The Whitney Houston documentary, Whitney, won’t hit screens until July 6, but judging from the hot-off-the-press trailer, it will be worth the wait.
Unlike previous films about the pop icon, the documentary was made with the approval and participation of Houston’s family. Directed by Oscar winner Kevin Macdonald, the film explores the late singer’s life and features interviews with those closest to her. The teaser also includes rare footage of Houston performing—sometimes joyful, other times joyless—exhausted from the stress of fame and suffering from a drug addiction that plagued her until her untimely death at age 48 in 2012.
“There were times when I looked up to God and I’d go, ’Why is this happening to me?'” Houston says in one scene, reflecting on her rise to celebrity and its downfalls. “People think it’s so easy and it’s not.”
Later in the trailer, the diva’s close friend and assistant Robyn Crawford, a woman Houston was rumored to be romantically linked to, is addressed. An interviewee speaking off camera in the teaser can be heard saying “Robyn was [Houston’s] safety net” and “Bobby was jealous.”
In a never-before-seen clip of Houston, the entertainer throws serious shade at choreographer-turned-singer Paula Abdul. “Paula Abdul ain’t shit,” Houston says. “That girl is singing off-key on the record.”
Bobby Brown and record industry titans Clive Davis and L.A. Reid also make appearances in the trailer further demonstrating how much access Macdonald received. Reid makes a bold statement in the trailer saying he wasn’t aware of Houston’s drug use. In his interview clip, Reid says, “I never knew there was any addiction.”
Whitney hits theaters July 6.