Aaliyah’s Mother Alleges Author Promoted New Book at Late Star’s Gravesite

By: Alyssa Wilson

Diane Haughton, Aaliyah’s mother, called out an unnamed author on Instagram for promoting a new book at her daughter’s gravesite.  

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On Tuesday, Haughton posted on Instagram, saying, “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.” 


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Although Haughton did not name the author she was addressing, many believe she was calling out Kathy Iandoli, REVOLT reported. Iandoli recently released Baby Girl: Better Known as Aaliyah, a book with untold stories about the singer. Although she asked for permission, the book was not authorized by Aaliyah’s family, according to NY Daily News. 

“I did reach out to the family for permission. It’s a strange legal situation involving the estate of Aaliyah, and I learned the complexities of this after Prodigy passed away, because you have the human and then you have the personality, the artist, the image,” she said. “There’s a lot that I dig through in the book that explains why those are two very separate entities and why it’s not always a priority to get a blessing when you’re trying to highlight the essence of the celebrity, the story.” Iandoli recently appeared on BNC Live with Laverne McGee to discuss the project. She said she met Aaliyah as a fan before the singer passed away. 

She addressed the allegations on Twitter Tuesday night, saying, “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.”  

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