Lady Gaga Finally Spoke Out About Working With R. Kelly But Some of Her Fans Still Aren’t Happy
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Thanks to the Lifetime docu-series Surviving R. Kelly, there has been mounting pressure for Hollywood to denounce the musician.
The latest star to step forward in support of Kelly’s victims is Lady Gaga. The ‘Born This Way’ musician issued a message to the victims along with an apology for collaborating with Kelly in 2013 — but not all of her fans are ready to accept her apology.
In case you missed it, Lady Gaga and R. Kelly collaborated on the song ‘Do What U Want’ five years ago. The collaboration ruffled some fans’ feathers from the get-go since Lady Gaga has spoken about her experience with sexual assault before yet decided to work with an alleged sexual predator.
“As a victim of sexual assault myself, I made both the song and the video at a dark time in my life,” Lady Gaga wrote in a statement Wednesday night. “My intention was to create something defiant and provocative because I was angry and still hadn’t processed the trauma that occurred in my own life.”
Along with her apology, Lady Gaga announced that she will be removing the song from streaming platforms, but as of January 10, the song is still on both iTunes and Spotify. It was also revealed a number of celebrities declined to participate in Surviving R. Kelly, including Lady Gaga.
Despite the singer’s apologies and impending removal of the song, she continues to receive criticism for “turning a blind eye” to the situation and waiting until now to address it. You can read Lady Gaga’s full statement below.
I stand by anyone who has ever been the victim of sexual assault: pic.twitter.com/67sz4WpV3i
— Lady Gaga (@ladygaga) January 10, 2019