Kevin Costner delivered a rousing eulogy at Whitney Houston’s funeral yesterday, which was held at New Hope Baptist Church in Newark, NJ, and televised live on CNN.
Costner, whose main connection to the late pop queen was starring as her love interest in The Bodyguard, was frank about how some people might not expect him to be there speaking at Houston’s funeral. He joked about the fact that he was a white male and she was a black female, but added that adding an interracial relationship to The Bodyguard made it a more risky venture.
“[Whitney] and I had a lot in common,” said Costner. “I know many of you in the crowd are thinking, ‘Really?’ She’s a girl. You’re a boy. You’re white. She’s black. We heard you like to sing, but our sister could really sing. So what am I talking about?… We both grew up in the Baptist Church… My grandmother played the piano, and she led the choir, and her two daughters, my mom and my aunt, sang in it.”
But Costner really wanted to let the nation know that, despite Whitney’s confident exterior, she was often worried about being “good enough.” For a belter who sang so many songs that have become anthems to the gay community, Whitney too had her insecurities, as we all do.
Costner ended the 15-minute speech with a tearjerker, fighting back tears himself: “So off you go Whitney. Off you go. Escorted by an army of angels to your heavenly father. And when you sing before him, don’t you worry. You’ll be good enough.”
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