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Aaliyah's mom cancels memorial after claiming an author used the singer's gravesite to 'promote a book' — but biographer calls it 'offensive to even suggest'

  • Aaliyah's mom, Diane Haughton, seems to be calling out author Kathy Iandoli.
  • Haughton claimed an author used Aaliyah's gravesite to "promote a book" about the singer.
  • Iandoli denied the claim on Twitter adding, "I have been told that fans have had my book there with them."

Diane Haughton, the mother of the late singer Aaliyah, is calling out an author for promoting an unauthorized biography of Aaliyah at the singer's gravesite. 

Haughton penned a post shared on the official Instagram account for the singer, ran by her estate, to condemn the author and share the changes she plans to make at the gravesite.

"Due to the behavior of an individual that has been to Aaliyah's resting place in order to promote a book, I have been forced to make a drastic change at Ferncliff Cemetery and Mausoleum," Haughton wrote in part on Instagram Tuesday, referring to her daughter's burial site in Westchester County, New York.

"This person interrupted all my thoughts and ideas to make August 25th, 2021 a day of Remembrance and Love for my daughter," she continued, noting the day her daughter died due to a fatal plane crash in the Bahamas, where she was shooting her final music video, "Rock the Boat." Aaliyah was 22.

"Please accept my sincere apologies for this and know I love you and always will. Aaliyah's life will still shine no matter what," Haughton added.

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Although Haughton never named anyone specifically, author Kathy Iandoli, who penned an unauthorized biography of Aaliyah titled "Baby Girl: Better Known as Aaliyah," responded on Twitter.

"I did not promote my book outside of Aaliyah's gravesite," she said Tuesday. "That is offensive to even suggest. I have been told that fans have had my book there with them. Please no longer bring my book to Ferncliff. Apologies that fans can not visit Aaliyah's resting place."

 

In an interview with Vanity Fair, Iandoli said explained what motivated her tell Aaliyah's story.

"The conversation that's surrounded Aaliyah has been so disjointed," she said. "We're now getting the most negative parts of the highlight reel, and I wanted to not only flip the narrative but really hold a magnifying glass to the narrative and show who she was."

Aaliyah's name has been in the news recently as R. Kelly is currently on trial for a long list of allegations, including accusations that he bribed a government official to obtain a fake ID so Kelly could marry Aaliyah when she was 15 years old. Kelly has pleaded not guilty to all the charges against him.

Insider's Haven Orecchio-Egresitz reported that a former girlfriend of R. Kelly testified in the courtroom Tuesday that he married Aaliyah "because she was underage and needed the permission of her parents or 'a spouse' to get an abortion."

Iandoli also shared that the Haughton family declined to work with her on the book although she "did reach out to the family for permission," she said in VF. 

She continued: "I did the due diligence of asking because that was the first line, like I wanted that for myself as a person who respected her family, but it didn't work out."

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Aaliyah’s mother claims book was promoted at singer’s gravesite as biography author denies it

Aaliyah’s mother claims her daughter’s gravesite was recently used to promote a book — prompting the author of a new biography about the singer to issue a denial.

In an Instagram post Tuesday, Diane Haughton accused someone of disrupting her plans to honor her daughter at New York’s Ferncliff Cemetery and Mausoleum on Wednesday, which is the 20-year anniversary of the R&B star’s death.

“This person interrupted all my thoughts and ideas to make August 25th, 2021 a day of Remembrance and Love for my daughter,” Haughton wrote in a statement that was shared on her daughter’s Instagram page.

“Please accept my sincere apologies for this and know I love you and always will.”

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Houghton did not name the person accused of promoting the book.

However, author Kathy Iandoli — who released the “Baby Girl: Better Known as Aaliyah” last week — seemed to respond to the allegation Tuesday.

“I did not promote my book outside of Aaliyah’s gravesite,” Iandoli tweeted. “That is offensive to even suggest. I have been told that fans have had my book there with them. Please no longer bring my book to Ferncliff. Apologies that fans can not visit Aaliyah’s resting place.”

Aaliyah died in a 2001 plane crash in the Bahamas at age 22. The R&B artist is known for songs such as “Try Again” and “If Your Girl Only Knew.”

