North West singing 'The Lion King' live has fans questioning if she 'deserved' to play Simba

North West singing 'The Lion King' live has fans questioning if she 'deserved' to play Simba

Not the nepo baby comments...!

North West received a standing ovation after playing and singing the part of young Simba during a live performance of 'The Lion King'.

The 10-year-old daughter of Ye (Kanye West) and Kim Kardashian took the stage at the famed Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles this weekend to sing 'I Just Can't Wait to Be King' in celebration of the animated film's upcoming 30th anniversary.

According to Billboardthe event was filmed for a Disney+ original special.

Audience members cheering on North included her famous parents; siblings Saint, Chicago and Psalm; grandmother Kris Jenner; aunt Kourtney Kardashian and uncle Travis Barker.

But of course, there are always gonna be the haters who are gonna hate, especially at any opportunity to jump on a "nepo baby" comment. 

One person wrote: "Imagine the talented kids that were supposed to have that role. Nepotism at its best."

"If Kanye and Kim weren’t her parents the part would have gone to someone who deserved it," wrote another.

A third added: "STUNNING, really?? I have no doubt there were other very talented kids that should have had that part!!!!"

Others were cheering Northie on, praising her for portraying the true kid-like character and having a blast while doing it!

"She did soo good," one fan wrote. 

Another said: "Aww this is actually so cute! North's got the confidence. Love it!"

"This girl has confidence and that's all that matters. Her voice sounds so cute to me, like a child's should ❤️❤️ Go Northie," added a third.

North opened up about her love of singing to i-D magazine in October 2023, explaining that "performing is my favourite".

When asked what she wants to be when she grows up, North said: "A rapper, a basketball player, and I'm going to make artwork that I sell."

North made her music debut in 2015 with a cameo in Father Kanye's 'Only One' video.

In March, she teased her upcoming debut album, Elementary School Dropout. A release date is yet to be announced.

Cover media with additional reporting from Sophie van Soest.