“Whitney: Can I Be Me?” Trailer Highlights The Pop Icon’s Struggle To Be Herself

One of the most successful female artists of all time, Houston still couldn't live the life she wanted—professionally or personally.

After debuting at Tribeca, the Whitney Houston doc Whitney: Can I Be Me? is hitting select theaters on August 18, in advance of its television premiere August 25 on Showtime.

Whitney: Can I Be Me?

Directed by Nick Broomfield and Rudi Dolezal, Can I Be Me? digs into Houston’s life, both professional and personal. Dolezal and Broomfield (Kurt & Courtney, Biggie & Tupac) explore Houston’s infamously rocky marriage with Bobby Brown, as well as her oft-speculated relationship with Robyn Crawford, who is, for the first time, acknowledged as Houston’s lover.

Whitney: Can I Be Me?

Though the trailer declares Whitney “died of a broken heart”—caused, in part, by having to deny a part of who she was—her mother, Cissy Houston, has long denied allegations of any lesbian relationships. Even in the doc, the family can’t bring themselves to acknowledge the relationship as anything other than platonic—it’s delicately danced around, though Dolezal and Broomfield refuse to let it go unaddressed. (Sadly, Crawford doesn’t participate in Whitney: Can I Be Me?. She’s maintained a very low profile since Houston’s passing, outside of of a tribute in Esquire.)

Watch the trailer below.


Whitney: Can I Be Me? opens August 18 at the IFC Center in L.A. and at Laemmle’s Music Hall in New York before premiering August 25 on Showtime.

Trish Bendix is a Los Angeles-based writer.