-Eazy did bleach his hair the same color shortly after Kelly and Halsey supposedly hooked up. To be fair, it’s nothing too special or unique. After all, which celebrities weren’t dying their hair bleached-blonde this time last year? To try to own a hairstyle like that is a pretty bold move. Anyway, the similarities can be seen below:

G-Eazy thinks that Machine Gun Kelly is lame and appears 100% unbothered by these accusations. In his song “Bad Boy,” he raps “MGK, please stop trolling me, get over me / You wanna be me, you’re mad that you’re not as big as me/I’m everywhere, I’m your nightmare, you can’t get rid of me / Call an Uber, turn on the radio, imagine hearing me / ‘Him & I”s on, mad you’re listening to Halsey sing to me / Can’t f— with nobody with so much negative energy.”

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Kanye Wasn’t Joking About Running For President

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Kanye West’s ego knows no limits, and now he’s about to take it to the next level. The 41-year-old rapper has toyed with the idea of a presidential campaign for years. Most of us assumed it was just some sort of joke. But now, West is talking seriously about running for president in 2024.

The “how” is obvious; the man is ridiculously rich and has an enormous following. And since all Americans already know his name, he will never have to sell ideas in order to put himself out there. Besides, who wants to learn about boring politics when you can just vote for the guy whose TV show or music you like? The question right now is why. In an interview last Thursday, West shared his highly educated views with the country.

He spoke about his passion for medicine, saying “one of my main things once I’m president is the medical industry. I’m going to make sure that the medical industry flourishes.” It sounds like West was trying to say something about healthcare reform here but he has yet to clarify what he meant. Oh well, close enough. Who has time to listen to detailed issues these days anyway?

So what exactly is this guy’s platform? Apparently, he plans to run as a centrist and has expressed admiration for both Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump. West expressed his #deep feelings about the political divide in the United States: “even red or blue — it’s still red or blue. It’s divisions. We don’t need to think in divisions. We need to think in arms because we’re actually one race, one people, one civilization.” Thanks for the Instagram caption, Kanye.

So now what? There are still six more years until the 2024 election. Will the artist spend that time becoming an expert on the constitution, history, and foreign policy? Anyway, if by some crazy chance the guy ends up getting far, that says much more about his supporters than it does about him.

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Hailey Baldwin Ignores The Haters

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Dating Justin Bieber was every girl’s dream at some point. And let’s face it: for many of us it still is. But the reality of being Bieb’s object of affection can be tough. Especially when his ex just happens to be as famous and controversial as Selena Gomez. So how is Baldwin handling the storm of media attention, gossip, and Jelena shippers? Pretty well, all things considered.

In an interview with Stellar Magazine this weekend, Baldwin gave us an update on how her engagement is going. The model appeared to be super chill when talking about the rumors, saying “I don’t think it’s affected me really. I have learned to just try my best to ignore the negativity at this time so that I can enjoy this season of my life.” Since she started seeing Justin, she’s been all smiles.

While she’s not busy being professionally pretty, Hailey is spending lots of quality time with her fiance. According to Cosmopolitan, the couple have spent the summer holding hands and making out all over New York City. Life really doesn’t get much better than that.

How are fans reacting to the upcoming marriage? Twitter appears to be polarized among Justin and Hailey shippers and Jelena shippers. Why there are so many of the latter remains a mystery, as the two of them have been doing entirely different things with their lives since the breakup. A likely explanation is that fans are just bored. Seeing people happy together doesn’t really make for a juicy story. And we are all guilty of indulging in conspiracy theories from time to time. But when the biggest drama between two people is where and when to have the wedding, people are going to get tired quickly. Meanwhile, Hailey and Justin are, as far as we can see, unbothered and still rocking matching hairstyles.

 

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