Sparkle has acquired her share of criticism following the finale of Surviving R. Kelly. In the documentary sequence, the singer recalled how her 14-year-old niece was sexually abused by Kelly. The scenario culminated to a prison trial wherein Sparkle served as a witness. DEspite her good seemingly good intentions and professed remorse for having launched her household to the R&B icon, Sparkle is being dragged for the choice, particularly contemplating Kelly's relationship with Aaliyah.
"Look, Aaliyah's uncle Barry Hankerson was Robert's supervisor [...] So, you already know, that is not a query that everyone ought to be asking me," she stated. "I did not see something with the Aaliyah factor. Even on the Age Ain't Nothing But A Number CD—I did not sing on Age Ain't Nothing But A Number [...] I had no interplay in any respect."
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Sparkle futher defined why she did not query to platonic nature of his relationship with the starlet. She could not think about him crossing the road given his supervisor's familial ties.
"Who thought that was actual? You know what I imply I believed that was a hoax that that is not actual, you already know? That was my naiveté of pondering that it wasn't actual as a result of like once more, Barry Hankerson was there," Sparkle stated. "This should not and could not have occurred. I am pondering, 'Now this can be a hoax. [Aaliyah is] solely 15. Oh, that is nothing. He cannot marry a younger woman.' So, you already know, did not assume something of it. [...] Well, after I noticed the wedding certificates and I used to be like, OK, possibly there's one thing to it. But once more, I am pondering the uncle was there, the dad and mom are there. This cannot be."
Later she claims the unedited model of her Lifetime interview could make clear the scenario.
"I sat there for 4 and a half, 5 hours talking the reality, and you might even see 10, 15 minutes of me within the documentary, and there have been issues unnoticed," she stated. "There was issues spliced up, and also you know, I've wished that Lifetime would launch the unedited variations of every little thing that I said."