Lifetime’s upcoming movie chronicling the life of Aaliyah will include details of her relationship with R. Kelly, producer Deborah Martin Chase tells Page Six.
The movie—which has already gotten backlash surrounding the casting of Disney star Zendaya as Aaliyah—will delve into the relationship between the Brooklyn-born singer and R. Kelly. The two allegedly married in 1994 when Aaliyah was 15 and Kelly 27.
Although the pair denied the union, a marriage certificate was later revealed that falsely listed Aaliyah’s age as 18. The marriage was reportedly annulled by her 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 Martin Chase. “Above all else, it’s our hope to inspire an entirely new generation with her music and larger-than-life talent.”