Multi-platinum R&B singer Deborah Cox spoke out recently regarding her vocals in the Whitney Houston Lifetime movie. She also touched on Bobbi Kristina Brown, and prays for a miracle.
Cox is no stranger to making hit music. For over a decade, she’s released several smash hits, such as “Nobody’s Supposed to Be Here,” and “We Can’t Be Friends.” With a strong track record, it’s no surprise she was chosen to sing lead vocals on Houston’s biopic, Whitney, which aired in January on Lifetime.
Yet, not everyone applauded Cox for her efforts, including Whitney’s mom, Cissy Houston, who spoke out last July, pleading with Lifetime Network to let her daughter be.
“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 [Brown].”
However, Cox wasn’t didn’t get involved in the dispute between the Houston family and Lifetime while she re-recorded Whitney’s songs. In fact, she told US Weekly that she didn’t talk to the family regarding the movie.
“I didn’t hear anything from the family. There was something between Lifetime and the family that was a bit awkward. But all of us as a team wanted to make sure the music sounded authentic.”
Cox did admit, however, that there were different views and feelings of many people regarding the movie. However, she said she simply wanted to honor the late R&B and pop singer that touched so many lives.
“There was a lot of mixed feelings. It is a sensitive thing, but it’s a very complex situation. I really just wanted to honor her and this was a way to do that. I’ve always loved her music so it was a great tribute.”
Cissy Houston wasn’t the only family member to have issues with the movie. In June of last year, Bobbi Kristina Brown slammed Angela Bassett, the director of Whitney.
Bassett refused to cast the young Bobbi Kristina in the role of her mother, which sparked disagreements between the two. Although many felt that Bobbi would have been the best choice, since she knew her mother better than most people, Bassett indicated that she wanted someone with experience.
“I did not think about casting her. And probably for a number of reasons, you know. One being that she’s not an actress. I know she’s acted here and there. I know she’s been on their family’s reality show, but she’s not an actress and acting is a craft.”
Meanwhile, although Deborah Cox isn’t close with the Brown or Houston family, she is praying for a miracle for Bobbi Kristina. Cox stated that she thinks of the young reality show star often, and hopes for the best.
“It’s very sad. I’ve said my prayers. I hope for a miracle.”
Bobbi Kristina Brown remains in a coma that she hasn’t emerged from since January 31, after being found face-down in her bathtub. She’s currently getting treatment at Atlanta’s Dekalb Medical hospital, and family members are asking for continued prayers and support.
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