After Lifetime aired the documentary series Surviving R. Kelly in early January, many were horrified to hear allegations of predatory behavior, abuse and pedophilia made against the singer R. Kelly.
Celebrities took to social media to express their support for those who shared their stories on the docu-series. American singer-songwriter, John Legend, shared his thoughts on being called “courageous…for appearing on the doc.” Meanwhile, Lady Gaga removed her song in collaboration with R. Kelly, Do What U Want, from streaming devices and apologized. Kerry Washington turned to Twitter, celebrating that the hashtag #SurvivingRKelly was the #1 trending topic.
R. Kelly’s daughter broke her silence via Instagram to share her thoughts on the allegations surrounding her estranged father. Joann Kelly, who goes by the name Buku Abi, posted a statement on her Instagram story Thursday that read:
“To the people that feel I should be speaking up/against everything that is going on right now. I just want you all to understand that devastated is an understatement for all that I feel currently. I do apologize if my silence to all that is happening comes off as careless. That is my last intention. I pray for all the families & women who have been affected by my father’s actions. Trust, I have been deeply affected by all this.”
She goes on to say, “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…”
Kelly said neither she nor her siblings and mother have had any contact with their father in years. Her mother, Andrea Kelly, was married to the singer from 1996 to 2009. Andrea Kelly appeared on the series as well and shared her allegations of abuse by her ex-husband.