Lady Gaga Breaks Silence Over R. Kelly And Removes Collaboration From Streaming Services
10 January 2019, 07:10 | Updated: 10 January 2019, 14:26
Following the controversy surrounding R. Kelly, Lady Gaga has released a statement saying she's sorry for working with the rapper.
The singer and actor, Lady Gaga, posted a lengthy statement to her 77.6 million Twitter followers apologising for working with R. Kelly.
This comes after a documentary series detailed decades of sexual abuse against the R&B singer.
In the note, the 'A Star Is Born' performer wrote "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.
"What I am hearing about the allegations against R Kelly is absolutely horrifying and indefensible," continued Lady Gaga. "As a victim of sexual assault myself, I made both 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".
I stand by anyone who has ever been the victim of sexual assault: pic.twitter.com/67sz4WpV3i— Lady Gaga (@ladygaga) January 10, 2019
The song Gaga was referring to was 'Do What U Want (With My Body)' - a collaboration she made with R. Kelly - which she said she would now remove from iTunes and other streaming platforms, and declares she wouldn't work with him again.
Speaking of 'Do What U Want (With My Body)', the 'Poker Face' singer said "I think it's clear how explicitly twisted my thinking was at the time. If I could go back and have a talk with my younger self I'd tell her to go through the therapy I have since then, so that I could understand the confused post-traumatic state that I was in."
After she stated her love for her fans, they reciprocated it by sharing their praise for Lady Gaga, for her courage, empathy and action.