Ferncliff Cemetery and Mausoleum is located in Hartsdale in Westchester County.

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Aaliyah Unofficial Biographer Denies Promoting Book at Cemetery After Singer's Mom Slams 'Individual'

The author of a newly released Aaliyah biography is shooting down claims from the star's mother that she promoted her book at the cemetery where the late singer is buried.

Kathy Iandoli — whose book Baby Girl: Better Known as Aaliyah was published last week —denied that she'd visited Ferncliff Cemetery and Mausoleum in Hartsdale, New York to promote the biography in a tweet on Tuesday.

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"I did not promote my book outside of Aaliyah's gravesite. That is offensive to even suggest. I have been told that fans have had my book there with them," Iandoli wrote. "Please no longer bring my book to Ferncliff. Apologies that fans can not visit Aaliyah's resting place."

She later shared the statement to Instagram with the added caption: "This is absurd. Seriously."

Iandoli's claims came the same day Aaliyah's mother, Diane Haughton, shared a statement to the singer's social media accounts accusing an unidentified "individual" of drumming up publicity at Ferncliff, where Aaliyah was buried after she died in a plane crash in August 2001 at age 22.

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"Due to the behavior of an individual that has been to Aaliyah's resting place in order to promote a book, I have been forced to make a drastic change at Ferncliff Cemetery and Mausoleum," Houghton wrote.

"This person interrupted all my thoughts and ideas to make August 25th, 2021 a day of remembrance and love for my daughter," she continued. "Please accept my sincere apologies for this and know I love you and always will. Aaliyah's life will shine no matter what."

It remains unclear what change to the cemetery Haughton is referring to.

Representatives for Aaliyah's estate did not immediately respond to PEOPLE's request for comments.

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In an interview earlier this month, Iandoli told Vanity Fair that she did reach out to "Back and Forth" singer's family to ask for permission to write the book, but that Aaliyah's estate was involved in a "strange legal situation."

"I have my suspicions about why they can't speak on certain things or what their concerns are about certain things, and I do delve into that in the book, and a lot of it involves some legal issues," she said. "So I did the due diligence of asking because that was the first line, like I wanted that for myself as a person who respected her family, but it didn't work out."

Meanwhile, Aaliyah's 1996 album One in a Millionrecently became available to stream on Spotify following a decades-long battle over her discography between her estate and her former manager and uncle, Barry Hankerson.

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RELATED: Aaliyah's One in a Million Now Available on Spotify Ahead of 20th Anniversary of Her Death

Hankerson's Blackground Records 2.0 announced a partnership earlier this month with Empire to release songs from Aaliyah's catalog, and her estate hit back with a scathing statement slamming "shadowy tactics of deception with unauthorized projects targeted to tarnish."

"Since the early 2000s, only Aaliyah's first album Age Ain't Nothing But a Number has been available on streaming platforms because the right to distribute that record has been held by major record companies under contract with Aaliyah's record label, Blackground Records," Paul LiCalsi, an attorney for the estate, said in a previous statement to PEOPLE. "Other than that first album, virtually the entire remainder of her catalog, including many never released tracks, has been inexplicably withheld from the public by Blackground Records. Aaliyah's Estate has always been ready to share Aaliyah's musical legacy but has been met with contention and a gross lack of transparency." 

"For almost 20 years, Blackground has failed to account to the Estate with any regularity in accordance with her recording contracts. In addition, the Estate was not made aware of the impending release of the catalog until after the deal was complete and plans were in place," the statement continued. "The Estate has demanded that Blackground provide a full account of its past earnings, and full disclosure of the terms of its new deal to distribute Aaliyah's long embargoed music."

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Aaliyah death anniversary news – ‘Writer Kathy Iandoli used Ferncliff Cemetery burial site to promote book’, mom claims

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AALIYAH's mom has launched a blistering attack on an author on the 20th anniversary of the pop star's death.

The 22-year-old pop star died after the plane she was traveling in crashed on August 25, 2001, shortly after takeoff from Marsh Harbour Airport on the Abaco Islands of the Bahamas.

On the anniversary of the tragic accident, Aaliyah's mom Diane Haughton spoke out about the release of a biography on her daughter, according to HotNewHipHop.

