Aaliyah’s Mom Is NOT Here For ‘Surviving R. Kelly’ Docuseries

Aaliyah’s mother Diane Haughton, center right, holds hands with Aaliyah’s brother Rashad, center left, as they leave the Frank E. Campbell Funeral Chapel on their way to the singer’s funeral at the St. Ignatius Loyola Church in New York Friday, Aug. 31, 2001. Aaliyah’s boyfriend Damon Dash follows her mother and brother at center. (AP Photo/Stephen Chernin)


Diane Haughton, mother of the late singer Aaliyah, is refuting statements made by former R. Kelly backup singer Jovante Cunningham in the Surviving R. Kelly docuseries.

Cunningham claims that she saw R. Kelly and Aaliyah having sex on a tour bus. She said that because the space on a tour bus is limited there is little opportunity for privacy, leading her to witness their alleged sexual contact.

“So it just so happened we were all laying in our bunks and the curtains are open, everybody’s communicating, laughing…When the [room] door flew open on the bus. Robert was having sex with Aaliyah,” she said in the documentary.

The late singer’s mom released a statement that read:

The woman and so-called back up singer in the forthcoming Surviving… documentary that describes seeing, meeting or ever breathing the same air as my daughter, Aaliyah, is lying and a liar. My husband and I were always on tour with her and at interviews and every place she went throughout her entire career. Whoever this woman is, I have never seen her before anywhere on planet earth, until now.

These lies and fabrications cannot be tolerated and allowed to be spewed from the forked tongues of saboteurs of Aaliyah’s legacy.

Shame on all those involved in this project who thought it kosher to drag Aaliyah’s name into a situation that has nothing to do with her today. Once again this will not be tolerated.”

Surviving R. Kelly airs on Lifetime at 9 p.m. ET from Thursday, Jan. 3 through Saturday, Jan. 5.