Lifetime Biopic Will Discuss Aaliyah’s Relationship With R. Kelly, But Will Do So With “The Utmost Respect”

June 23, 2014  |  

The Haughton family might have another big reason not to be so fond of this upcoming Lifetime biopic on Aaliyah’s life. As it turns out, the movie will cover Aaliyah’s relationship with R. Kelly (though that’s not what the movie will be centered around), something that the singer didn’t publicly discuss.

According to the New York Post’s Page Six, the biopic will deal with Aaliyah’s life from the age of 10, all the way up until her death at the age of 22. So with that time frame, they will cover the brief time in her life when she married her mentor at the age of 15, and the annulment of that marriage.

Executive Producer Debra Martin Chase told the Post that the movie will discuss that controversial time, but those behind it plan to tell her story with “the utmost respect.”

“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.”

Of course, we told you late last week that the family finally put out a statement expressing their disappointment with the biopic going forward, and their plans to try and stop it:

Disregarding the families and dishonoring the legacies of celebrated figures who have passed on, big networks want to exploit their stories for a buck. We’re here to make it clear that it’s not okay!

Lifetime Television is trying to dictate the status of our heroes, our heroines and – in this case – our beloved Aaliyah. We implore everyone to call Lifetime Television, send emails and bombard social media so they know we demand respect for our cultural icons.

But what do you think? Is telling that part of her life without the family’s input going a little too far? Or should it be shared?


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