Most of the noise against the film was coming from directly from Whitney’s daughter Bobbi Kristina. However, on Tuesday, Whitney’s mother, Cissy Houston, told Entertainment Tonight exclusively that the family is “exhausted” by the “continuing misinformation and comments offered by people who did not know her,” and pleaded with fans to “please let her rest.”
“Lifetime has chosen to go ahead with the movie about Whitney in spite of my family’s objections. No one connected with this movie knew Whitney or anything about her relationship with Bobby,” she said in a statement to ET. “In the two years since Whitney’s death, many people have stepped forward to speak about their close relationship with her. I find it difficult to believe people who knew and supposedly loved her would participate in a movie about her done by folks who didn’t know her. We are exhausted by the continuing misinformation and comments offered by people who did not know her. Please, please let her rest.”
Directed by actress Angela Bassett, the biopic will feature Houston’s music, but will not be sung by her — R&B singer Deborah Cox will provide the vocals for her hit songs, as we’ve already reported.
Of course before she had a problem with the film, Bobbi Kristina, 21, had wanted to play her mother, but Bassett wasn’t having it and cast former “America’s Next Top Model” contestant and actress Yaya DaCosta to play the late singer.