Whitney Houston Did Not See Sparkle As ‘Comeback’ Movie

Despite the fact that critics and fans might have seen it as a comeback, the late Whitney Houston did not see the anticipated Sparkle remake as one.

In an interview conducted just weeks before her death, released this week, Houston discussed how she considered the movie more of “a gift” than anything else. In saying that, she also strikes down critics who have since said the movie and stress because of it might have led to her death.

“I don’t think of it as a comeback. I don’t think of it as a pressure,” Houston told Coming Soon. “I think of it as a gift God gave me to contribute to a cast of people who are working as hard if not harder than I.”

Houston not only portrays the mother of three girls, including Jordin Sparks as Sparkle, but holds an executive producer credit.

“I have two jobs and executive of the soundtrack. I’ve done it before. In my life it was not that I want to be an entertainer, it’s in my family bloodline. I can’t help it,” said Houston. “It is something that God said this is what you do. To me it’s not a comeback, it’s innate, it’s natural.”

Sparkle will open in theaters August 17.