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Zendaya: 'Guys have gotta handle my dad!'

Published 11/04/2016


Zendaya wanted to bring more diversity to Disney with her return on the network.

Actress and singer Zendaya will only give her time to a guy who can "handle" her father.

The 19-year-old star's dad Kazembe is a bodyguard, something she knows could make people feel uneasy. After being spotted at a Grammys after-party with American football player Odell Beckham Jr. and her father in February (16) many were quick to link Zendaya to the sportsman.

However, she appeared to hint that Beckham wasn't boyfriend material.

"If a guy can handle my dad the first time, then he's worth giving my time to," she told Marie Claire magazine. "If he can't, then I might as well not waste my time. Just because they're in the NFL doesn't mean they get a pass."

Zendaya rose to fame starring in Disney TV shows and movies, and also has a successful singing career. In 2015 she returned to the channel for series K.C. Undercover, with a clear message in mind for viewers.

"A big reason why I wanted to come back to Disney is because I saw a lack of diversity on the channel," she sighed. "To see a black family, to see a young girl with these adorable Afro puffs... little things like that are so important."

The star is no stranger to making an impact with her appearance and regularly swaps up her hair for red carpet events.

Many have criticised her appearance while in the spotlight and though Zendaya has responded to some of her critics, slamming comedienne and writer Julie Klausner for calling her too skinny, she often manages to ignore comments.

"I wore a freaking mullet to the Grammys," Zendaya shrugged when asked about whether she worries over what other people think.

"I felt like I was killing it. And I was. That's all that should matter when you step out."

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