Whitney Houston’s family has a very simple message to her fans: “please let her rest.”
That’s the plea Whitney’s mother, Cissy Houston, made Tuesday (July 22) while condemning Lifetime’s upcoming biopic about her daughter, “I Will Always Love You: The Whitney Houston Story.”
"Lifetime has chosen to go ahead with the movie about Whitney in spite of my family's objections, Cissy said in a statement to Entertainment Tonight. “No one connected with this movie knew Whitney or anything about her relationship with Bobby [Brown].”
While the late icon’s fans have been eagerly anticipating the Angela Bassett-directed film, her family has not been happy about it. Whitney and Bobby’s daughter, Bobbi Kristina, has already voiced her disapproval via comments on Twitter that have since been deleted.
Former America’s Next Top Model contestant Yaya DaCosta will play the role of Whitney, while Arien Escarpeta will play Bobby.
Although Bassett co-starred with Houston in “Waiting to Exhale,” the family feels as though the film won’t be an authentic account of their beloved Whitney.
"In the two years since Whitney's death, many people have stepped forward to speak about their close relationship with her,” Cissy continued. “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."
“I Will Always Love You: The Whitney Houston Story” is set to premiere on Lifetime next year.