Aaliyah’s mother has announced that plans to honor the late singer have been postponed!
Today (August 25), as the culture remembers Aaliyah on the 20th anniversary of her death, her mother voiced what led her to cancel plans to celebrate her daughter’s life. In an Instagram post, she shared that she made the call “due to the behavior of an individual” whom she alleges visited the “Rock The Boat” singer’s grave to promote a new book.
“Dear Special Ones, 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,” she wrote in a post. “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.”
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She also apologized for the sudden change.
“This person interrupted all my thoughts and ideas to make August 25, 2021, a day of remembrance and love for m daughter,” she said. “Please accept my sincere apologies for this and know I love you and always will. With Aaliyah and Her Comrades in our hearts.”
The book in question was released on August 17th and penned by journalist and author Kathy Iandoli. “Baby Girl: Better Known As Aaliyah” explores the late singer’s life leading up to the tragic plane crash. It also takes a closer look into the alleged abusive relationship between her and fellow singer R. Kelly.
Since the announcement, Iandoli has taken to Twitter to shut down claims that she went to the late singer’s grave to promote her book.
” I did not promote my book outside of Aaliyah’s gravesite,” she 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.”
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
Although it has been two decades since we lost Aaliyah, her impact and legacy continue. Recently, fans celebrated the release of her sophomore album, “One In A Million”, on digital streaming platforms. It is the first time that her music has hit digital platforms since its initial release 25 years ago.
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