"First and foremost I want to thank my dear "Special Ones" that have been with us for years and supported every endeavor that came our way without hesitation," she wrote on Instagram.

"However, due to the behavior of an individual that has been to Aaliyah's resting place in order to promote a book, I have been forced to make a drastic change at Ferncliff Cemetery and Mausoleum."

Fans believe Haughton was talking about journalist Kathy Iandoli's biography Baby Girl: Better Known as Aaliyah, which was released last week, according to HotNewHipHop.

However, Iandoli has denied those claims, saying on Twitter: "I did not promote my book outside of Aaliyah's gravesite.

"That is offensive to even suggest. I have been told that fans have had my book there with them. Please no longer bring my book to Ferncliff. Apologies that fans can not visit Aaliyah's resting place."

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    'FOREVER LOVED'

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    'YOUR LEGACY WILL LIVE ON'

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    'STILL THAT GIRL'

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    'LIGHT STILL SHINES AS BRIGHT'

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    'TRUE ICONS ARE NEVER FORGOTTEN'

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    'STILL IN MY FEELINGS'

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    #RIPAALIYAH

    The hashtag #RIPAaliyah is trending on Twitter on the 20th anniversary of her death.

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    MORE MUSIC COMING THIS FALL

    Next up, the soundtrack for action flick Romeo Must Die, which she starred in alongside Jet Li, will come out on September 3 and features her hit song Try Again.

    The singer’s third and final studio album – the self-titled Aaliyah – drops on September 10, and the compilation albums I Care 4 U and Ultimate Aaliyah both come out on October 8.

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    WHEN IS AALIYAH'S MUSIC DROPPING ON SPOTIFY?

    Aaliyah's second studio album, One in a Million, finally hit music streaming platforms on August 20 for the first time, 20 years after her death.

    After years of waiting to hear all of her music, including her three studio albums, on digital music services, like Spotify and iTunes, Aaliyah fans were finally treated to a new release.

    Though her debut album, Age Ain't Nothing but a Number, has already been on there for a little while, August 20 brought the first time her sophomore release, One in a Million, found its way onto the platforms.

    Originally released on August 27, 1996, when the singer was 17 years old, all of the songs, including its six singles, like If Your Girl Only Knew, are now available to stream.

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    IANDOLI'S RESPONSE TO AALIYAH'S MOTHER

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    AALIYAH'S MOM THINKS IANDOLI IS PROMOTING HER BOOK AT AALIYAH'S GRAVE SITE

    On the anniversary of the tragic accident, Aaliyah's mom Diane Haughton spoke out about the release of a biography on her daughter, according to HotNewHipHop.

    "First and foremost I want to thank my dear "Special Ones" that have been with us for years and supported every endeavor that came our way without hesitation," she wrote on Instagram.

    "However, due to the behavior of an individual that has been to Aaliyah's resting place in order to promote a book, I have been forced to make a drastic change at Ferncliff Cemetery and Mausoleum."

    Fans believe Haughton was talking about journalist Kathy Iandoli's biography Baby Girl: Better Known as Aaliyah, which was released last week, according to HotNewHipHop.

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    WHERE IS AALIYAH BURIED?

    A private funeral mass was held on August 31, 2001, at the Church of St. Ignatius Loyola in Manhattan following her death.

    Her body was set in a silver-plated copper deposit casket and carried in a horse-drawn, glass hearse.

    An estimated 800 mourners attended the procession.

    Among those in attendance at the private ceremony were hip-hop superstars Missy Elliott, Timbaland, Gladys Knight, Lil' Kim, and Sean 'P Diddy' Combs.

    Aaliyah is buried at Ferncliff Cemetery in the town of Greenburgh, Westchester County, New York.

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    IANDOLI AFTER HER PASSING

    "I remember when Aaliyah passed away, I was really upset," Iandoli said to The Daily Beast. "The story kept saying that she was adamant about getting on the plane. I was almost upset with her. Why did you want to get on that plane so badly? 

    "In learning that she did not want to get on the plane, for someone like myself and so many other people, I think that's closure for us. It's an unfortunate closure… but I needed to hear she didn't want to get on that plane; I needed to know that. The person who I thought had the most common sense in the world had common sense to not get on the plane. The fact that she was so adamant, staying in the cab, refusing — these are things we never knew.

