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Exclusive: Alexandra Shipp On R. Kelly Story Line In Aaliyah Biopic: “We Are Talking About Love”

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As fans anticipate the premiere of Lifetime’s forthcoming biopic, Aaliyah: The Princess of R&B, questions continue to arise about how in depth the film will go regarding the late singer’s relationship with singer and producer, R. Kelly.

HipHollywood recently caught up with the film’s star, Alexandra Shipp to talk about tackling the controversial storyline. “We went pretty detailed, but to be honest with you, and any adult whose ever been in a relationship can tell you this, no one knows what goes in your relationship except you and that other person. We tackled it as much as we possibly could,” she said.

Shipp continued, “Sadly, Aaliyah has passed on and R. Kelly doesn’t want to talk about it, which is understandable. That was his relationship. For us, we obviously had to talk about it because it’s something she went through in her life and he was a huge part of her life and a huge part of her career taking off … In the beginning, R. Kelly was there for her and he wasn’t just a producer, he was a friend. So we had to show that.”

She added,”It’s nothing salacious. It’s not like there are crazy sex scenes or anything like that. This is a movie we are making about this woman’s life, not about any of that other stuff. It’s not like that all. We are talking about love.”

Aaliyah Dana Haughton, the late singer’s legal name, married R. Kelly in 1994 at the age of 15. The marriage was annulled by her parents just one year later.

Aaliyah: The Princess of R&B is set to premiere on November 15 on Lifetime.

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  1. Q

    November 17, 2014 at 1:31 AM

    How dare she just write off pedophilia as a relationship??

    “THAT was his relationship?” NOOOOO… SHE was his victim! We are talking a bout love between a 14 yr old and 27 year old…REALLY??!!!

    Then this simple fame-hungry child really said he was just there for her “Until SHE took it to a whole ‘mother level?” I don’t think she understands how sexual predators work. This very rich, famous, and powerful man manipulated a young talented girl…PERIOD. Do you really believe that early 90s R.Kelly couldn’t have and find plenty of women to get to know and fall in love with!? Have she never researched this monster’s past?

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‘Annihilation’s’ Leading Ladies Use Intense Military Training As Bonding Experience

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Annihilation is one hell of a visually stunning sci-fi film with five female leads on an expedition to uncover the mysterious phenomenon that is expanding across the American coastline.

For Natalie Portman, Tessa Thompson and Gina Rodriguez, the film, which also lends a voice to what is being called the year of the woman, dressing in head to toe military gear and going through tactical training was a bonding experience.

“”t was really fun. It’s weird to say that. But to have all these women in military training together, where we had to do these exercises … it was a great bonding experience with each other.” Portman told us.

And although the women had the opportunity to use real guns, firearms is not something the ladies of Hollywood advocate. “I’m anti gun to be honest,” Rodriguez said. “I say no guns. There’s no reason for people to have guns especially when you have these,” she said while holding up her firsts.

This past week Gina has been very vocal via social media about gun legislation and the idea behind policy and change following the tragic high school massacre an Parkland, Florida.
Annihilation, also starring Oscar Isaac, hits theaters on February 23.
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