R. Kelly has won three Grammys and has a list of hits a mile long that I’m sure you know of, such as “Ignition” and “I Believe I Can Fly”. He’s also written a ton of hits for other artists. Although he’s arguably a musical genius, he’s been facing a slew of abuse allegations since the early 90s.
So it’s been two whole decades since then, and still, none of the allegations against R. Kelly have come of anything in order to punish him. Buzzfeed News published a piece in 2017 where they interviewed three parents of young women who they claimed were held against their wills by R. Kelly.
Then on January 5th, 2019, Lifetime released a six-part documentary series called Surviving R. Kelly in which they interviewed several women who say they were victims of the music mogul. People really started to pay attention after this, and now some celebs are starting to speak out against R. Kelly in light of his abuse allegations. We’re even going to look at one celeb who is still defending him.
Instagram; Lady Gaga is pictured above deplaning a private jet with her French Bulldog
Lady Gaga is one of the celebs speaking out against R. Kelly, and it’s widely known that she prides herself on being an advocate for survivors of abuse.
Fans of hers were upset for a very long time because not only did she refuse to speak out against him for years, she even defended him in an interview she gave recently in 2013.
Twitter; pictured above is the statement Lady Gaga made recently on Twitter against R. Kelly
Finally, on January 10th, 2019, Gaga changed her tune.
The singer took to Twitter to make a statement.
Lady Gaga stated that she was going through a “dark time” when she worked with R. Kelly on “Do What U Want (With My Body)” and goes on to say, “how explicitly twisted my thinking was at the time.”
“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,” Lady Gaga continued.
She finished her statement by saying she was removing the song she collaborated with R. Kelly on from iTunes and other streaming services and that she will never work with him again. “I’m sorry, both for my poor judgment when I was young, and for not speaking out sooner.”
Instagram; in the photo above, John Legend patiently lets his adorable daughter Luna cover his face in stickers
John Legend is another celeb taking a stance against R. Kelly.
The filmmakers who created the Lifetime documentary series interviewing survivors of R. Kelly’s abuse asked celebrities who had been vocally against him to appear in the series.
The filmmakers had asked Jay-Z, Lady Gaga, Celine Dion, and Dave Chapelle, who have all said things about him.
John Legend was the only celebrity who agreed to be a part of it.
Twitter; pictured above is the statement John Legend made on Twitter against R. Kelly
John took to Twitter to say, “To everyone telling me how courageous I am for appearing in the doc, it didn’t feel risky at all. I believe these women and don’t give a f**k about protecting a serial child rapist. Easy decision.”
He continued in the comments section with, “These survivors deserved to be lifted up and heard. I hope it gets them closer to some kind of justice.”
Cara Delevingne took to Instagram recently to say that R. Kelly is, “worse than Harvey Weinstein.” She also claims that she lost over 50,000 of her followers on Instagram after she spoke out against R. Kelly.
Instagram; Cara Delevingne is pictured above sitting on a motorcycle