Lady Gaga Speaks Out Against R. Kelly; Accepts National Board Of Review Award
Lady Gaga is speaking out about working with R. Kelly, who has been back in the headlines following the airing of Lifetime docu-series Surviving R. Kelly, which details the sexual abuse allegations against the singer.
The singer, 32, who collaborated with Kelly in 2013 duet "Do What U Want (With My Body)," broke her silence on Wednesday night in the midst of the abuse allegations around the musician.
"I stand by anyone who has ever been the victim of sexual assault," she captioned the note. "I made both the song and video at a dark time in my life, my intention was to create something extremely defiant and provocative because I was angry and still hadn’t processed the trauma that had occurred in my own life," she wrote.
"If I could go back and have a talk with my younger self I’d tell her to go through the therapy I have since then, so that I could understand the confused post-traumatic state that I was in – or if therapy was not available to me or anyone in my situation – to seek help, and speak as openly and honestly as possible about we’ve been through. I can’t go back, but I can go forward and continue to support women, men and people of all sexual identities, and of all races, who are victims of sexual assault," she added.
"I intend to remove this song off of iTunes and other streaming platforms and will not be working with him again. I’m sorry, both for my poor judgment when I was young, and for not speaking out sooner. I love you."
Meanwhile, Lady Gaga accepted her award for Best Actress from the National Board of Review Tuesday night, delivering a 13-minute speech in which she thanked her fiancé Christian Carino and her Italian family.
She kicked off the speech by discussing the experience of working on A Star Is Born with director and co-star Bradley Cooper and the process of creating her character, Ally.
"Ally was all the things I was not when I went out into the world to pursue my dreams," she told the audience at Cipriani 42nd Street in New York City."
"I had to reflect on an earlier time in my life, in high school and earlier when I was bullied. I felt unheard. I was traumatized by people telling me over and over again that I wasn’t and couldn’t become who I dreamed of becoming." She explained that she was able "to face the trauma of my childhood, and bring to the forefront in myself and onscreen the things I have hid for many years in my own work as a musician."
Later she thanked her fiancé, saying, "Thank you, Christian, who’s not here, but I’ll let him read this later. Thank you for loving and taking care of my heart every day."
She closed out the speech with a tribute to her family. Her mom, Cynthia Germanotta, had accompanied her to the event. "I have always made art not just for myself, but to make my family proud," Gaga, born Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta, said. She added, "I did this one Germanotta-style."