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‘Empire’ Star Says Her Character Tiana Is NOT Based On Teyana Taylor

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Will the real Tiana and Hakeem please stand up?!

Just days ago, Iman Shumpert claimed that characters from the hit show Empire were carbon copies of him, and his girlfriend, Teyana Taylor.

And while Tiana and Hakeem Lyon may vaguely resemble the NBA player and the singer, HipHollywood can confirm that the Empire characters were inspired by a few famous folks, but definitely not Shumpert and Taylor.

HH caught up with Empire actress Serayah McNeill, who plays Tiana on the FOX drama, and she revealed who her character is actually based on. “I talked to writers and I talked to producers about my character and about exactly what their view was and they mentioned people, but they didn’t mention them,” the talented singer stated. “They mentioned Rihanna, Beyonce … powerful women in the industry,” McNeill continued.

Iman has since backtracked on his statements and no longer believes Tiana and Hakeem Lyon are replicas. But the simple fact that he even considered that notion is hilarious.

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