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Whitney Houston's family reveal the late singer was sexually abused as a child by her female cousin

  • Whitney Houston was abused by a female relative according to her aunty Mary
  • Mary Jones has claimed the world famous singer told her of her childhood ordeal
  • A new film called 'Whitney' reveals the claims as it is premiered in Cannes

By Zoie O'brien For Mailonline

Published: 21:11 EDT, 16 May 2018 | Updated: 22:09 EDT, 16 May 2018

Whitney Houston was sexually abused as a child by her cousin, her family have claimed in a new documentary.

The film – called Whitney – examines the life of the singer, who was found dead in a bathtub in 2012 aged 48. 

Mary Jones, Whitney's aunt who found her body, claims Miss Houston had told her she had been sexually abused by Dee Dee Warwick – sister of singer Dionne – between the ages of seven and nine. 

She recalls Miss Houston saying: ‘Mary, I was [abused] too. It was a woman.’ 

Whitney Houston's family claim she was abused as a child by a female relative named Dee Dee Warwick. The singer  is seen performing on stage during the 2004
Whitney Houston's family claim she was abused as a child by a female relative named Dee Dee Warwick. The singer  is seen performing on stage during the 2004

Whitney Houston's family claim she was abused as a child by a female relative named Dee Dee Warwick. The singer is seen performing on stage during the 2004

Mary Jones claims in a new film about her niece singer Whitney Houston the star was abused as a child and admitted it to her before she died 
Mary Jones claims in a new film about her niece singer Whitney Houston the star was abused as a child and admitted it to her before she died 

Mary Jones claims in a new film about her niece singer Whitney Houston the star was abused as a child and admitted it to her before she died 

Mary Jones, Whitney's aunt who found her body, claims Miss Houston had told her she had been sexually abused by Dee Dee Warwick (pictured)
Mary Jones, Whitney's aunt who found her body, claims Miss Houston had told her she had been sexually abused by Dee Dee Warwick (pictured)

Mary Jones, Whitney's aunt who found her body, claims Miss Houston had told her she had been sexually abused by Dee Dee Warwick (pictured)

Asked who it was, she said Miss Houston replied: ‘It was Dee Dee Warwick.’

Her brother Gary Garland also speaks about their childhood in the documentary and discloses his greatest trauma was being abused ‘by a female relative’.

But Miss Houston never told her mother Cissy Houston about the alleged abuse because she ‘was ashamed’, according to her aunt.

Miss Jones claimed the abuse made Whitney ‘question her sexual preference’ – prompting her to demonstrate that she was heterosexual by marrying Bobby Brown.

Young model Whitney Houston in a photography fashion session in New York City in September of 1980
Young model Whitney Houston in a photography fashion session in New York City in September of 1980
Whitney Houston had demons from the past according to her family
Whitney Houston had demons from the past according to her family

Whitney was abused as a child, her family has claimed. The singer could not admit the abuse to her mother, it is claimed

Their marriage, between 1992 and 2007, was peppered with violence and drugs. Their daughter Bobbi Kristina Brown died in 2015 at 22.

Dee Dee Warwick – 18 years older than Miss Houston – 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.

(L-R) Producer Vanessa Tovell, Lara Chinn, producer Simon Chinn, producer Pat Houston, Rayah Houston, Ulysses Carter, director Kevin Macdonald, producer Lisa Erspamer and producer Jonathan Chinn attend the screening of "Whitney" during the 71st annual Cannes Film Festival
(L-R) Producer Vanessa Tovell, Lara Chinn, producer Simon Chinn, producer Pat Houston, Rayah Houston, Ulysses Carter, director Kevin Macdonald, producer Lisa Erspamer and producer Jonathan Chinn attend the screening of "Whitney" during the 71st annual Cannes Film Festival

(L-R) Producer Vanessa Tovell, Lara Chinn, producer Simon Chinn, producer Pat Houston, Rayah Houston, Ulysses Carter, director Kevin Macdonald, producer Lisa Erspamer and producer Jonathan Chinn attend the screening of "Whitney" during the 71st annual Cannes Film Festival

Singer Whitney Houston accepts the Winner of International - Favorite Artist Award onstage at the 2009
Singer Whitney Houston accepts the Winner of International - Favorite Artist Award onstage at the 2009

Singer Whitney Houston accepts the Winner of International - Favorite Artist Award onstage at the 2009

Executive Producer Pat Houston (L) attends the screening of "Whitney"
Executive Producer Pat Houston (L) attends the screening of "Whitney"
Mia Fry and Alexandre Le Strat attends the screening of "Whitney"
Mia Fry and Alexandre Le Strat attends the screening of "Whitney"

Celebrities have flocked to Cannes for the film festival where they will watch the new film Whitney

American singer and actress Whitney Houston (1963 - 2012) looks over the picket fence of her mother's home, West Orange, New Jersey in 1985
American singer and actress Whitney Houston (1963 - 2012) looks over the picket fence of her mother's home, West Orange, New Jersey in 1985

American singer and actress Whitney Houston (1963 - 2012) looks over the picket fence of her mother's home, West Orange, New Jersey in 1985

‘Whitney felt closer to Dee Dee by virtue of them sharing a similar orientation. It is interesting that there is that connection.’

Both Dionne, 77, and Dee Dee Warwick sang with Miss Houston’s mother in the New Hope Baptist church choir in Newark, New Jersey. 

 

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