Lady GaGa Breaks Her Silence On R. Kelly In Lengthy Apology
Lady GaGa has finally broken her silence on R. Kelly.
Following Wednesday night’s airing of Lifetime docuseries Surviving R. Kelly, the artist took to her Instagram Story, Facebook, and Twitter to apologize for ever collaborating with the R&B singer.
For those who may not remember, the songstress featured a duet with the controversial star titled Do What U Want on her album Artpop in 2013. They later went on to perform the single on Saturday Night Live and the AMAs. A video was filmed by Terry Richardson, with leaked footage making its way out, but after being delayed, the whole visual was scrapped.
Most recently, GaGa was called out by Surviving R. Kelly producer Dream Hampton for her work with the controversial artist who has been accused of sexual, physical, and mental abuse.
Well, in a lengthy statement yesterday, GaGa noted she will never work with Kelly again:
“I stand by anyone who has ever been the victim of sexual assault.”
And she continued, giving his alleged victims their support, writing:
“I stand behind these women 1000%, believe them, know they are suffering and in pain, and feel strongly that their voices should be heard and taken seriously. What I am hearing about the allegations against R. Kelly is absolutely horrifying and indefensible. As a victim of sexual assault myself, 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. The song is called ‘Do What U Want (With My Body).’ I think it’s clear how explicitly twisted my thinking was at the time.”
“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 what we’ve been through.”
The 32-year-old singer also added that the song would be pulled from streaming services, and apologized for not speaking up sooner.
Read her full apology (below):
I stand by anyone who has ever been the victim of sexual assault: pic.twitter.com/67sz4WpV3i
— Lady Gaga (@ladygaga) January 10, 2019
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