Although she couldn’t be obtained for interview purposes in the recent six-installment docuseries Surviving R. Kelly, for which the best-selling R&B artist is now facing legal action, six-time Grammy-award-winning artist Lady Gaga is finally speaking her mind on the matter.
“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,” Gaga said in a Tweet early Thursday morning. “What I am hearing about the allegations against R Kelly is absolutely horrifying and indefensible.”
I stand by anyone who has ever been the victim of sexual assault: pic.twitter.com/67sz4WpV3i
— Lady Gaga (@ladygaga) January 10, 2019
Gaga also went on to apologize for her 2013 single, “Do What U Want,” which featured guest vocals from Kelly. “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.”
A 2013 press conference with Gaga sheds some light on her view of the nature of the song and the true meaning of its suggestive title.
R. Kelly and I have sometimes very untrue things written about us,” the singer explained in the conference. “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.”
“I think it’s clear how explicitly twisted my thinking was at the time… I can’t go back, but 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.
The 32-year-old singer, who recently received a Golden Globe for the song “Shallow” from A Star is Born has made it clear her actions were a mistake and she has no plans to work with R. Kelly again. “I intend to remove this song off of iTunes and other streaming platforms and will not be working with him again,” she said. “I’m sorry, both for my poor judgment when I was young, and for not speaking out sooner.”