Happy Friday, y’all! I don’t know about you, but I’m happy as hell this week is finally over. It seemed to stretch on forever! And I can think of no better way to celebrate its end than with a look back at one of the best WTF? moments in pop culture history. This week’s moment takes us back to 1994. I was in high school, and this was one of my favorite CDs:
Y’all, that was my shit. And I loved Aaliyah. But then all these crazy rumors started floating around that she’d married her mentor, R. Kelly. Now mind you, Aaliyah was 15. And R. Kelly was 27. At the time, we thought it was all just some crazy rumor. Now we know better.
Yeah, R. Kelly let his perv flag fly early, because this was no rumor. It was all true. They’d secretly married, and according to the marriage certificate, Aaliyah lied and said she was 18. Of course, Aaliyah’s family was not thrilled and the marriage was annulled soon after. The two denied the rumors and it wasn’t until later that the truth came out.
Aaliyah went on to grow up and have a successful career, releasing two more albums and appearing in several films. Sadly, she died in 2001 at the age of 22 in a plane crash after a video shoot in the Bahamas.
R. Kelly also enjoyed a successful career until his pervert ways caught up to him, and he was charged with filming a sex tape with an underage girl. The case was in limbo for years (long enough for him to produce his horrible Trapped in the Closet series), and finally came to trial this year. After less than a day of deliberation, a jury found him not guilty on 14 counts this past June.