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This R.Kelly Interview is the most Honest you’ll Ever Read! Child Pornography Allegations, Being a Victim of Abuse & More

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GQ Magazine is calling it ” The Confessions of R.Kelly” and we have to agree.

The 48-year-old music legend gets so real in this interview with Chris Heath as he talks about everything from those child pornography allegations that almost ruined his career, suffering sexual abuse as a child his deviant sexual practices including urinating on people, his marriage to 15-year-old Aaliyah and more.

See excerpts below.

Inability to Read

On his inability to read as a child: Other kids could read, other kids could write, other kids could spell, they could do math. I felt like an alien, I felt like an outcast. I felt like, ‘What is going to happen to me?’ My mother couldn’t answer it. My stepfather wasn’t really interested in it one way or another. And my brothers and sisters were so young at the time they wouldn’t do nothing but tease me about it. I was the ‘dummy’: ‘How you gon’ do this? You can’t even read!’

On still struggling with reading as an adult: Since my daughter showed me voice texts on my phone, I’ve gotten a lot better. I’m not a A student, I’m not even a B student, but I’ve gotten a lot better with the reading because of texts. And I can voice-text and say whatever I want to people. And then they text me back and I take my time and I can read through it.

Sexual Abuse as a Child

On hiding his sexual abuse from his mother: [I] put [it] so far in the back of my mind that I even forgot about it. As I got older, the more I just didn’t want it to be in my past. The more I became successful.

On one of his sexual abuse experiences: It was a crazy weird experience. But not a full-blown experience, because it didn’t go down. Contact sexual—no. A visual—absolutely. A visual from him showing me his penis and all that stuff.

On another sexual abuse that lasted years: I tried to push her away, but she wouldn’t stop until she was finished. When she was, she said, “You better not say shit to no one or else you gonna get a terrible whupping.” At first, I couldn’t judge it. I remember it feeling weird. I remember feeling ashamed. I remember closing my eyes or keeping my hands over my eyes. I remember those things, but couldn’t judge it one way or the other fully. It became a regular thing. Every other day, every other week. As far as I can remember, about [age] 7 or 8 to maybe 14, 15. Something like that.

On confronting the person: Maybe eight, nine years ago. Didn’t want to talk about it. Didn’t own up to it. Told me, ‘Sometime when you’re kids, you think you’ve been through something, or did something, that you didn’t do, probably was a dream.’ Things like that. But it was definitely not a dream.

Aaliyah

On rumours he married Aaliyah when she was 15: Well, because of Aaliyah’s passing, as I’ve always said, out of respect for her mother who’s sick and her father who’s passed, I will never have that conversation with anyone. Out of respect for Aaliyah, and her mother and father who has asked me not to personally. But I can tell you I loved her, I can tell you she loved me, we was very close. We were, you know, best best best best friends.

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Child Pornography Allegations

On people still buying his records after the 2002 drama: I don’t think so. I don’t think so. I just think those people didn’t believe that nonsense. That’s what I think. And they said, ‘The hell with what other people are saying—we love R. Kelly, we believe R. Kelly, he was found innocent, he’s moving on with his life, he’s not letting that tear him down.’ I believe that’s what it was.

On being found not guilty: Well, to be honest with you, man…however, whatever, whenever. When a person is found not guilty, they’re found not guilty. And it doesn’t matter if it’s a murder case, it doesn’t matter what case it is, when they’re found not guilty, they’re not guilty. And I think that a lot of haters out there wanted to see me go down.

On the people who accused him being liars: All of them. And it wasn’t many. It wasn’t like it was a whole ton of people. But the people that did were absolutely lying. Absolutely.

On why they lied: Look, if I break up with a girl, and she don’t wanna break up, and I’m R. Kelly, she’s gonna be pissed. So pissed that she’s gonna go out there, she’s gonna say this, she’s gonna say that, she’s gonna say the other. And if she’s really pissed, whoever she said it to is gonna spread the rumor, and if the wrong people get ahold of that rumor, that’s gonna come out. If that come out, I gotta get a lawyer, and once I get that lawyer, that lawyer gonna tell me to shut up. Because no matter what you say, you’re gonna look bad. Okay, so now it goes from that to ‘Oh, they’re really serious, they want to sue you.’ What the lawyers tell me? ‘You should settle. Your album’s coming out. You have a GQ front cover coming out, you have BET next week, you have the Grammys coming up. Wrong or right, you can win the battle and lose the war. It’s on you, but that’s what we advise you to do.’ I go home, I think about all my hard work, I look at my studio, I look at my kids, I look at my wife at the time, or any other time, and I say, ‘I don’t want to settle.’ I want to fight because I know I’m right, I know I’m innocent, have nothing to hide—she wanted me, I wanted her, she was of age, I’m of age. But she’ll say, ‘Well, I didn’t meet him here, I met him then.’ That’s what they’re saying.

