It’s been nearly six months since Whitney Houston's untimely passing.
On what would have been her 49th birthday today, fans, friends and family members have been remembering her in their own special ways.
One person who had the honor of getting to know Houston was her co-star, Jordin Sparks, who played her daughter in the film, Sparkle, which led to the formation of a very special bond.
The flick was slated to be the late star’s silver screen comeback and though it’s set to premiere next week, it’ll all be SO bittersweet.
"For me, she took on the mother role because my parents weren't there [during film production]. She was always asking, 'Did I feel comfortable? Did I need anything?'”
The film contains some scenes involving heavy drug use and quite possibly could have paralleled Whitney’s past struggles, which, as Jordin stated, she wasn’t ashamed of.
"The cool thing about Whitney was that she was not scared to talk about or confront the things she had gone through. I do think there is a different aura around the film now.”
As for Sparkle being Jordin’s feature film debut and getting the opportunity to work with her idol and music icon?
"I don't know if anything will ever be as good as this. Sometimes I ask myself, why did I deserve to have a part in a film like this? I don't want this to come off crazy, but somebody said to me, 'It's like Whitney essentially passed the torch.' And to hear that, it's just nuts."
And that she did, Jordin! What a special gift you now have to cherish forever.
We can’t wait to see both Jordin and Whitney shine in their own right when Sparkle hits theaters August 17!
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