R. Kelly’s daughter calls out ‘terrible’ father, shares support for his victims


R. Kelly’s daughter breaks her silence to speak out against her father and show that she supports victims of his actions.

While allegations and even direct evidence about R. Kelly’s sexual relationships with minors have been around for years, the recent documentary Surviving R. Kelly has finally forced Hollywood and the public at large to confront the proof. The shocking and difficult documentary details the many, many sexual relationships he has had with teenage girls over the years and includes interviews with some of his victims who detail the horrible abuse they endured. The doc also shows how the entertainment industry and fans allowed R. Kelly get away with this behavior, despite many red flags about his predatory behavior.

Lifetime released the 6-part documentary series, and since its debut, several celebrities have spoken out against R. Kelly. For example, John Legend is featured heavily in the documentary, and has voiced his support for those who’ve come forward about R. Kelly.

This week, Lady Gaga also tweeted her support of victims and announced that she will be pulling her song “Do What U Want,” which featured R. Kelly, from streaming services.

R. Kelly’s monstrous actions have impacted many lives, including the lives of his own children. His daughter, Buku Abi (Joann Kelly), has spoken out about the allegations against her father, who she is estranged from.

Yesterday, she shared a lengthy message on her Instagram Stories in which she explained she hasn’t seen R. Kelly in many years and that he is “terrible.” She also explained and apologized for why she hadn’t spoken up about this issue in the past saying that, “I do apologize if my silence to all that is happening comes off as careless.”

Buku implored readers to remember that she has been impacted by R. Kelly’s criminal actions, too, “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.”

We can’t imagine how difficult it would be to be in Buku Abi’s situation. In the documentary series, her mother and R. Kelly’s ex-wife, Andrea Kelly, explains how abusive Kelly was to her, as well.

As Buku Abi wrote, “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.”

The documentary Surviving R. Kelly is a difficult thing to watch, and can be triggering for many. We support and stand with those who have spoken out against R. Kelly, from his victims to his family.

If you or someone you know feels they are being abused, call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-7233 (SAFE). For anonymous, confidential help, available 24/7, you can call 1-800-787-3224 (TTY).