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Watch now: Full-length trailer for Whitney Houston documentary debuts

Watch now: Full-length trailer for Whitney Houston documentary debuts

Fans of Whitney Houston are in for a treat - the trailer for her upcoming documentary Whitney is finally here, offering an intimate look inside her life.

In the preview, many familiar tabloid headlines are referenced as vignettes of Houston's life flash onscreen and a banner promises to reveal "the answers you never knew" to the "questions you want asked".

The trailer shows the seven-time Grammy victor opening up about the ugly side of celebrity ("People think it's easy, but it's not") and trash-talking fellow singer Paula Abdul ("That girl is singing off-key on the record").

In one moment in the trailer, someone says Crawford was Houston's "safety net" while claiming Brown was "jealous" of Houston's success. Another adds: "His heart was, he wanted to be on the stage".

The first official trailer for Whitney has arrived and it's packed with information about the late, great, icon, Whitney Houston. "He wanted to be in the forefront, and eventually she stepped down to lift him up".

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"Paula Abdul ain't s-", she says to her mother. "That girls is signing off-key on the record".

"Her voice, I was totally knocked out", says Clive Davis, the music industry executive who had a hand in launching her global career. That film lacked either the endorsement or extensive involvement of the Houston family, above all her mother, Cissy Houston, presented there as the main architect and oppressive controller of her fame.

"Then I (interviewed) Mary Jones, who was Whitney's longtime assistant. and she told me Whitney's point of view on this, and what Whitney had told her in detail, and how important she felt it was for understanding Whitney, but how scared everyone was to talk about it".

The film, which will make its theatrical debut on July 6, incorporates features like never-before-seen archival footage and rare performances to wrap viewers into Houston's life. "And then Nicole sent me this article about Whitney's rendition of 'The Star-Spangled Banner" and how that changed how the song has been understood and sung ever since", he said.