The relationship between R. Kelly and Aaliyah goes down as one of the most notorious scandals in the industry. Kelly married Aaliyah when she was a minor and as a result of the discovery Aaliyah’s family forged ties with him. A new biography of Aaliyah will include information about her relationship with Kelly.
R. Kelly married Aaliyah when she was 15 and he was 27
Kelly met Aaliyah when she was 12-years-old. At the time, the two had the same manager, Barry Hankerson, who is also Aaliyah’s uncle. Hankerson grabbed Kelly to make Aaliyah’s first record Age is nothing but a number.
At some point, the relationship between Kelly and Aaliyah changed into something romantic, and because of the age of Kelly, a predator. Friends and family feature in the Lifetime docuseries Surviving R. Kelly that Kelly was fascinated by Aaliyah from the beginning.
She was said to have been walking Kelly’s dog, the pair were wearing matching clothes in public, and a former back singer for Kelly claims she caught the two close to him visiting bus.
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According to former Kelly road manager, Kelly approached him in a panic when he found out that Aaliyah was pregnant. To make the situation look so criminal, Kelly devised a plan to marry Aaliyah. The road manager helped obtain a fake ID for Aaliyah, with her age listed at 18.
Within two months of the Illinois courthouse ceremony, MTV reported on the marriage. The marriage of the Aaliyah family was canceled by fraud due to the false age on the part of Aaliyah and they severed all ties with Kelly. Kelly reportedly paid $ 100,000 to Aaliyah’s family to remain the mother of the relationship.
To this day, Aaliyah’s family denies that she and Kelly were ever married. Aaliyah also denied the marriage. Henderson continued to rule both Kelly and Aaliyah. He did not separate from Kelly until Kelly ‘s child pornography trials in 2008.
Aaliyah’s biography includes details of her marriage to R. Kelly
Brand Jasmine reports that a book published under Simon & Schuster / Atria Books about Aaliyah will be published on August 17, 20201. The news comes just a week before 20 years since Aaliyah died.
The book, Baby girl: Better known as Aaliyah, written by journalist and author, Kathy Iandoli. According to an official press release about the book, the biography “dives deep into her misbehavior with R. Kelly and an intense investigation into the tragedy that ended her life. ”
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Iandoli expresses her motivation for writing the book, explaining, “I wrote this book as a follower of Aaliyah. This is for all of us who have seen her influence everywhere for the past twenty years, and we wish she were still here. I left no stone unturned, and I hope I have contributed to her legacy properly. ”
It is not clear whether Aaliyah’s family supports the book. They have previously denied anything that mentions Aaliyah’s connection to Kelly, including Surviving R. Kelly and the Lifetime biopic produced by Wendy Williams.
Her family vows one day to tell what they will tell the true story, claiming that any projects without involvement are ruining Aaliyah’s legacy.