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This feels right.
I'd like to it -- -- and -- for the honor of being here for.
Everybody in their church treating my wife and I -- so gracefully.
Gonna say some.
Stories maybe some of me you know maybe some of -- you don't.
I wrote them down as I didn't want -- I don't wanna miss anything.
The song I will always love you.
It was -- supposed to be in the movie.
The first choice was going to be what becomes of a broken heart.
But it had been out the year before and then another movie and we felt that it wouldn't have the impact.
So we couldn't use it.
So what becomes of our broken hearts.
When he returns home today.
To the place where it all began.
And I urge us all inside and outside across the nation around the world to.
Dry our tears.
Suspend our sorrow.
And perhaps our anger.
Just long enough.
Just long enough to remember this -- miracle -- me.
Never forgetting -- just -- and Bobbi Kristina -- among us.
Your mother and I have a lot in common.
I know many at this moment are thinking.
She's a girl you're a boy and you're white.
We heard you like to sing.
But our sister could releasing.
So what am -- talking about.
Kevin Costner and many Houston -- don't have anything in common at all.
We'd be wrong about that.
We both grew up in the Baptist Church.
Wasn't as big -- this.
My grandmother played the piano.
And she led the choir.
And her two daughters my mom and my aunt both saying and it.
The rest of my family uncles aunts and cousins said every Sunday out front and watched.
My earliest memories are tied to that old church and Paramount.
Remember seeing a gold shovel gone to the ground people praying about it and thinking wamp.
Something big was gonna go here.
And I watched my father.
And the rest of the men build it from the ground up.
I was probably four years old and seemed to be always in the way.
I wanted to help.
I wanted to be in on the action.
-- of the -- -- down a red line.
Where the choir would be standing one day and said.
As many emails as you -- wrong.
-- in this line.
I always took great comfort in watching my mom and and seen.
Knowing that they were never -- -- that floor.
Where I had worked.
The church was.
The center of our social life and Whitney and I would laugh knowing it was also the place where he could get really get into big trouble.
Especially when you're allowed to sit with your friends and not your parents.
In the big church.
I remember more than once being pulled from the pew.
For whispering in passing notes.
I don't believe my feet ever hit before as my father called me outside in front of everyone.
I believe even the preacher.
Prayed for me.
-- favorite story of mine was -- sneaking into the church kitchen after communion.
I like the little glasses of great issues.
That we're left over.
I like how they felt in my hand.
I couldn't have been over six at the time but I would lean against the table and one by one I would not come back.
Having some imaginary conversation with someone.
My father was the one who found me again and -- what I was doing.
I told him I was a cowboy.
-- that I was drinking whiskey.
I don't think my feet touch the floor that day.
It was easy for us to laugh.
The church was what we knew.
It was our private bond.
I can see -- in my own mind running around here is a skinny little girl.
Knowing every one everyone's business.
Knowing every inch of this place.
I can also see her in trouble too.
Trying to use that beautiful smile trying to talk her way out of it.
Insists -- not having any of it.
Mostly that -- church for good ones for us and we both remembered how are parents tried to explain god.
And the plan he had for our lives.
And we agreed that there was just feeling this promise that is if somehow we listen carefully God's voice would.
Which somehow come to us.
I told -- that I always -- god I was gonna ask me to be a preacher.
I wasn't sure how much fun -- had.
Whitney told me she wasn't worried at all and she was -- for no whispered.
She told god she's gonna be like a -- on.
Like her famous cousin -- Like her beautiful mother Sissy.
There can be little doubt in this room that she is join their ranks.
And as the debate heats up this century and it surely -- About the greatest singer of the last century.
As a list are strong.
You'll have little meaning to me.
If her name is not on it.
But it sure as I am about Whitney's place in musical history I'm just -- sure she came home.
From the first time she took center stage here.
As a teenager.
Flush with the excitement of knowing that -- exceeded everyone's expectations.
And -- some promise of what was to come home but still -- to hear from her mother.
About how she was received.
Where she could -- Could I have done better.
That they really like me.
Are they just being polite because they were scared -- -- -- These are the private questions that -- would always have.
That would always follow her.
At the height of her -- as -- singer I asked you to be my costar on a movie called the body guard.
I thought she was the perfect choice.
But the red flags came out immediately.
Maybe I should think this over -- I was reminded that this would be her first acting all.
We could also think about another singer.
