Three months after Aaliyah informed the world Age Ain’t Nothing But A Number, the then 15 year old Aaliyah allegedly married one of the album’s key contributors: R. Kelly. In the upcoming Lifetime biopic on the life of Aaliyah, the songstresses’ alleged marriage will be explored according to the film’s executive producer. Aaliyah: Princess of R&B is based on the Aaliyah biography Aaliyah: More Than a Woman written by Christopher John Farley.
According to the film’s executive producer, Debra Martin Chase speaking with The New York Daily News’ Page Six, Aaliyah’s “Aaliyah’s personal and professional relationship with R. Kelly will be explored”:
Aaliyah’s personal and professional relationship with R. Kelly will be explored with care in the film as we set out to depict her life with the utmost respect. Above all else, it’s our hope to inspire an entirely new generation with her music and larger-than-life talent.
In the mid-90s, Vibe Magazine released an alleged marriage certificate between Kelly and Aaliyah. The parents of Aaliyah allegedly had the marriage annulled as the alleged certificate placed the 15 year old singer’s age at 18. Last December Chicago Sun Times music journalist Jim DeRogatis spoke with The Village Voice and revealed the full details R. Kelly’s alleged sextape with an underage teen back in 2002.
During his interview he explained how Aaliyah’s mother was displeased with the affect Kelly had on her daughter:
I had Aaliyah’s mother cry on my shoulder and say her daughter’s life was ruined, Aaliyah’s life was never the same after that. That’s not an experience you’ve had. I’m not expecting you to feel the same way I do.