Houston’s half-brother Gary Garland was first to tell Macdonald of the abuse, and said he was molested as well, the director told Indiewire. The reason it was so late in the film was because it was an investigation. I signed on to the film under the understanding that I had final cut, but they could see early cuts, I’d listen to their comments without any obligation to do anything about it. Fifty percent.
Well, you can’t help but feel tremendous compassion towards Cissy when you meet her. And they slowly began to trust me, and I think by the third interview, one of them, Michael, said to me, “Y’know, maybe we should do this every month; I’m finding it like therapy. This was at the very end of filming, two weeks before we locked the cut. This is a film about family, I think, and about what your upbringing does to you.
That sharp intuition is nowhere better illustrated than in a close look at her landmark performance of "The Star-Spangled Banner" at the 1991 Super Bowl. The movie also captures what an awesome global phenomenon “I Will Always Love You” really was. According to Jones, Whitney wasn’t able to come to terms with her sexuality, and be open about it, because of the horror of that abuse.