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Whitney Houston’s Estate Releases Statement Ahead Of Lifetime Biopic Premiere

Ahead of the premiere of the Whitney Lifetime biopic, the family of the late singer released a statement regarding the project. Written by Pat Houston, the president of the estate and Whitney Houston’s sister-in-law, it warns audiences to “brace yourself for the worst.” Arguing that the film was made without the involvement of the Houstons, the open letter also claims that advance copies of the film were denied to “selected members of the family.”

Read an excerpt from Pat Houston’s statement regarding Whitney biopic below:

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I say this to all Whitney's family, friends and fan base: If you watch this movie, watch it knowing that Lifetime is notorious for making bad biopics of deceased celebrities and brace yourself for the worst. You should not be surprised that someone decided to do a made for TV biopic. And, I might add, without the family's blessing and despite her mother's request to not do this movie. It happens every day. But misrepresenting the term friendship to advance an agenda is not only disrespectful and dishonest but a slap in the face to her true and loyal friends. You should expect people will always rise to the occasion for prominence and profit – not love, respect or honor. I question the morality of the making of this because of the lack of experience knowing Whitney's life. Never would Whitney allow her story to be told by an inexperienced team and how naive of anyone to think otherwise, unless you're caught up in illusions of grandeur that you can just do anything and people will accept it. This made for TV movie is certainly not a trailer to Whitney's life story.

Continue reading the statement here. Whitney premieres tonight (Jan. 17) on Lifetime.

Photo Credit: Whitney Houston Official Website

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