Whitney Houston‘s co-star in The Bodyguard, Kevin Costner, gave a moving eulogy at her funeral in Newark today, that prompted a sea of tears and a standing ovation. Here’s his eulogy (some parts of have been edited out)
“What becomes of our broken hearts? Whitney returns home today, to the place where it all began. I ask that we dry our tears, suspend our sorrow, just long enough to remember the sweet miracle that was Whitney. We can’t forget Cissy and Bobbi Kristina sit among us. Your mother and I had a lot in common….A lot of people are thinking, really? You’re a boy, she’s a girl; she’s black, you’re white. I heard you like to sing, but our girl could really sing.”
“I told Whitney I always worried God would ask me to be preacher…Whitney said she wasn’t worried at all. She told God she would be like Aretha and her famous cousin Dionne.”
“We both grew up in the Baptist church…It wasn’t as big as this. my grandmother played the piano and she led the choir. her two daughters sang in it. My earliest memories are tied to that church in Paramount.”
“I can see her in my mind here, running around as a skinny little girl…I can also see her in trouble.”
“At the height of her fame as a singer, I asked her to be my costar. I thought she was the perfect choice. But the red flags came out immediately…It was a lot for the studio to accept and to their credit they did but not without a screen test…Whitney would have to earn it. Whitney was scared the biggest pop star in the work wasn’t sure if she as good enough. I held her hand and told her she looked beautiful and that everyone wanted her to be successful but I could still feel the doubt…It was the burden that made her great and the part that caused her to stumble again.”
“You weren’t just pretty, you were as beautiful as a woman could be…Whitney, if you could hear me now I would tell you you weren’t just good enough, you were great… I was your pretend bodyguard not too long ago and now you’re gone. Off you go, Whitney — escorted by an army of angels and your heavenly father. When you stand before him, don’t you worry. You’ll be good enough.”
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