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Zendaya Says She Was Not “Morally OK” Doing Aaliyah Movie, Fires Back At Haters

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Zendaya sets the record straight about why she left the Aaliyah biopic in a new series of Instagram videos taking aim at her haters and offering support to her replacement Alexandra Shipp.

In the clips posted on Friday, the actress explains, “The reason I chose not to do the Aaliyah movie had nothing to do with the haters or people telling me I couldn’t do it… [that] I wasn’t talented enough or black enough. It had absolutely nothing to do with that.”

Zendaya NOT Playing Aaliyah In Lifetime Movie

Truth rating: 10

Zendaya is not going to play Aaliyah in a new Lifetime movie, Gossip Cop has learned.

It was only two weeks ago that Lifetime announced Zandaya would star as Aaliyah, who was just 22 when she was killed in a plane crash in 2001.

Zendaya to Play Aaliyah in Lifetime Movie

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Zendaya is set to play Aaliyah in a new Lifetime movie.

This film, Aaliyah: Princess of R&B, will be based on the biography, Aaliyah: More Than a Woman.

Get the details here.

Bella Thorne: Sex Has To Be “Most Special, Beautiful Thing That Ever Happened”

Truth rating: 10
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Bella Thorne talks sex, body shaming, and her relationships with boyfriend Tristan Klier and co-star Zendaya in a new Seventeen cover interview.

“It needs to be the most special, beautiful thing that ever happened,” the actress says of sex. “It should be a decision you feel right about. If you don’t feel 100% about it, then it shouldn’t happen. It has to be something you want with your whole heart.”

WATCH: Disney Star Zendaya, 16, Amazes Judges on DWTS Premiere



Zendaya showed a maturity way beyond her 16 years on Monday’s “Dancing with the Stars” premiere.

The “Shake It Up” star — this season’s youngest contestant — wowed the judges with her contemporary dance, performed with partner Val Chmerkovskiy.

“That was amazing,” said Carrie Ann Inaba.

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