With Aaliyah being such an iconic figure Aaliyah fans are questioning every detail about her highly anticipated upcoming biopic. Yesterday, news broke that details surrounding the singer’s love affair with R. Kelly will be featured in the film. Page Six tells us:
The 1990s diva — who was tragically killed in a 2001 plane crash when she was just 22 — was alleged to have secretly, illegally married her mentor Kelly in 1994 when she was 15 and he was 27.
Though the couple denied the union, a marriage certificate was eventually revealed that falsely listed Aaliyah’s age as 18.
The marriage was reportedly annulled by her parents. The movie, starring Disney star Zendaya and based on a biography by Christopher John Farley, will cover Aaliyah’s life from 10 years old to her death at 22.
As you may have already heard Aaliyah’s family isn’t 100% on board with the film which is why Teyana Taylor pulled out after she had auditioned for the role. Aaliyah’s family believes that her life is worth more than a Lifetime production and thinks that she should have the big screen treatment just as Selena, Ray Charles, Notorius B.I.G etc. In a statement released to TMZ, Aaliyah’s uncle, Barry Hankerson, had this to say:
…The family is pissed that no one from the network contacted them about the movie.
Hankerson says the family will block any attempt on Lifetime’s part to use any of Aaliyah’s music. He says the family has hired a lawyer and will do everything they can to block release of the flick.
Executive producer Debra Martin Chase assures us that:
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. Above all else, it’s our hope to inspire an entirely new generation with her music and larger-than-life talent.