As the world is still processing everything that aired in Lifetime’s docuseries “Surviving R. Kelly,” a lot has been developing behind the scenes. For starters, an investigation against the R&B star is reportedly underway, and people that know him best are coming out to share their thoughts about the allegations and the series.
Buku Abi (also known as Joann Kelly), is the daughter of R. Kelly and Andrea Lee (who we saw on the series) and is the eldest daughter of the couple. In an emotional Instagram post, Abi called her dad a “monster” and also apologized to her dad’s victims. She shared, at length, in her Instagram story, how tough it was for her to share how she felt, even though she had been thinking about it for a long time.
“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 this or affected by this. To the people that feel I should be speaking up/against everything that is going on right now. I just want you all to understand that devastated is an understatement for all that I feel currently. I do apologize 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. Anyone that knows me personally or has been following me throughout the years knows that I do not have a relationship with my father,” Abi stated. “Nor do I speak on him or on his behalf. I also am not fond of dealing with my personal issues or personal life through social media but, I feel things are starting to get out of hand.”
“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 siblings & 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. 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. I have to do & move in a manner that is best for me. I pray anyone who reads this understands I put nothing but good intent behind each word. 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 apologize if my words don’t come out right…” She concluded her statement by saying “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, followers, fans, etc… I love you guys to pieces. Your love is appreciated & always will be.”
This is one mature young woman and we’re happy to hear she has a good support system. If you would like to support the “Mute R Kelly” campaign click here.