Hot on the heels of their successful run with the wide-ranging Surviving R. Kelly docu-series, which has now been expanding into a sequel, Lifetime is now turning its focus to the love lives of some of music’s most cherished artists.
Alongside the premiere of their follow-up series, Surviving R. Kelly Part II: The Reckoning, the cable network will also be debuting a new program titled Hopelessly in Love that will delve deep into some of the entertainment industry’s most high-profile relationships in the history of pop culture, according to Lifetime’s website.
“Featuring deeply emotional new interviews and never-before-seen footage, each doc takes viewers on an impassioned journey through the intense ups and downs of a whirlwind romance lived in the limelight, reveals untold secrets, and seeks answers to how these star-crossed lovers ended up facing the ultimate tragedy,” the channel’s synopsis for the production reads.
Divided into three separate two-hour-long documentary films, the new series will kick off with its first feature centered on the “intense and complex relationship” between TLC’s Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes and former NFL wide receiver Andre Rison, who began dating in the 1990s. Rison himself was featured in the show’s trailer, where he confessed that he “was deeply in love” with Lopes.
“It was dope,” he said. “She came by the house and pretty much never left.”
As you’ll recall, Lopes accidentally burned down Rison’s mansion during a falling out between the two. Despite that, the two still had love for one another and planned to get married sometime in the early 2000s, but Lopes tragically died in a car crash during a trip to Honduras in 2002.
Hopelessly in Love will also dive into the whirlwind marriage of hip-hop royalty, R&B songstress Faith Evans and rap icon The Notorious B.I.G., famously known as Biggie. Their union was marred by rumors of infidelity on Big’s behalf. Much has not been revealed yet, and a trailer has not been released, thus far.
Although Lifetime’s press release teased that “Faith Evans is ready to confront her pain and revisit the most intimate moments of their relationship…from their whirlwind engagement, to the East coast/West coast rivalry that led to Tupac and Big’s deaths, and the role [others] in the scene, like Lil’ Kim, may have played in their tumultuous love story.”
The series will close out on the late Anna Nicole Smith’s marriage to celebrity photographer Larry Birkhead on January 17.
Hopelessly in Love will premiere on Lifetime this Thursday, January 2. You can watch the trailer on Lifetime’s website here.
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