A series of events have unfolded following the airing of documentary series by Lifetime, Surviving R. Kelly. Over the last one week, we have seen fellow artists denounce the singer, crazy comments on Twitter, the emotional interview with his brother, among several others. Someone else has spoken, this time it is the embattled singer’s daughter.
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Buku Abi, who used to be known as Joann Kelly, aired her views on the allegations leveled against her father and the documentary that was aired for the first time yesterday. She relayed her views via Instastories, apologizing for her prolonged silence. She went ahead to plead for understanding from the public as she along with other members of the family had struggled with living under the impending issue for years.
She said it had taken her three days to decide whether she was going to speak at all or not. She prayed for all the women affected by her father’s actions and explained that at this point she was beyond devastated by the series of occurrences. According to her, she along with her sisters and mother had not spoken with Kelly for a couple of years due to a strained relationship which is likely to be a result of the accusations leveled against him.
Buku Abi’s mother, Andrea Kelly, was also part of the people who spoke on the documentary. She explained how she was able to rise above the pains of being abused and manipulated.