R. Kelly is trending again, but it’s not because a new album is dropping. The 49-year-old Ignition singer that has faced numerous sexual assault cases throughout his career is now rumored to be dating a 19-year-old girl by the name of Halle Calhoun. They were spotted out together over the weekend at Gold Room in Atlanta, Ga.
Calhoun is a Fashion Marketing and Management major at The Art Institute of Charleston, South Carolina and a part-time model. Multiple sources made it a point to highlight that the Atlanta native wasn’t born yet when his hit single, “I Believe I Can Fly” topped the charts.
R. Kelly’s past has been a sensitive subject since 2002, when he was charged with child pornography after a video of him allegedly having sex and urinating on an underage girl became public. He was later acquitted of the charges in 2008. But even prior to that, he engaged in a very controversial relationship with a then-underage Aaliyah, ultimately marrying her and producing her debut studio album, Age Ain’t Nothing But a Number. In a 2016 interview, Kelly finally touched on the subject, saying, “I can tell you I loved her, I can tell you she loved me, we was very close. We were, you know, best best best best friends.” When asked if he felt like he did anything wrong in regards to his relationship with Aaliyah, he said, “That’s my answer forever: Absolutely not.”
When news of Kelly’s rumored new relationship hit the interwebs, people didn’t hesitate to express their shock and dismay.
Lol I’m really more surprised ol girl r kelly messing with is over 18
— The Hurtest (@HurtAlLaFlare) August 8, 2016
R. Kelly…cmon man. You have albums older than her. Stop this
— J-MAC (@_macdaddymac_) August 8, 2016
Khloe Kardashian wearing bantu knots, R.Kelly engaged to a teenager and Serena lost? Today is not a good day
— Tyrell Walden-Martin (@TyrellWaldenNBC) August 9, 2016
Mike Phelps got more medals than R Kelly’s gal has birthdays. That’s crazy.
— Yung Garlic Knot (@fergnerduson) August 10, 2016
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