|Faith Evans is not pleased with the portrayal of her relationship with late rapper, Notorious B.I.G. in Lifetime’s new docu-series, “Hopelessly in Love.”|
The episode focusing on the former Bad Boy couple will air on January 10th. In the preview, the episode claims that “Faith Evans is ready to confront her pain and revisit the most intimate moments of their relationship . . . from their whirlwind engagement, to Biggie’s ongoing affairs with Lil’ Kim and Charli Baltimore, to the East Coast-West Coast rivalry that led to Tupac and Big’s deaths.”
However, Faith strongly disapproves of the way the network is choosing to market the show, refuting claims that is looking to speak on the controversy, much of which she has laid to rest.The 46-year-old singer told Page Six that the network presented the idea to her as a look into her personal life and career, as opposed to focusing on the highly publicized marriage that she had with the Brooklyn rapper up until his death in 1997.
“I feel upset that I’m attached to it. I was told that it would be a positive piece with a little more of my personal background. It wasn’t pitched to me as a story rehashing the sensationalized events that took place,” she explained.
She also criticizes Lifetime for revisiting the long documented beef between Biggie and Tupac Shakur, as well as her past feud with Lil Kim.
“The Tupac stuff, the different women — how many times are people going to talk about that? It was supposed to be a love story, and it turns into cheating and [Lil’] Kim. We’ve come so far past that. [Lifetime’s] all about drama,” Evans criticizes.
She also addressed how her former mother-in-law, Voletta Wallace, felt about the documentary.
“Ms. Wallace is pissed. Everyone was blindsided. She has worked very hard for his legacy to be acknowledged in a more positive light. He’s nominated for the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. This doc is taking steps backward.”
This is not the first time Lifetime has been accused of shady practices in regards to the way they film their docuseries and biopics. Andrea Kelly, ex-wife of R. Kelly, accused the network of using footage of her from Surviving R. Kelly in the sequel Surviving R. Kelly II: The Reckoning, which she refused to participate in. Lifetime also reportedly, allowed members of the cast to make false accusations and storylines about other individuals who refused to participate.
They also came under fire in 2015 with their Whitney Houstonbiopic, that did not use any of Houston’s original music, nor was her family involved. Not to mention the infamous Aaliyah biopic, none of her friends and family members approved of.
Lifetime has yet to respond to Evans claims.