29 June 2014 9:51 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

It didn’t take long for Zendaya to explain her reasoning for leaving Lifetime’s Aaliyah biopic, “Aaliyah: Princess of R&B.”

The Disney Channel actress and singer was set to star as Aaliyah, but it was announced Sunday that she was leaving the project. At the Bet Awards Sunday night, she opened up about why she decided to exit the telepic.

“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 on the red carpet. “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.”

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