Since the hashtag #MuteRKelly began trending on Twitter, the internet has been reaching out to artists that have collaborated with the singer to remove their songs with him. R Kelly is under investigation of multiple sexual assaults, dating back as far as 1990.
A documentary series called “Surviving R. Kelly”, featured on Lifetime channel, tell the stories of many victims of sexual assault by the 52 years old singer. It has also led to police in Georgia and Chicago launching a criminal investigation. Kelly has denied all sexual abuse claims.
Some artists that have collaborated with R Kelly such as Jay-Z, Justin Bieber, Mariah Carey, and Lady Gaga refused to take part in the documentary.
Upon the initial release of the single “Do What You Want (With My Body)” in 2013, Gaga faced public scrutiny for working with R Kelly, who had already stood on trial for charges of child pornography. The two had even performed together on Saturday Night Live and at the American Music Awards.
At the time, Gaga defended her collaboration, telling a press conference in Japan: “R. Kelly and I have sometimes very untrue things written about us, so in a way, this was a bond between us. That we were able to say, the public, they can have our bodies, but they cannot have our mind or our heart. It was a really natural collaboration.”
Today, January 10, Lady Gaga shared on Twitter an apology for collaborating with him in 2013, in the single “Do What You Want (With My Body)” during her ARTPOP era.
I stand by anyone who has ever been the victim of sexual assault: pic.twitter.com/67sz4WpV3i
— Lady Gaga (@ladygaga) January 10, 2019
Gaga said: “I stand behind these women 1000 per cent, believe them, know they are suffering and in pain, and feel strongly that their voices should be heard and taken seriously.”
Gaga added the allegations against Kelly are “absolutely horrifying and indefensible”.
She added: “As a victim of sexual assault myself, I made 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)’ and I think it’s clear how explicitly twisted my thinking was at the time.”
Lady Gaga said she also wished she could advise her younger self to “go through the therapy I have since then”.
The statement continued: “I can go forward and continue to support women, men and people of all sexual identities and of all races who are victims of sexual assault.”
Lady Gaga also said that she will remove the single ‘Do What U Want (With My Body)’ from iTunes, Spotify and any other streaming services.
In a reference to an Oscar-nominated song, Gaga added: “Til it happens to you, you don’t know how it feels. But I do know how I feel now”.
“I intend to remove the song off iTunes and other streaming services and will not be working with him again.”
“I’m sorry, both for my poor judgment when I was young and for not speaking out sooner. I love you.”
To be fair the only version of the single we would like to listen and watch would be the one she did with Christina Aguilera, during an iconic performance in “The Voice”.
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