Lifetime's original movie, Whitney, premiered this weekend and revisited old questions in the singer's personal life - mainly the buzz about her potential lesbian relationship with her close friend and assistant, Robyn Crawford, played by Yolanda Ross.
"I can't tell you," Basset told Entertainment Tonight. "There always has been [rumors] and they still persist and I don't know. But, there was always the speculation, so my thing was, let it remain. But it'd be however the audience sees it. If they read into it, that's what they read into [regarding] their life - two women who are close and love each other and support one another."
Michael Musto spoke to Yolanda Ross about her role, and how she saw her character's relationship to Whitney's, played by Yaya DaCosta. She said that the relationship was handled very delicately. "It was nothing that was ever confirmed, so it does end up being kind of like a love triangle between me and Bobby going for the affection of Whitney. When you're so close with somebody, it changes when somebody else is interesting to them."
But the lesbian rumors surrounding Houston aren't anything new. They swirled around the singer for a large part of her career and she even addressed them in a cover story forOut back in 2000.
"I ain't 'ho'-in. I ain't suckin' no dick. I ain't getting' on my knees. Something must be wrong: I can't just really sing. I can't just be a really talented, gifted person. She's gotta be gay." Houston was never one to pull punches when she was talking to the press, and her rumored lesbianism was no exception. "Listen, I took a lot of grief for shit that wasn't me, OK, 'cause I had friends, 'cause I was close to people," she says, eyes blazing and hands waving. "But that ain't me. I know what I am. I'm a mother. I'm a woman. I'm heterosexual. Period."
Read the full interview with Bassett, where she touches on her own lesbian rumors, at ETOnline.