August 25 marks 20 years since R&B legend, Aaliyah was killed in a plane crash. This was after filming the rest of her “Rock The Boat” music video, in the Bahamas. Last week, her 1996 sophomore album, “One In A Million,” was also released. This album is projected to be in the top 10 the Billboard 200 chart this week, for the first time ever.
As more of Aaliyah’s albums will finally be hitting streaming outlets this month, there is also a biography about her out now. This was written by Journalist, Kathy Iandoli. She is currently receiving a lot of backlash by Aaliyah’s mother, Diane Haughton, though.
Haughton accused Iandoli of promoting this biography, while being at Aaliyah’s gravesite.
“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. 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.
And Her Comrades In Our Hearts,
Iandoli ended up taking to Twitter to deny these claims. She believes that this is an offensive thing to even think about, and she explained how fans themselves brought the book to the gravesite.
“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.”
Aaliyah’s family also ended up having no involvement in this biography. As of now, it’s unclear if a lawsuit will be heading Iandoli’s way.
Check out Diane Haughton and Kathy Iandoli’s explanations below.