Aaliyah’s unofficial biographer denies promoting book at cemetery after singer’s mother criticized “individual”


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The author of a new publication Aaliyah the biography belies claims by the star’s mother that she was promoting her book at the cemetery where the late singer is buried.

Kathy Iandoli – whose book Little girl: better known as Aaliyah was posted last week – denied visiting Ferncliff Cemetery and Mausoleum in Hartsdale, New York, to promote the biography in a tweet on Tuesday.

“I didn’t promote my book outside of Aaliyah’s grave. It’s even offensive to suggest it. I’ve been told that fans have had my book with them,” Iandoli wrote. “Please don’t take my book to Ferncliff anymore. Sorry the fans can’t visit Aaliyah’s resting place.”

She then shared the statement on Instagram with the added caption: “This is absurd. Seriously.”

Iandoli’s claims came the same day Aaliyah’s mother Diane Haughton shared a statement on the singer’s social media accounts accusing an unidentified “individual” of advertising in Ferncliff, where Aaliyah was buried after her death in a plane crash in August 2001 at age 22.

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“Due to the behavior of an individual who went to Aaliyah’s resting place to promote a book, I was forced to make a drastic change at Ferncliff Cemetery and Mausoleum,” Houghton wrote.

“This person cut off all my thoughts and ideas to make August 25, 2021 a day of remembrance and love for my daughter,” she continued. “Please accept my sincere apologies for this and know that I love you and always love you. Aaliyah’s life will shine no matter what.”

It is still unclear what change the cemetery refers to in Haughton.

Representatives for Aaliyah’s estate did not immediately respond to PEOPLE’s request for comment.

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In an interview earlier this month, Iandoli said Vanity Show that she contacted the “Back and Forth” singer’s family to request permission to write the book, but that Aaliyah’s estate was embroiled in a “strange legal situation”.

“I wonder why they can’t talk about certain things or what their concerns are about certain things, and I look at that in the book, and that involves a lot of legal issues,” he said. she declared. “So I did my due diligence asking because that was the first line, like I wanted it for myself as a person who respected his family, but it didn’t work.”

Meanwhile, Aaliyah’s 1996 album One in a million recently became available to stream on Spotify after a decades-long battle over his discography between his estate and his former manager and uncle, Barry Hankerson.



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Hankerson’s Blackground Records 2.0 announced a partnership earlier this month with Empire to release songs from Aaliyah’s catalog, and his estate retaliated with a scathing statement slamming “obscure tactics of deception with unauthorized projects aimed at tarnish”.

“Since the early 2000s, only Aaliyah’s debut album Age is nothing but a number is available on streaming platforms because the right to distribute this record has been held by major record companies under contract to Aaliyah’s label, Blackground Records, ”said Paul LiCalsi, estate attorney, in a statement previous to PEOPLE. that this debut album, virtually everything else in its catalog, including many never-released tracks, has been inexplicably hidden from the public by Blackground Records. Aaliyah’s estate has always been ready to share Aaliyah’s musical legacy, but has encountered controversy and a glaring lack of transparency. “

“For nearly 20 years, Blackground did not report to the estate with any regularity in accordance with its recording contracts. Place,” the statement continued. “The Estate demanded that Blackground provide a full account of its past income and full disclosure of the terms of its new agreement to distribute Aaliyah’s music under a long embargo. “

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