Two weeks after Lifetime’s biopic on Whitney Houston aired, her daughter, Bobbi Kristina Brown, was found unconscious in a bathtub Saturday. The 21-year-old remains hospitalized, reportedly in a medically induced coma. Some now wonder if the Angela Bassett-directed film, starring Yaya Acosta, was one of the factors that led to Brown’s incident.
“Just thought about the movie that came out, and this is no disrespect to Angela Bassett because I love Angela Bassett, but this unauthorized biography of her mom must have killed her,” actress and “View” co-host Rosie Perez said, according to the U.K.’s Daily Mail.
She quickly caught herself and said that was “terrible phrasing,” then continued. “It must have hurt her deeply to watch that. We forget these people are human beings. We put them into the tabloids and we forget they're human beings.”
Perez wasn’t the only one who thought “Whitney” had made a strong impression on Brown. “Would you not think that would affect you?” family friend Debbie Antney told Extra TV. “That baby has not stood a chance since she was conceived, just about. She was talked about, ridiculed. All the people that had all those things to say about her ... that’s a baby, a 21-year-old baby. To have to constantly listen to things, and to still have to deal with the death of her mom, and every five minutes they are posting something about her mother ... and never anything good,” she said.
In truth, Brown was displeased when she learned Bassett had cast Acosta; she felt she would have been the appropriate person to portray her mother. In a July Twitter rant, Brown viciously attacked Bassett and said she was on her way for an Oscar or Grammy, whichever came first. The messages were later deleted.
Stories continue to surface while Brown remains on life support and the latest claims that she and self-proclaimed husband Nick Gordon wanted to start a family. “My husband and I are trying now,” a message acquired from Radar Online read.
“I’m 21 years old and will be 22 March 4,” she wrote to a friend, according to Radar. “Living on my own with MY husband and working my a** off in the studio and acting and doing as my mother taught me to do, is be a young women [sic].” She continued about her late mother: “She would want me to be independent.”
Brown’s bathtub incident is eerily similar to her mother’s. Houston was found dead after she accidentally drowned in a tub in her guest room at the Beverly Hilton, in Beverly Hills, California, on Feb. 11, 2012. Heart disease and cocaine use were listed at contributing factors to her death. She was 48.
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