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What in the R Kelly? Man, 61, slammed for marrying his teen goddaughter

The South African logo The South African 2021/10/21 Megan van den Heever
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A 61-year-old American man has been likened to sex-crimes offender and R&B singer R Kelly after he recently married his teen goddaughter.

Michael Haugabook has faced intense backlash from the public after it was revealed that his wife whom he met as a young girl, Deja, has just turned 18.

The Florida father of four also shares a two-year-old daughter with his young bride.

Deja Haugabook

WHAT IN THE R KELLY?

In pictures circulating on the internet, Michael is seen with a young Deja during a time when he dated her mother years ago. He is also pictured with the teen at their recent wedding.

And Michael has been likened to R Kelly, who allegedly married then 14-year-old singer Aaliyah, as well as engaging in sex acts with numerous underage women.

ALSO READ: ‘I Believe I can Fly’? Convicted R&B star R Kelly’s fall from grace

“Be careful who you have around your kids, they may get married,” a viral post on the unconventional couple read.

Both Deja and Michael have clapped back at the criticism.

The teen posted on IG Stories: “People love to call me a child because I’m 18. First of all, I’m grown AF. I take care of all my four kids, work full time, have cars paid in full… 

“So you **** continue to hate on me  because I am a QUEEN, not a peasant.”

Deja Haugabook

And Mike quipped in a Facebook post: “It seems like I’m the only n***** who married a young woman. But since it’s me they have something to talk about. Look like you little girls are jealous of my wife but keep on promoting me, I love it”.

It seem like I’m the only Nigga in this town have married a young woman but since it’s me they got to have something 2…

Posted by Mike Haugabook on Saturday, 16 October 2021

KODAK BLACK REACTS TO VIRAL STORY

And it’s not just Michael — or R Kelly — who have a fetsish for young brides. 

Rapper Kodak Black revealed his own father did the same thing. He wrote in a since-deleted tweet: “SMH my daddy did this same sh*t.

“Left us to start another family with his goddaughter. I was about 9. But I ain’t judging nobody. To each’s own. It could be true love.”

ALSO READ: ‘Leave his music alone’: Many South Africans say they won’t cancel R Kelly

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