Aaliyah Hadid was born on October 19, 1995 in “The Brick City” of Sanford, North Carolina. She describes growing up in a broken home, where her mother was a drug addict and her father was mostly absent. Growing up, she frequently moved from place-to-place, claiming to have not lived in one spot for more than a year, and having moved up to 20 times during her life with her family. It may well have been these experiences that motivated her to take her education to its fullest potential. She attended the University of North Carolina in Greensboro, NC, where she studied Spanish, Political Science and Communications.