106 & Park’s Keshia Chante finally broke her silence on Wednesday morning regarding not being cast as Aaliyah in Lifetime’s forthcoming biopic.
“I just want to say Thank You all for the outpouring of love & support. You guys went so hard!! It’s really touching to know that you root for me! Words can’t even express. But this particular project just wasn’t for me,” Chante wrote on Instagram.
The host continued, “After learning more about the situation & how the Haughton family truly felt, I just didn’t feel like it was right. But at the end of the day, this is just one, of what will be many movies on Babygirl’s life. So maybe one day, if it’s the right circumstance, timing & I get the blessing, I’ll choose to be a part of something. Until then, keep #Aaliyah‘s legacy alive & positive! And support my girl Zendaya who is just living out her dreams & working hard to do so! xo KC.”
Although Chante was reportedly in the running to star in the movie, it was later announced that 17-year-old, Zendaya would play Aaliyah in the film, which will chronicle the late singer’s rise to fame and tragic death. The Disney star faced some hefty backlash after being tapped to play the singer, but Zendaya is not worried about the haters and critics.
“I auditioned like anyone else and I worked really hard because it’s someone I love and I admire and if you want it done right, you have to do it yourself,” Zendaya told HH exclusively. “She also wanted people to understand that no matter what, this movie will be made and it’s all about honoring Aaliyah’s legacy. “This movie is going to be made one way or another and I think it should be made in the best possible way to show her beauty.”
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