If you’re not in support of Lifetime’s upcoming Aaliyah biopic, this news won’t make the film any more appealing. The movie, which features Zendaya Coleman in the lead role, will address the late singer’s illegal relationship with R. Kelly.
As most Aaliyah fans know, the singer married R. Kelly when she was 15 and he was 27. It was also rumored that she got pregnant with Kelly’s child at that age. A marriage certificate surfaced that fraudulently listed Aaliyah’s age at 18, and the marriage was later annulled by Aaliyah’s parents.
“Aaliyah’s personal and professional relationship with R. Kelly will be explored with care in the film as we set out to depict her life with the utmost respect,” said the biopic’s executive producer, Debra Martin Chase. “Above all else, it’s our hope to inspire an entirely new generation with her music and larger-than-life talent.”
The film, which is slated to film this summer and premiere in the Fall, will cover Aaliyah’s life from age 10 to 22. It will be interesting to see how the producers handle her relationship with R. Kelly. What do you think of their decision to incorporate that controversial part of Aaliyah’s life in the film?