She and her brother became close with their cousin Jomo Hankerson, since growing up, they lived "about five blocks apart".
Jomo walked Aaliyah and Rashad to their home from school when their mother was not able to pick them up and recalled the Haughton household being filled with music.
The majority of kids supported me, which was wonderful.
When it comes to dealing with negative people, I just let it in one ear and out the other.
She recalled coming into her own prior to age 15 and grew to love her height.
Her mother would tell her to be happy that she was small and compliment her.
The album sold three million copies in the United States and was certified double platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).
After facing allegations of an illegal marriage with R.
Aaliyah's music has continued to achieve commercial success with several posthumous releases.
At the age of 10, she appeared on the television show Star Search and performed in concert alongside Gladys Knight.