Houston Family No-Shows for ‘Whitney’ Premiere

Premiere Of Lifetime's "Whitney" - Red Carpet

The date is drawing near and while we anxiously await  the Angela Bassett-directed Lifetime premiere of Whitney, a few lucky folks received first dibs of the project, Tuesday.

Bassett was joined by stars Yaya DaCosta, Arlen Escarpeta (Bobby Brown) and a long-list of A-listers as they gathered for the screening of Whitney at the Paley Center for Media, in California.

While everyone wore smiles, it didn’t go without notice that Whitney Houston’s family were no-shows at the premiere.

Quite interesting, being that it has been stated before that Bassett received the family’s blessing and that they trusted her vision for the film.

Is static brewing again?

If you recall, early on, Houston’s daughter Bobbi Kristina slammed Bassett in an one-sided twitter feud for not considering her to play the role of her mother.

Bassett eloquently responded as to why Bobbi Kristina was not considered for the role and assured that the family was extended an invitation to be a part of the project from the beginning but declined.

Maybe there is no drama. It could very well be that the biopic premiere was held in close vicinity to the Beverly Hilton hotel, where Whitney drowned in 2012.  That could certainly still be traumatic to the family.

Who knows?  But our question is: will you be watching?

“Whitney” premieres on Lifetime, January 17 at 8p.m. ET and marks the Oscar-nominated actress’ directorial debut.