Less than two weeks after Lifetime announced that Zendaya Coleman would be taking the lead role in the network’s upcoming Aaliyah biopic, the network was forced to make another announcement that she had pulled out of the role, but did not explain why.
There was much speculation as to why she pulled out of the production, including the beliefs that the negative responses to the Disney actress taking the role became too much for her. Zendaya’s dad, Kazembe Ajamu, however, took to Twitter to set the record straight.
“Let me be perfectly clear!” he started a series of tweets. “Zendaya did not drop out of the movie because of haters and people who said she wasn’t black enough.”
“In fact, they only fueled her fire to kill this role,” he continued. “However, the production value was very important to her and it had to be done right. Issues around production are what caused Zendaya to pull out of this project.”
Kazembe ended his tweets by stating that despite Zendaya pulling out of the production, he is confident that his daughter would have been perfect for the role.
“Zendaya would have been an amazing Aaliyah because she’s a true professional who would have embodied and studied the character and brought Aaliyah to life on the screen!!! #hatersgonehate #stepback.”
Well, there you have it. Papa has spoken!
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