At the time, Gaga seemingly had no choice but to comment on the R. Kelly controversy. She faced intense scrutiny for side-stepping the drama, most notably declining to appear in Surviving R. Kelly, Lifetime’s six-part series featuring interviews with women, including Kitti Jones, #MeToo founder Tarana Burke, R&B singer Sparkle and Kelly’s ex-wife Andrea Kelly, who speak out against Kelly’s history of alleged sexual abuse and pedophilia, but the Internet wasn’t having it.
Gaga made things right. She released an official statement addressing her 2013 collaboration with R. Kelly, “Do What U Want,” promises to remove it off streaming platforms, and apologized for working with him. She also comments on her regrettable decision making. Ugh, hindsight is always 20/20.
Kelly called the Oscar winner “a very great talent,” but added it’s “unfortunate that her intelligence go to such a short level when it comes to that.” It’s unclear what he’s referring to specifically. Kelly said he has “nothing against” Gaga or John Legend, who called Kelly a “serial child rapist,” but thinks “it’s not professional for them to do that.”
R. Kelly is responding to Gaga’s move. He participated in an explosive interview with Gayle King to discuss the allegations.