Aaliyah stated that she thought of her grandmother whenever she fell into depression.
She had several pet animals in during her childhood, which included ducks, snakes and iguanas.
Her cousin Jomo had a pet alligator, which Aaliyah felt was too much, remarking, "that was something I wasn't going to stroke." Her grandmother died in 1991.
Years after her death, Aaliyah said her grandmother supported everyone in the family and always wanted to hear her sing, as well as admitting that she "spoiled" her and her brother Rashad "to death." She also enjoyed Aaliyah's singing and would have Aaliyah to sing for her.
Other children disliked Aaliyah, but she did not stay focused on them.
"You always have to deal with people who are jealous, but there were so few it didn't even matter.