Was a suggestion.
Maybe somebody why.
Nobody ever said it out loud.
But it was a fair question.
It was up there would be a lot riding on this.
May be a more experienced actress was the -- ago.
It was clear.
I really had a -- -- this.
I told everyone that I had taken notice what Whitney was black.
The only problem was I thought she was perfect for what we were trying to do.
There was a bit of a relief in the room when we found out that Whitney.
Was going to be on tour and she wouldn't be available for our movie.
The anxiety came right back.
When I said we should postpone and wait a year.
That was a lot for the studio to.
And to their credit they did.
But not without a screen test.
Would have to earn it.
That was -- first time I saw the doubt.
The -- creep into her that she.
Would not be hand -- the part.
She would have to be great the day of the test -- and I went and her trailer after the hair and makeup people were done.
-- was scare.
Arguably the biggest pop star in the world wasn't sure she was good enough.
She didn't think she looked right.
There were a thousand things to -- that seemed wrong.
I held her hand and told that she looked beautiful.
I told -- that I would be with her every step of the way.
That everyone there want her to succeed.
But I could still feel the down.
I wanted to -- that the game was rigged.
That I didn't care how the tests weren't.
That she could fall down -- start speaking in tongues.
That somehow I would find a way to explain it.
As an extraordinary acting choice.
And we can expect more to follow.
And gee weren't we lucky.
To have her.
But that wouldn't have been fair.
It would have been fair to launch Kasten who's written the screenplay fifteen years earlier.
You wouldn't have been fair to my partners are Warner Bros.
And it wasn't the right signal to send -- Whitney.
She took it all and asked me if she could have a few minutes by ourself and would meet me on the set.
I was sure she was -- And after about twenty minutes later she came out.
We hadn't said four lines.
When we had to stop.
The lights were turned off.
And I walked quickly off the set and -- her room.
She wanted to know what was wrong.
And I needed to know what she'd done during those twenty minutes.
She said nothing.
Can only -- way that she could.
So -- turn around so that she could see yourself in the mirror and she -- All the make up on Whitney's face was running.
It was streaking down her face.
And she was devastated.
She didn't feel I can make up we put on -- was enough.
Sure -- like that often put on the make -- that she was used to wearing in her music videos.
It was much thicker.
In the hot lights of melted it.
She -- if anyone had -- seeing should anyone -- saw.
I said I didn't think so.
It happened so quick.
She seems so small.
And -- at that moment.
And I asked her why she did it.
She said I just wanted to look my best.
It's a tree we can all hang from.
The unexplainable burden that comes with fame.
Call it doubt call it fear.
I've had mine.
And I know the famous in the room.
We've had there's.
I asked her to trust me and she said she will it.
How far later she went back into -- -- screen test.
In the studio fell in love with -- To Whitney I knew despite her success and worldwide fame still -- in my good enough.
In my pretty enough -- will they like me.
It was the burden that -- great.
And -- part to cost -- to stumble in the end.
Where the if you could hear me now I would tell you.
You weren't just good enough.
You -- great.
-- saying the whole damn song without -- band.
He made the picture what it was.
Lot of leading man could have played my part.
A lot of guys.
Lot of guys could fill that role.
But you Whitney I truly believe that you're the only one that could have played Rachel -- at that time.
You aren't just pretty.
Here is beautiful also -- could be.
And people didn't just like you Whitney.
They loved you.
How was your pretend body -- -- not so long ago.
And now you're gone.
Too soon leaving us with memories.
Memories of a little girl who stepped bravely in front of this church.
In front of the ones that loved you first.
In front of the ones -- loved you best.
And loved you the longest.
Then boldly stepped into the white -- light of the world stage.
And what you did as the rarest of achievements.
You set the bar so high.
That professional singers.
Your own colleagues.
They don't want -- seeing that little country song.
What would be the point.
Now -- only one who sing your songs are young girls like you.
We're dreaming of being you some day.
Minnesota you Bobbi Kristina and true.
All those young girls who are dreaming that dream.
That may be thinking.
They are good enough.
I think when he would tell you.
And guard to precious miracle of your own life.
And then seeing your hearts out.
Knowing that there's a lady and -- -- who's making god himself wonder.
How he created something so perfect.
So off you go when they.
Off you go.
Escorted by an army of angels.
To your heavenly father.
When you saying beforehand don't you worry.
You'll be good enough.
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