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Producer Debra Martin Chase says Aaliyah’s relationship with R.Kelly “will be explored with care”

It came as quite a shock to fans when they learned 17-year-old Disney star Zendaya Coleman would fulfill Aaliyah’s role in the new Lifetime biopic. Filming has yet to begin and controversy is continuously brewing. Producer Debra Martin Chase told PageSix that the movie chronicling the late R&B singer will include the forbidden relationship she had with R. Kelly. Aaliyah allegedly married Kelly when she was just 15 and when he was 27. Both crooners denied the union however, a marriage license surfaced falsely listing Aaliyah’s age as 18; her parents reportedly annulled the marriage.

Chase told PageSix,

“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.”