Nina Simone's Daughter Comes to Zoe Saldana's Defense

Nina Simone's Daughter Comes to Zoe Saldana's Defense After

Nina Simone's family might not be that mad at Zoe Saldana after all. 

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The late singer's daughter is now claiming she didn't know the tweet bashing Saldana over her portrayal of Simone was ever sent. To refresh your memories, the tweet read ".@zoesaldana Cool story but please take Nina's name out of your mouth. For the rest of your life."

In an interview with TimeLisa Simone Kelly said she had no idea the tweet was sent from the verified Twitter account for her mother's estate because the family has a friend that has managed the official website and Facebook page for years. 

“It’s unfortunate that Zoe Saldana is being attacked so viciously when she is someone who is part of a larger picture,” Kelly said. “It’s clear she brought her best to this project, but unfortunately she’s being attacked when she’s not responsible for any of the writing or the lies.”

Kelly is making it clear that she has nothing against Saldana but she disapproves of the film as a whole especially because it doesn't accurately depict the relationship between Simone and her manager, Clifton Henderson, played by David Oyelowo

"The movie is about a relationship between my mother and Clifton, which never took place. They never had an amorous relationship," said Kelly, adding that Henderson is gay. “The project has been tainted from the very beginning. Clearly, it is not the truth about my mother’s life, and everyone now knows that. This is not how you want your loved ones remembered.”

For the role, Saldana does wear a prosthetic nose and dark makeup. Simone's daughter told Time her family is "not upset with Zoe" but don't think she was the right choice because of her appearance. 

"There are many superb actresses of color who could more adequately represent my mother and could bring her to the screen with the proper script, the proper team and a sense of wanting to bring the truth of my mother’s journey to the masses," said Kelly. “And Nina, in my opinion, doesn’t do any of that.”

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Saldana has remained very quiet during this whole thing but we are happy to see Kelly clearing up some up of the shade surrounding the whole situation.