A new Lifetime documentary about the relationship between Faith Evans and rapper The Notorious B.I.G. is set to debut next week, and is already drumming up controversy.
In the three-part docu-series, states Lifetime in its announcement, “each installment explores three of the most iconic and tragic celebrity love stories in pop culture history, Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes and Andre Rison; Faith Evans and The Notorious B.I.G.; and Anna Nicole Smith and Larry Birkhead. The authorized two-hour films tell the stories of their tumultuous love affairs through the eyes of the couple, including those partners still here today — Andre Rison, Faith Evans and Larry Birkhead — and those who knew them best.”
While Rison, Evans and Birkhead all participated in their respective documentaries, Evans is now coming forward to claim she was duped into believing the end result would be very different from what she alleges is a “sensational” documentary.
“I feel upset that I’m attached to it,” Evans, 46, tells Page Six. “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. I am beyond that and have no need to open old wounds, damage repaired relationships and, above all, soil the legacy of Christopher Wallace a. k. a. the Notorious B.I.G.,” she said.
A trailer for the doc series says 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.”
That, she explains, is not what she signed on for. “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 continues, adding that Wallace’s mother, Voletta Wallace, is also not pleased.
“Ms. Wallace is pi**ed. Everyone was blindsided,” says Evans. “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.”
Evans insists she won’t promote the upcoming episode. “It’s about my morals,” she says. “I would never do business I’m not proud of at this point in my career. I’m not happy.”
ET Canada has reached out to a Lifetime rep for comment.
“Hopelessly in Love” debuts on Sunday, Jan. 4.