Over the years, Keshia Chanté has always been billed for the lead role in the Aaliyah biopic. She previously ditched the role out of respect for Aaliyah’s family and repeated those same sentiments in a recent Instagram post.

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Despite turning down the role, Kesha still has love for her girl Zendaya Coleman who was selected to take on the role instead.

She writes:

Now regarding the Aaliyah film, I just want to say Thank You all for the outpouring of love & support. You guys went so hard!! It’s really touching to know that you root for me! Words can’t even express. But this particular project just wasn’t for me. After learning more about the situation & how the Haughton family truly felt, I just didn’t feel like it was right. But at the end of the day, this is just one, of what will be many movies on Babygirl’s life. So maybe one day, if it’s the right circumstance, timing & I get the blessing, I’ll choose to be a part of something. Until then, keep #Aaliyah’s legacy alive & positive! And support my girl Zendaya who is just living out her dreams & working hard to do so! xo KC