R. Kelly talks being “in love” with Aaliyah


Years before Tyga even thought about engaging in an intimate relationship with a minor, “Bump N’ Grind” crooner, R. Kelly, was rumored to have paved the way for creeps everywhere as he allegedly married 15-year-old musical sensation, Aaliyah, in 1994 (he was 27 at the time).  



In the February 2016 issue of GQ Magazine, the now 49-year-old McRib craving crooner spilled on his relationship with the late “One In A Million,” songstress and the love they shared before her untimely death. 

“Aaliyah? I heard first of all this soft voice, but very…a lot of charisma. And I saw her as a star the minute I heard her sing and dance. Saw her dance. She wasn’t the greatest dancer, but the dance moves she was doing were different than the other dancers that I’ve seen on television. And I said, ‘This girl’s gonna be a star, whether I work with her or not.’ ” 

How would you describe [the closeness of your relationship with Aaliyah]?

“Uh, I would describe it as best friends. Deep friends. As far as we both loved music and wanted to be successful. She’s a Capricorn, I’m a Capricorn, my momma a Capricorn, her daddy’s a Capricorn, you know. It was just so much in common with each other.”


And these are difficult questions but would you say you were in love with her?

“Yes. I would say I loved ‘liyah.”


But “in love”?

“Well, there’s a lot of ways to be in love with a person. I was in love with my grandfather, you know. But yeah, I would say I was in love with Aaliyah just like I was in love with anybody else. But in a different, friend type of way.”

And she was in love with you?

“I would think so. Absolutely. I would say that.”

 r. kelly in love with aaliyah  

As you know, people know that there was a wedding ceremony and you got married.

“Well, because of Aaliyah’s passing, as I’ve always said, out of respect for her mother who’s sick and her father who’s passed, I will never have that conversation with anyone. Out of respect for Aaliyah, and her mother and father who has asked me not to personally. But I can tell you I loved her, I can tell you she loved me, we was very close. We were, you know, best best best best friends.”
But here’s what seems difficult from the outside. Sadly, Aaliyah can’t speak for herself, and people have what they think is a very clear idea of the situation—that the two of you got married, that you were having a sexual relationship. Right now, that’s the record as far as people are concerned. Those are the facts.



So you not talking about it doesn’t feel like it’s protecting her or respecting her, it just feels like it’s protecting you.

“Yeah, yeah. You know, I tell you this: I know Aaliyah’s not here and can’t speak for herself, but there was a time that she was plenty here, after that rumor and all of that stuff started. Plenty grown. She was 22 and could speak for herself. Her mother, her father, anybody else, could speak and say whatever they wanted.”

Did you do anything in that situation that you feel bad about or you feel was wrong?


“Absolutely not. Absolutely not. That’s my answer forever: Absolutely not.”
While choppin it up with the men’s fashion publication, R.Kelly also gave drop on his lifelong struggles with reading, the sexual abuse he endured as a child, his thoughts on the rape accusations being made against Bill Cosby, as well as his own run-ins with the law surrounding alleged sexual encounters with teenaged girls. 





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