Whitney Houston’s mother, Cissy Houston, is finally speaking out about the controversial Lifetime movie being made about her daughter’s life.
Cissy reveals she is “exhausted” by the constant misinformation surrounding Whitney — who passed away in 2012 — and pleaded with fans to “please let her rest.”
Lifetime announced they were making the biopic in May, which will chronicle the often volatile relationship between the singer and her former husband, Bobby Brown. It will serve as actress Angela Bassett‘s directorial debut.
“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,” Cissy 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,” the 80-year-old continued.
“We are exhausted by the continuing misinformation and comments offered by people who did not know her. Please please let her rest.”
Cissy is not the first family member to publicly speak out against the project. Whitney’s 21-year-old daughter Bobbi Kristina recently lashed out at Angela for not considering her when casting the movie.
While the film, slated to air next year, will feature the Grammy-winning artist’s music, R&B singer Deborah Cox will provide the vocals while former America’s Next Top Model contestant Yaya DaCosta will portray the late star.