It was just over a week ago when Zendaya announced her departure from the upcoming Aaliyah biopic, having clearly stated that her exit from the movie wasn’t because of the mean and hateful comments that came her way.
If you’ve been following the story, Zendaya received nothing but hatred after it was confirmed she was set to play the singer who tragically passed away in an airplane crash in the Bahamas.
Many thought the actress’ skin color was much too light to play the role, while others said she didn’t speak or look like Aaliyah — people were extremely picky when it came to who they wanted as their Aaliyah for the movie. But then again you can’t please everybody, right?
So much to say that Zendaya has stressed her point of view again, clearing up rumors that she departed the role because of negativity that came her way, when in fact she decided to quit the biopic over the lack of production that wouldn’t have been up to the right standards.
“The reason I chose not to do the Aaliyah movie had nothing to do with the haters or people telling me I couldn’t do it… [that] I wasn’t talented enough or black enough. It had absolutely nothing to do with that,” she says.
The “production value wasn’t there, there were complications with the music rights, and I just felt like it wasn’t being handled delicately considering the situation.”
Her replacement, Alexandra Shipp, has since been cast for the Aaliyah role and fans have taken her on much better than they did with Zendaya. At least from what we’ve seen.
Nevertheless, Zendaya isn’t a hater — she congratulated Alexandra for the opportunity to showcase her own talent, adding: “I only hope that she doesn’t have to deal with half the hate I’ve had to deal with.”