R Kelly’s Daughter Speaks Out Against Her Father In Brave And Heartbreaking Post

Daisy Murray
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From ELLE

After decades of allegations of child pornography, sexual assault and abuse (as well as physical and emotional abuse), against R&B singer R Kelly, one docu-series, Surviving R Kelly, appears to have finally awoken public consciousness on the issue.

John Legend appeared in the documentary, to decry the 'Ignition' singer and Lady Gaga, who worked with the 52 year-old repeatedly publicly apologised and pulled her songs with him from streaming services, whilst model Cara Delevingne lost 50k followers on her own Instagram for expressing her disgust and anger at the award-winning star.

Now, R Kelly's (who, FYI, continually denies accusations of wrongdoing) own daughter has said her piece, and its devastating.

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Buku Abi (given name Joann Kelly) took to Instagram on Thursday night to finally reveal her perspective. Buku is estranged from her father, but her mother, Kelly’s ex-wife Andrea Kelly, detailed her own claims against her ex-husband and father to her children.

The 20 year-old's long message is in support of Kelly's alleged victims, that include her own mother, and explains why, for her own mental health, she has needed to keep quiet about her father's alleged abuse.

Buku's mother Andrea filed a restraining order against Kelly in 2005 and divorced him in 2009.

Here is Buku's full, and brave 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 or affected by this.

To the people that feel I should be speaking up/ against everything that is going to right now. I just want you all to understand that devastated is an understatement for all that I feel currently. I do apologise 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 of this. However, it has been very difficult to process it all. Let alone gather all the right words to express everything I feel.

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 experience 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.

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. Reminders of how terrible my father is, and how we should be speaking up against him, rude comments about my family, fabricating me, my sibling, & 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. I grew up in that house. My choice to not speak on him and what he does is for my peace of mine. My emotional state. And for MY healing. I have to do & move in a matter that is best for me.

I pray for anyone who reads this understands I put nothing but good intent behind each word. It took me nearly 3 days to write this. 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 apologise 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. Family, friends, fans, etc … I love you guys to pieces. Your love is appreciated & will always be reciprocated.

For anyone new to my page, I just ask when you come here you bring peace & nothing else.

Love, Buku Abi






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