Whitney Houston’s life shown in new Broomfield documentary

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STORY: Grammy award winning singer Whitney Houston was only 48 when she died but perhaps if she’d be allowed to be herself things could have been different according to a new documentary about the singer’s life from award winning filmmaker Nick Broomfield. Broomfield teamed up with director Rudi Dolezal to make ‘Can I Be Me’ a project he said he was engrossed in for two years and which tells the story of Whitney Houston’s life and death through archive footage of the singer and interviews with people who were close to her. Houston was born in Newark, New Jersey in 1963 during the American Civil Rights movement, however speaking to Reuters while promoting the film Broomfield said that when she became famous her roots, in what is referred to in the film as ‘the hood’, were brushed aside and she was portrayed as an ‘American princess’ – a persona that ultimately she couldn’t live up to. Aside from her music, the film also shows Houston’s marriage to Bobby Brown, with footage of them performing together and messing around pretending to be Ike and Tina Turner. Houston’s close relationship with her best friend and assistant Robyn Crawford is also explored in the film, when asked Broomfield wouldn’t be drawn on the subject, telling Reuters: ‘If we’re allowed to be ourselves, we’re happy, if we feel we have to apologize for who we are and we’re constantly being told it’s not ok it’s very hard to beat, you know, you kind of retreat into a private space where you can be who you are.’ Adding: ‘She just couldn’t deal with all that, she was looking after so many people and she was always being criticized and I think she just became more and more you know she withdrew into drugs. I think that’s really what happened.” Houston, who battled substance abuse, drowned in a bathtub in a Beverly Hills hotel at age 48. Authorities said cocaine abuse and heart disease contributed to Houston’s February 11,…

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