    "The only thing I've taken with me is that after 20 years, I can finally say that Aaliyah didn't want to get on the plane," Iandoli continued.

    "That makes me feel a little better, but not much. This didn't have to happen. She should still be here, and I think that's the saddest part about it. She deserved better."

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    SURIVAL WAS 'UNTHINKABLE'

    Aaliyah's body was found 20 feet away from the wreckage. She was still strapped into her seat and slumped over to her left.

    An autopsy report concluded that her survival was “unthinkable" on account of the extensive burns and major head trauma she suffered.

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    AALIYAH WAS 'CARRIED ONTO THE PLANE UNCONSCIOUS'

    The team member then handed Aaliyah a pill, Russel claims, which she took before falling "into a deep sleep".

    She was then carried onto the flight unconscious, he claims, after the pilot finally caved and allowed her team to board.

    “They took her out of the van; she didn’t even know she was getting boarded on a plane,” Russell recounts in the book. "She went on the airplane asleep.”

    The flight took off at 6.50pm. It had only got between 60 and 100 feet in the air before nosediving back down to the ground.

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    AALIYAH 'DID NOT WANT TO BOARD THE PLANE' CONTINUED

    Russell's mother was Aaliyah’s driver during her time on the island and he told Iandoli he spoke with the star on their way to the airport, as first reported by The Daily Beast.

    The plane was late arriving at the gate by two hours, reportedly irking Aaliyah's team, Russell said.

    Frustrations boiled further when the plane finally arrived and Aaliyah refused to board it, he recounts in the book.

    It was then that members of her entourage reportedly started arguing with the pilot after he told them the plane would be too heavy for eight passengers and all of their luggage.

    Aaliyah had been filming what would be her last music video, Rock The Boat, on the tropical island and her entourage was carrying heavy camera equipment with them.

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    AALIYAH 'DID NOT WANT TO BOARD THE PLANE'

    But in her upcoming book, Baby Girl: Better Known as Aaliyah, music journalist Kathy Iandoli believes she's finally uncovered the truth.

    Iandoli, with the help of a man who was one of the last people to see the singer alive, has also refuted initial reports from the time that she was insistent she needed to be on the flight.

    Aaliyah, a known anxious flier, actually reportedly refused to board the small plane, believing the size of her seven-person entourage and all of their luggage would be too much for the jet to bear.

    The bombshell claim was made by Kingsley Russell, a Bahamian man who was 13 at the time and working as the star's baggage handler for his family's taxi and hospitality business.

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    PILOT IN PLANE CRASH HAD DRUGS AND ALCOHOL IN HIS SYSTEM

    It was later revealed that the pilot, who wasn't qualified to fly the plane, had traces of cocaine and alcohol in his body.

    It was also discovered that the Cessna 402 twin-engine light aircraft had exceeded its maximum weight capacity by several hundred pounds.

    That weight had also not been evenly distributed, making the aircraft harder to control once it was airborne.

    Why the plane was cleared to take off in the first place has largely remained a mystery since the devastating crash almost two decades ago.

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    AALIYAH REFUSED TO SPEAK ON R. KELLY RELATIONSHIP

    The marriage was kept a secret - all marriage documents remained sealed - with Aaliyah brushing it off as a rumour when asked to comment on her relationship with R. Kelly.

    "I don't really make a comment on that because I know that's not true", she would say. "When people ask me, I tell them 'hey, don't believe all that mess.' We're close and people took it the wrong way."

    Aaliyah's spokesperson also claimed: "when R. Kelly comes up, she doesn't even speak his name, and nobody's allowed to ask about it at all."

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    WHEN DID AALIYAH AND R. KELLY DIVORCE?

    While we'll never know why Aaliyah refused to bring up her relationship with R. Kelly, her marriage with the singer quickly ended.

    This wasn't due to divorce, however, as the union was annulled in February, 1995, following a request from Aaliyah's parents.

    Both stars then continuously denied that their marriage had ever existed and Aaliyah was perpetually demonised by the music industry following her relationship with R. Kelly.

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    MUSIC CAREER

    Aaliyah was just 14 years old when she came out with her first album; Age Ain't Nothing but a Number, which was produced by Kelly and released in 1994.

