Of all the famous names to have worked with accused sexual predator, R Kelly, only a tiny handful have come forward to express their regret. John Legend. Chance the Rapper. And now Lady Gaga.
After criticism mounted about the singer’s decision to stay silent on the issue, on Thursday she finally spoke up, apologising for a 2013 collaboration with the RnB star, who is facing allegations that he committed multiple acts of sexual abuse, some against underage girls. The claims have been aired via the six-part documentary series Surviving R Kelly, in which several women reported being beaten, sexually assaulted and imprisoned by Kelly.
In a statement, Gaga described the allegations against the 52-year-old as “horrifying and indefensible” and promised fans their song, ‘Do What U Want (With My Body)’, would be removed from streaming services.
"As a victim of sexual assault myself, I made both the song and the 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," Lady Gaga said in a statement.
"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.
"I intend to remove this song off of iTunes and other streaming platforms and will not be working with him again. I'm sorry, both for my poor judgement when I was young, and for not speaking out sooner."