During a recent interview with the New York Daily News, Sparks recalls her initial plans of walking the Grammy Awards red carpet alongside Houston before receiving the news from her publicist.
“It was my publicist, who told me, ‘Whitney’s gone.’ I said, ‘What do you mean? Did she leave the hotel already?’ And she said, ‘No — Whitney’s passed.’ I was so shocked I couldn’t even move,” she said.
“I didn’t know what to do. I didn’t go to the Grammys that night, and I canceled a lot of appearances after that. I didn’t want people asking me about her. I just didn’t think it was my place to say anything.”
“I ended up being secluded; I cut myself off for a couple of months. I was just crying,” the “American Idol” winner continued. “I was so devastated. And I’d only known her for the two months we worked together. I can’t imagine how her family and friends who had known her for a long time felt. She was very loved.”
“Part of the fun of making this movie is definitely the costumes and the hairstyles,” she said to People Magazine in January. “The movie is set in 1963, and we had a great wardrobe, hair and makeup person and I loved wearing the outfits.”