NEW YORK – Aaliyah's heartbroken boyfriend revealed yesterday the two planned to marry next year, saying, "She was the one, she was definitely the one for me."
Roc-A-Fella Records CEO Damon Dash told MTV News that Aaliyah's tragic death shattered the bright future they had planned.
"We were definitely gonna be married. As soon as she had time, we were getting married - like after [she completed filming on] The Matrix," Dash said in a trembling voice.
The 22-year-old singer, seven members of her video crew and their pilot were killed Saturday when their plane crashed in flames as it took off from the Bahamas en route to Miami.
Dash, 30, said the Brooklyn-born singer was the "best person I have ever known."
The couple had an on-again, off-again relationship for the past year but had gotten increasingly serious in recent months, said a source that knows the pair.
"Every day that we were together, we cherished," Dash said. "Every memory — every day was a special event, whether it was going to a store or going to a movie or just sitting in a house.
"Wherever we were was like our own little party, in our own little world."
The record executive said Aaliyah had the unique ability to thrive in any kind of a social setting.
Her sharp sense of humor made her a hit in both the Hamptons and Harlem.
"She was the only girl that got to hang out with my homeboys on the level of a homeboy," Dash said.
"It was like being with your homeboy and your girl at the same time."
Dash said she was unpretentious despite her superstar status.
"She would carry herself like such a normal individual," Dash said.
"We would pop into a McDonald's or Wendy's . . . and people just wouldn't believe it."
A private funeral for the singer is planned tomorrow at the Frank E. Campbell Funeral Home on Madison Avenue, where police erected barricades yesterday.
Details of the service were still being worked out, a funeral home spokesman said.
Aaliyah's family has held a private visitation with the body, but there were no plans for a public wake.
A public memorial for fans put on by record company Virgin is being planned. Details of the memorial are expected to be released today.