Lady Gaga apologizes for working with R. Kelly
She’s removing their song from streaming services
Lady Gaga posted a Twitter statement last night apologizing for working with R. Kelly on her 2013 song 'Do What U Want (With My Body)'.
"I stand behind these women 1000%, believe them, know they are suffering and in pain, and feel strongly that their voices should be heard and taken seriously," Gaga wrote in response to the allegations of sexual assault, pedophilia, and predatory behavior against the rapper. These allegations are chronicled in a Lifetime series 'Surviving R. Kelly' that premiered January 3. Many celebrities have spoken out against R. Kelly since, and Lady Gaga fans urged her to do the same.
Gaga says she wrote the song at a dark time in her life with the intention "to create something extremely defiant and provocative."
"I can't go back, but I can go forward and continue to support women, men, and people of all sexual identities and of all races who are victims of sexual assault."
Gaga apologized for not speaking out sooner and says she'll be taking the song off of streaming platforms and won't be working with him again.
I stand by anyone who has ever been the victim of sexual assault: pic.twitter.com/67sz4WpV3i
— Lady Gaga (@ladygaga) January 10, 2019