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She maybe have been one of the most important artists of our time, but Whitney Houston’s life was marred with tragedy. Although drug abuse would define her later life, documentary maker Nick Broomfield claims to have uncovered a whole new heartache for the late singer: how she was forced to hide her sexuality.


Deeply upsetting as Whitney Houston’s death was, the most heartbreaking thing about Nick Broomfield’s documentary about the superstar singer isn’t her drug-fuelled decline. No, it’s the notion – not conclusively proven but strongly suggested – that she was gay or bisexual but felt unable to come out.

Titled Whitney: Can I Be Me after her oft-stated desire to be her authentic self, the documentary highlights the close bond between the chanteuse and her personal assistant Robyn Crawford, amidst speculation that they were lovers before Bobby Brown came into the picture – and maybe for some time during his and Whitney’s marriage.

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Our July cover star Tommy Dorfman is one of the rising stars to emerge from Netflix’s controversial new series 13 Reasons Why. The 25 year old revels in the controversy, noting that the show has instigated a conversation around mental health in young people that is sorely needed. Incredibly frank, and incredibly cute, we sit down with Tommy for an exclusive, no-holds-barred shoot and interview about his husband, struggles with addiction, gender fluidity and The Spice Girls (duh). Tommy’s unique tone and personality evince a positive response to hardship within the LGBT+ community, and his use of platform to promote love and equality demonstrate his rightful place in the limelight. This responsibility that our idols and icons alike have to enact change and project positive messages cannot be understated in a world increasingly burdened by a cacophony of hatred. Elsewhere in the issue: Paul O'Grady declares war on Russia; Debbie Harry on why she considers herself 'unisex'; Geri Horner on her George Michael tribute; Jonny Pierce on his sexual awakening; Miles Yekinni on why the muslim and gay communities should be standing shoulder to shoulder; plus style, travel, culture and much more!