Aaliyah’s family was already mad about Lifetime’s planned biopic; now, producers plan to include R.Kelly in the story.
The New York Post reports the Lifetime will cover Aaliyah’s life from the age of 10 to 22, when she tragically died in a plane crash after shooting her video for “Rock The Boat.” According to that timeline, her involvement with R.Kelly would need to be touched up in the story.
Despite the fact that he is 12 years her senior, Aaliyah supposedly married R.Kelly in 1994. She was 15 years old at the time, but a marriage certificate listed her age as 18. Her parents broke up the union with annulment shortly after their marriage came to light.
It’s obviously a sensitive subject, but Lifetime plans to be delicate about it.
“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,” executive producer Debra Martin told the Post. “Above all else, it’s our hope to inspire an entirely new generation with her music and larger-than-life talent.”
This could just be one more reason for Aaliyah’s family to protest the TV movie. Days before this news broke, the Haughtons released a statement to express their view that a biopic on TV is insufficient to honor her legacy.
“Aaliyah was more than a singer, she was -and is still – an American music icon whose legacy continues to live on and influence today’s music culture, just as Ray Charles, Notorious B.I.G., Selena and Johnny Cash,” they wrote. “Considering the magnitude of her fans’ affection alone, she deserves to have a tribute much more grand than a television network [film].”
The Haughtons also called out Lifetime for going directly against their wishes as her family.
“We’re here to make it clear that it’s not okay!” Aaliyah’s family asserted. “We will not sit idly by while they misrepresent and reap profits from our luminaries. There is more at stake than the public could imagine.”
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