After secretly marrying pop singer Aaliyah when she was 15 years old and he was 27 years old, R. Kelly developed a reputation for liking underage women. Last year, the 50-year-old was tied to a 19-year-old Halle Calhoun, though the two never confirmed their apparent relationship. Their affiliation was thrust into the spotlight Monday once more after Buzzfeed News published an article that claimed R. Kelly was controlling women in a cult.
Her Twitter account still reads that she’s a student at The Art Institute of Charleston. She majored in fashion marketing and management. It’s unknown if she graduated or was still attending school.
Her bio reads: “IMAGINE with all your mind BELIEVE with all your heart ACHIEVE with all your might.”
Since she was connected to R. Kelly, Calhoun stopped using Twitter and her Instagram account was disabled. Celebrity blogger Perez Hilton was one of the few publications that had information on her, writing she was a model and used to like to share pictures of herself wearing scandalous outfits and bikinis.
Buenas noches✨ pic.twitter.com/7oGxK6Dg6G
— halle calhoun (@CalhounHalle) August 29, 2015
Her last tweet was from Aug. 14, 2016. It read: “Twitter, it’s been a minute!!” Before that, the last thing she wrote was from December 2015. She had previously been active on the social media site, tweeting multiple times per month.
The same goes to Calhoun’s Facebook page. It wasn’t disabled, but the last time she changed her profile picture was December 2015, which is around time she stopped tweeting. Her Facebook page added that she lived in Mauldin, South Carolina and was in a relationship — but she didn’t identify Kelly as that person.
Rumors swirled the couple was engaged after they were seen at a club in Atlanta, according to a post by Perez Hilton in August 2016.
Being with a woman who was three decades younger than him might sound outrageous, but it wasn’t the first time he was tied to some younger than him. He secretly married pop singer Aaliyah in 1994. She fudged her birth certificate so it would say she was 18, but in reality she was 15. At the time, Kelly was 27 years older. When Aaliyah’s parents learned of the clandestine marriage it was annulled.
The story from Buzzfeed News did not give the names of the women in the alleged cult, or mention Calhoun’s name. The women in the rumored cult started a relationship…