    The album went platinum and went on to sell over a million copies.

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    HOW DID AALIYAH AND R. KELLY MEET?

    The singer was born in Brooklyn but raised in Detroit and immediately hit the stages to rise to stardom, performing on stage with Gladys Knight at age 11.

    She was introduced to Kelly by her uncle Barry Hankerson, who was also her manager.

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    MARRIAGE LICENSE LISTS AALIYAH AS 18

    Vibe Magazine reprinted an R. Kelly story that ran the same year as his marriage to Aaliyah, including a marriage license for the two reading Aaliyah as age 18 and Robert Kelly as 27.

    The license was dated a day after Kelly allegedly paid the bribe, on August 31, 1994.

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    DID ANYONE KNOW HOW YOUNG AALIYAH WAS WHEN SHE GOT MARRIED?

    Many didn't know of Aaliyah's true age when she married the rapper, who has been pelted with several criminal charges on allegations that he sexually abused minors.

    Even R. Kelly's own lawyer, Steven Greenberg, said he thought she was 18.

    "My understanding is that she did not claim to be 15, and in order to get married, she had to lie about her age," Greenberg told Good Morning America in 2019.

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    WAS AALIYAH PREGNANT?

    In Netflix documentary, Surviving R. Kelly, Demetrius had already said that the singer was convinced Aaliyah - who died in a tragic plane crash in 2002 - was carrying his child.

    Although it was suspected that Aaliyah was pregnant at the time she married R. Kelly, in 1994, the rumours have never been confirmed.

    In her explosive book, Baby Girl: Better Known as Aaliyah, released on August 17, 2021, biographer Kathy Iandoli mentions the pregnancy rumours.

    "There is speculation that she was pregnant", she wrote, "but he couldn't be held accountable for any crime because she was technically his 'wife.' It was a way to legalise his abuse."

    According to Kathy, Aaliyah was coerced into signing a legal document which banned from discussing any "emotional distress" or "physical harm" perpetrated by R. Kelly.

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Aaliyah’s Mother Shuts Down Cemetery Visits After Author Supposedly Promoted Unauthorized Book at Gravesite

The mother of the late singer Aaliyah used her daughter’s social media account to issue a warning against anyone attempting to visit the singer’s gravesite.

Diane Haughtontook to Aaliyah’s Instagram on Tuesday to blast the author who published an unauthorized book and was accused of promoting it at the singer’s gravesite, Yahoo Newsreported.

“First and foremost, I want to thank my dear ‘Special Ones’ (The Fans) that have been with us for years and supported every endeavor that came our way without hesitation,” Haughton wrote.

“However, due to the behavior of an individual that has been to Aaliyah’s resting place in order to promote a book, I have been forced to make a drastic change at Ferncliff Cemetery and Mausoleum.”

“This person interrupted all my thoughts and ideas to make August 25th, 2021 a day of Remembrance and Love for my daughter. Please accept my sincere apologies for this and know I love you and always will. Aaliyah’s life will still shine no matter what.”

Many people assumed Haughton was referring to writer Kathy Iandoli, who recently published Baby Girl: Better Known as Aaliyah. The book was published without the consent of Aaliyah’s family but the journalist denies visiting the late singer’s gravesite.

“I did not promote my book outside of Aaliyah’s gravesite,” Iandoli said. “That is offensive to even suggest. I have been told that fans have had my book there with them. Please no longer bring my book to Ferncliff. Apologies that fans can not visit Aaliyah’s resting place.”

I did not promote my book outside of Aaliyah's gravesite. That is offensive to even suggest. I have been told that fans have had my book there with them. Please no longer bring my book to Ferncliff. Apologies that fans can not visit Aaliyah's resting place.

— kathy iandoli (She/Her) (@kath3000) August 24, 2021

Despite not having the family’s approval, Iandoli toldVanity Fair that she created the book in hopes of “glorifying Aaliyah.”

“I did what I had to do while still holding her up in the highest regard, and sometimes that involves having to tell certain parts of the story that have been kind of covered for so long,” Iandoli said. “I think in order to get the panoramic view of just how dynamic she was, you have to show the peaks and valleys.”

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