On life being unfair to him: I think, man, abso-effing-lutely I’ve been treated unfair. Yes. I’m not, you know, this innocent guy with a halo over his head. No, I love women. Do I like to sleep with underage girls? Absolutely not. I’ve said it a million times. But do I have people trying to destroy my career? Absolutely.

Bill Cosby

On his perspective of the situation: Well, my opinion on that is, I don’t know what happened. I’m a fan of Bill Cosby’s from the Bill Cosby show, of course—who’s not?—and for me to give my opinion on something that I have no idea if it’s true or not, all I can say is that it was a long time ago. And when I look on TV and I see the 70-, 80-, 90-year-old ladies talking about what happened when they were 17, 18, or 19, there’s something strange about it. That’s my opinion. It’s just strange. Strange is strange. I can’t explain strange. That’s why strange is strange. Because it’s something we can’t explain.

On if the women are telling the truth: If God showed me that they were telling the truth, I would say that’s wrong. I don’t care if it was a zillion years ago. But God would have to do that, because God is the only one can show me that. No man can tell me that. No woman can tell me that. And when you wait 70 years, 50 years, 40 years, to say something that simple, it’s strange. You know why I say that is because it happened to me, and it wasn’t true.

You can read up the full interview (which was conducted over 4 days) here.

Photo Credit: GQ Magazine

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10 Comments

  1. Juwon

    January 21, 2016 at 10:47 am

    I thought Bellanaija “stands together with victims of sexual and domestic abuse”, but yet chooses to give this paedophile a platform. “Honest…” my a**.

    • word

      January 21, 2016 at 11:57 am

      Brother, unless u were there when he was ‘paedophiling’. Their courts says he’s not, why shld BN join u in sipping ur soured yoyo bitters. Biko cooluo down.

    • Ann

      January 21, 2016 at 12:45 pm

      There are literally videos of him paedophiling and he can talk all that rubbish about not saying anything about Aaliyah cos she’s desd but court records proove that he married her at 15 then wrote her that very creepy “age ain’t nothing but a number” then divorced her immediately she was legal. These are facts. R jelly is a paedophile – fact!

    • Caligula

      January 21, 2016 at 12:48 pm

      Pls hush.. ? rolling stone gave him a platform, not BN. Anyway, he comes off as unintelligent. None of his replies were coherent, more scattered.. Ah!

  2. christabel

    January 21, 2016 at 11:29 am

    Juwon did he do it to you or your sister? It’s just a question anyways. I’m sorry if you went through it as a child, learn not to judge people without knowing them or the truth.

  3. @edDREAMZ

    January 21, 2016 at 11:47 am

    a.k.a EDWIN CHINEDU AZUBUKO said…
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    No one found him guilty though and thats fact…..
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    ***CURRENTLY IN JUPITER***

  4. Dilish

    January 21, 2016 at 1:00 pm

    All this to buy sympathy cos records are not selling. Whats the difference between doing the interview then and now? After making his victims sign confidentiality agreements and begging pple to buy his records he is still not selling.

    Dude we see you. You may have been victim once but you should have spoken up a long time ago! Shared your story a long time ago. You doing it now after begging for record sales is just sad and a lil desperate.
    Your experience as a victim of sexual abuse could have been a huge platform for you to be a voice for others but no, you chose silence cos you wanted to sell records. Now you here again cos records aint selling no more and you want us to empathize with you? No

  5. j'suis belle

    January 21, 2016 at 1:02 pm

    get a life dude and stop living on past dirty glory,i know it hurts not to be on top any more, with girls falling over you and stuff. But pull urself together suck it up and consider a better retirement plan

  6. prince

    January 21, 2016 at 1:04 pm

    You asked right Christable and you own that thing called juwon any apology. Why do people find it so easy to accuse someone just like that (snaps my finger).
    He was found not guilty after all the bullsh*t. Keep doing what you’re doing Kellz, I am one of those you’ve inspired and blessed with your unique voice.

  7. Cindy

    January 21, 2016 at 3:51 pm

    I can’t believe he said it is strange that the victims are just speaking out now. I can’t believe he said that. He said he confronted his abuser just eight years ago, that means he was 37 when he did that and he still has the guts to say this is strange? Please get out of here!

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