Lady Gaga finally broke her silence about R. Kelly in a statement posted on Twitter on January 10.
The pop star and “A Star Is Born” lead said she stands with the women alleging that Kelly abused them — allegations that the R&B singer has denied.
“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,” she stated. “What I am hearing about the allegations against R. Kelly is absolutely horrifying and indefensible.”
Gaga has been under pressure to comment on the years of allegations against R. Kelly ever since the duo collaborated on “Do What U Want (With My Body),” the second single off her 2013 album “Artpop.”
“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,” she stated. “The song is called ‘Do What U Want (With My Body),’ I think it’s clear how explicitly twisted my thinking was at the time.”
Gaga said she will remove the song from all streaming platforms.
Kelly is facing renewed scrutiny about his past, following the premiere of Lifetime docuseries “Surviving R. Kelly.”