R Kelly’s marriage to Aaliyah was bad period. It was awful on so many levels. Neither R Kelly nor Aaliyah would ever speak publicly about the details of the marriage. The marriage lasted from August 1994 until February 1995, when her parents annulled the marriage.
Aaliyah & R Kelly Interview on BET
This one of their earliest interviews together, wearing matching outfits and evading questions.
In the 90s, R Kelly was an up-and-coming artist and he was debuting his music artist Aaliyah. “Born Into the 90’s” was R Kelly’s debut album in 1992. He would go on to be the top-selling male artist of the 90s. In 1994, “Age Ain’t Nothin’ But A Number” was released. She was signed to her record contract at 12 and began working with R Kelly at 14. R Kelly produced her entire album, thereby garnering a lot of time working with her intimately and growing close to her.
No one actually knew Aaliyah’s age when she first appeared, but everyone knew she was young. R Kelly was featured in her first video for “Age Ain’t Nothin’ But A Number” and you could hear him singing background. They had several outfit changes where they dressed alike in the video but you could write that off as them having a buddy relationship and being cute in an innocent kind of way.
People hardly knew R Kelly but liked his music based on his own album having good songs. Because of his success, it made sense to use him to push Aaliyah’s single and album. So having him in the video noticeably in the background, and her songs sounding similar to his, was the right push to make at the time. Artists generally do better if they have an established artist vouch for them, especially if that artist is hot at that moment.
The Reasons the Marriage Was Bad Between R Kelly and Aaliyah
1 – R Kelly’s Age
R Kelly was born in 1967. He was 27 at the time. 12 years difference in age is significant when the woman is younger and a minor.
2 – Aaliyah’s Age
Aaliyah was born in 1979. She was 15 at the time. The license was forged to imply she was 18.
3 – Aaliyah Was Pregnant
So it’s been revealed that R Kelly’s marriage to Aaliyah was not based on love, but to relinquish R Kelly of any criminal wrongdoing. After all, impregnating a minor carries felony charges of statutory rape, sexual assault, and others. He would also have had to register as a sex offender. Aaliyah’s parents were not aware of the pregnancy.
4 – Married Under Secrecy
Neither R Kelly nor Aaliyah admitted to being married. None of R Kelly’s nor Aaliyah’s family nor friends were aware of or even invited to the ceremony. R Kelly made Aaliyah sign an NDA. Physical abuse was implied via that said NDA.
5 – R Kelly Had To Pay Up
R Kelly ended up signing over the rights to his first 3 albums to Aaliyah and her family to keep quiet. Aaliyah’s father was livid and forbade her daughter to be in the presence of R Kelly any further from that point.