R. Kelly's Daughter Breaks Silence Calling Her Father A 'Monster'
R. Kelly’s daughter, Joann Kelly -- who also goes by Buku Abi, has broken her silence on her father and the allegations made against him. In a lengthy post shared via Instagram, Kelly made it clear that her statement is not intented to hurt "any party reading or affected" by her father’s actions. She went on to say, "To the people that feel I should be speaking up/against everything that is going on right now. I just want ya’ll to understand that devastated is an understatement for all that I feel currently."
Kelly, who apologized for her silence and asked that it not be misperceived as carelessness, said that she prays for the families and women who have been affected by her father’s actions. She continued, "However, it has been very difficult to process it all. Let alone gather all the right words to express everything i feel. Anyone that knows me personally or has been following me through out the years knows that i do not have a relationship with my father. Nor do I speak on him or on his behalf. I am also not fond of dealing with my personal issues or personal life experience through social media but I feel that things are starting to get out of hand."
She also said, "Unfortunately, for my own personal reasons and for all my family has endured in regards to him, his life decisions, and his last name, it has been years since my siblings and I have seen and or have spoken to him. In regards to my mother, she for the same reasons and more, has not seen or spoken to my father in years. My mother, siblings and i would never condone, support or be apart of anything negative that he has done and or continue to do in his life. Going through all i have gone through in my life, i would never want anyone to feel the pain i have felt. Reminders of how terrible my father is, and how we should be speaking up against him, rude comments about my family, fabricating me, my siblings, and our mothers 'part' etc. does not help my family(Me, my sister, my brother, and my mother) in our healing process. Nor does it allow a safe space for other victims who are scared to speak up."
Joann added, "The same monster you all confronting me about is my father. I am well aware of who and what he is. I grew up in that house. My choice to not speak on him and what he does is for my peace of mind. My emotional state. And for my healing. I have to do and move in a manner that is best for me. I pray anyone who reads this understands I put nothing but good intent behind each word. It took me nearly 3 days to write this. I just want everyone to know that i do care and i love you all. This is a very difficult subject to speak on..again, I apologize if my words don’t come out right."
R. KELLY CELEBRATES HIS BIRTHDAY IN CHICAGO NIGHTCLUB
In other news, despite the controversy surrounding R. Kelly, the singer celebrated his birthday at V75 Lounge nightclub in Chicago on Wednesday night (January 9th). After singing an A capella rendition of his record, "Bump n’ Grind," he said to the clubgoers in the audience, "Y’all motherf**kers don’t know! It’s my motherf**king birthday, and I don’t give a f**k what’s goin’ on tonight! Happy birthday to my Black a**, n***a!"
According to VladTV, law enforcement was called the the venue after being tipped of Kelly’s location. However, officials let him walk free after realizing that the report of an arrest warrant was false.
Meanwhile, according to Complex, activist Darletta Scruggs and Kendra G of a local Chicago radio station organized a rally against the singer outside of his studio. Kendra G said, "People say why are we so upset? If you watch the docuseries, all six parts, you should be upset. Everybody should be upset. There are facts that you can't deny that were in that docuseries and if you watch all six parts ... and if you're in Chicago you should be with us here right now."
Scruggs added, "His time is up. He is going to be held accountable, that there is a new generation of people who are not afraid to speak up. That we're no longer sweeping our dark secrets under the rug."