There aren’t many stars bigger than actress Zendaya these days.
So when the dashing 25-year-old Oakland-born celeb talks, we listen.
Zendaya, who is set to portray Ronnie Spector in an upcoming new biopic, paid tribute to the late singer and icon on Instagram on Thursday (January 13) following news of Spector’s death.
“This news breaks my heart. Talking about her like she’s not with us is weird because she’s so incredibly full of life,” Zendaya wrote to her 123 million followers. “There’s not a single time I’ve seen her without her signature red lips and bushy hair, a true rockstar through and through.
“Ronnie, getting to know you has been one of the greatest honors of my life. Thank you for sharing your life with me, I could listen to your stories for hours and hours. Thank you for your immeasurable talent, your unwavering love for the performance, your strength, your resilience and your grace. There is absolutely nothing that can dim the light you shine. I admire you so much and am so grateful for the bond we share.
“You are a magical force of greatness and the world of music will never be the same. I wish everyone to experience you as I did. We celebrate your beautiful life and give you all the flowers you deservedly deserve.Rest in great power Ronnie.I hope to make you proud.
Zendaya is the star of the popular HBO Max series, Euphoria, and she’s also in the latest Spider-Man movie, Spider-Man: No Coming Home. She is also dating the star of that film, actor Tom Holland.
Spector died Wednesday, January 12, after a battle with cancer. She was 78 years old.
Throughout her career, Spector (born Veronica Yvette Bennett) was the dazzling singer of the Ronettes and brought to life hits like “Be My Baby”, “Baby, I Love You”, “The Best Part of Breakin’ Up” and “Walking in the Rain.” In 2007, she was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of the Ronettes.
The next Zendaya-led Spector biopic will focus on training the Ronettes. There is no release date for the film yet.
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