(AllHipHop News) Lifetime is set to premiere its Aaliyah Haughton biopic on November 15. The movie’s executive producer Wendy Williams revealed information about what parts of the late singer’s life will be covered in Aaliyah: The Princess of R&B.
“You see little Aaliyah grow up. You see when she first gets her record deal from her uncle Barry Hankerson. You see when she first meets Missy and Timbaland,” says Williams. “Aaliyah took a chance on working with Missy and Timbaland, because her uncle Barry and the record label wanted her to continue with her second album – which is platinum – working with R. Kelly.”
Aaliyah’s romantic relationship with Kelly was a major scandal in the early part of the “One In A Million” performer’s career. The two entertainers were secretly married in 1994 when Aaliyah was only 15 and Kelly was in his late 20’s. The marriage was eventually annulled. According to Wendy, the Aaliyah-R. Kelly situation will be heavily featured in the film.
“As promised you will see how she meets R. Kelly, what her father and mother’s reaction was to R. Kelly, when it ends with R. Kelly, how she moves on to Dame Dash,” explains Wendy. “But what you won’t see if the plane crash. I just thought that was distasteful.”
The film stars Alexandra Shipp as Aaliyah, Jackie Long as R. Kelly, Lyriq Bent as Barry Hankerson, and Elise Neal asGladys Knight. The Haughton family was not supportive of the movie being made.
Watch The Wendy Williams Show segment about Aaliyah: The Princess of R&B below.