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Thursday August 9, 2012 would have been Whitney Houston’s 49th birthday. In this interview with the cast of Sparkle, Jordin Sparks shares how the bond she shared with the late icon in the film became real.

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“I literally meant it when I told her that I loved her,” Jordin told  “We were talking in the scene and it was me as the girl that grew up idolizing her and got to know her over those couple of months saying that to her. So it definitely got to be more personal.”

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