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Ever since the announcement was made that Zendaya Coleman had been replaced with Alexandra Shipp on Friday; One of the main questions lingering in some people’s mind was: “What happened with Zendaya?”.  Well, she has definitely laid out her reasoning on making her decision via her Instagram videos.

The Disney star better known as “Simply Zendaya” said that her decision wasn’t based on her not being “talented enough” or “black enough.”

“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,” she said.

She really made her point clear by saying: she didn’t feel “morally okay moving forward with the project” after she was unable to get in contact with the singer’s family.

“Basically, I just felt that because I love her, and because I respect her so much as an artist, I don’t want to do anything that’s half or anything that’s less for her,” She told reporters at the BET Awards last month. “I felt like some things with the production weren’t all the way there, the project wasn’t all the way there. If I’m going to do something for someone I care about so much, I have to do it the right way.”


Wendy Williams is the Executive Producer for the Biopic and she also spoke her piece about Zendaya Leaving the Biopic. She was actually very disappointed and seemingly doubtful that the biopic could even continue. Even going so far as to say “Lifetime Do Something”. Since the airing of that Wendy Williams episode where she speaks on this situation, the video clip has been taken down.


Hopefully, things are back on track now that they have cast Alexandra Shipp as Aaliyah. This is still a controversial situation but hope still is in the air.  The biopic can very well still be released in the Fall.

Story By: Marquita Cheron