More people are speaking out against R. Kelly following the airing of the Surviving R. Kelly documentary – even his own daughter.
Joann Kelly, better known as Buku Abi, has broken her silence about the allegations against her father – which include abuse, predatory behavior, and pedophilia.
Buku took to Instagram Stories on Thursday (January 10) to post a lengthy statement.
“Buku here. I just want to say a few things… Before I start I just want it to be known that I am speaking from the heart, nothing I say or do not say is to hurt ANY party reading this or affected by this.”
“To the people who feel I should be speaking up/against everything that is going on right now. I just want you all to understand that devastated is an understatement for all that I feel currently,” she wrote. “I do apologize if my silence to all that is happening comes off as careless. That is my last intention. I pray for all the families & women who have been affected by my father’s actions. Trust, I have been deeply affected by all this.”
“However, it has been very difficult to process it all. Let alone gather all the right words to express everything I feel,” Buku went on to share. “Anyone that knows me personally or has been following me throughout the years knows that I do not have a relationship with my father. Nor do I speak on him or on his behalf. I also am not fond of dealing with my personal issues or personal life through social media but, I feel things are starting to get out of hand.”
“Unfortunately, for my own personal reasonings & for all my family has endured in regards to him, his life decisions and his last name, it has been years since my siblings and I have seen and or have spoken to him,” she continued. “In regards to my mother, she for the same reasonings and more, has not seen or have spoken to my father in years. My mother, siblings and I would never condone, support or be a part of ANYTHING negative he has done and or continues to do in his life.
“Going through all I have gone through in my life, I would never want anyone to feel the pain I have felt,” Buku told her followers. “Reminders of how terrible my father is, and how we should be speaking up against him, rude comments about my family, fabricating me, my siblings & our mothers ‘part’ etc. Does not help my family (Me, my sister, my brother, and my mother) in our healing process. Nor does it allow a safe space for other victims who are scared to speak up, speak up.”
“The same monster you all confronting me about is my father. I am well aware of who and what he is,” she continued. “I grew up in that house. My choice to not speak on him and what he does is for my peace of mind. My emotional state. And for MY healing. I have to do & move in a manner that is best for me.”
Buku also revealed that it was hard for her to find the words and that it took her “nearly 3 days to write this,” adding, “I just want everyone to know that I do care and I love you all. This is a very difficult subject to speak on… again, I apologize if my words don’t come out right..”
“To everyone who reached out to my family and I, sending good energy and love…Thank you. You guys really helped push us through this hard time. This past year for my family has been very difficult, all the love and support you all continue to show is why we keep going. You all fuel us,” Buku concluded her message. “Family, friends, followers, fans, etc… I love you guys to pieces. Your love is appreciated & always will be.”
R.Kelly has consistently denied allegations made against him over the years and has never been convicted of any crime tied to them.
But it seems he had quite a reputation in the music business, something Matthew Knowles, Beyonce’s dad and former manager of Destiny’s Child, had heard about.
In a recent interview with Metro, Matthew reveals that back in the 90’s, Destiny’s Child was originally set to record a song with R. Kelly for their debut album The Writing On The Wall – but ultimately turned it down.
“I personally rejected the song, because I didn’t think it was a good song,” he said, adding, “This was around 1998, we had just begun to hear some of those things.”
The group and the “I Believe I Can Fly” artist did end up working together on one song, which appeared on the soundtrack of Eddie Murphy’s film, Life.
Although R. Kelly, who penned the song, was never physically present in the studio with the Destiny’s Child members, Matthew and his then-wife Tina made sure that the girls – Beyonce, Kelly Rowland, LeToya Luckett, and LaTavia Roberson – were always accounted for while they worked in the studios.
“The girls were 15, 16. When they went to the bathroom, Tina would go with them. They did not leave our eyes,” Matthew recounted.
And he also shared that R. Kelly’s studio had quite an unusual set up. “The thing with R Kelly was, he liked to record late at night, around midnight,” Knowles explained to Metro. “And what was different with his studio was that one room had a recording suite, and next door was a club, with 40 or 50 people dancing.”
Despite all the controversy surrounding him, R. Kelly wasn’t going to let it get him down – or stop him from celebrating his birthday.
The performer, who turned 52 on Tuesday (January 8), was spotted at a nightclub in Chicago called V75 on Wednesday (January 9), performing several of his hit songs to a packed room.
“Y’all motherf**kers don’t know. It’s my motherf**king birthday and I don’t give a f**k what’s going on tonight,” said in a video of him singing “Bump ‘N Grind.”
“R. Kelly was there for his birthday and the club was packed. More packed than usual. Everyone was having a good time, drama aside. [People] still have love for R. Kelly,” a concert-goer told ET.