"I'm glad the Lifetime project is finished," said Cissy Houston, Whitney Houston's mother, who recently spoke out about the film and how it was made without the iconic singer's family's participation. "I hope from now on her fans will keep her child, [Bobbi Kristina Brown], in their prayers, and I hope people will let my child rest."
A Houston family friend spilled more details, People magazine reports.
"The family is not happy about this project," the source told the magazine. "Bobby [Brown] and Whitney had a complicated relationship. I don't even think their loved ones understood it. So, for people who didn't know them to take on what, to some extent, dishonors them — and their relationship — that is the most hurtful. I think everyone would agree that they had a complicated relationship, but they loved each other. It's hard to think that people who love her would do a Lifetime movie about her. They are promoting it as a real-life story and maybe that is the most offensive — the relationship was so complicated, and so for them to take that on is difficult for the family."
Whitney Houston died suddenly in 2012. The film stars Yaya DaCosta and reportedly doesn't shy away from telling the story of Houston's tumultuous relationship with Bobby Brown or her drug use.
But the Houston family friend said the story might not be accurate, adding, "It's a love story with Bobby and Whitney done by people who didn't know either one of them."
Whitney airs tonight at 8/7c on Lifetime.
Will you watch the premiere tonight? Do you expect it to be an accurate portrayal of Whitney Houston's life? Or do you think it will dishonor her memory like her family says? Head to the comments and share your thoughts.
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