R. Kelly’s Ex-Wife and Daughter Confess They’re ‘Torn’ Over Sexual Abuse Allegations
As the discussion about Surviving R. Kelly and the subsequent criminal investigation continues, the R&B star's ex-wife Andrea "Drea" Kelly, and their daughter Joann, spoke to Good Morning Britain about how they're dealing with the allegations of sexual abuse.
"It's devastating at heart, because I wear two hats. I sit here not only as a survivor, but also as the mother of his [three] children." Drea, who was married to R. Kelly between 1996 and 2009, explained.
"I don't think people have a clear understanding that we're dealing with two people here," she continued. "There's R. Kelly the persona and then there's Robert the person. Myself and my daughter, we're connected to Robert the person. So it is very personal, him being my ex-husband, and the father of my children."
After acknowledging she cannot speak on behalf of others, Drea emotionally revealed what she endured being married to the troubled singer for 13 years.
"I can only speak to my truth and my truth is what I survived—he was abusive to me verbally, emotionally, physically, sexually and as we stand today, he's financially abusing me," she said. "He stopped paying child support when I came forward in June of 2018."
Joann is also having a hard time, admitting her "heart is torn into two separate places."
"It's very painful to see that all of these people are now being affected and have been affected by somebody who I do care about and have a very strenuous relationship with," the 21-year-old said.
The docuseries tells the harrowing stories of several young women who were sexually abused by the 52-year-old singer. Since it aired, many artists who had collaborated with R. Kelly in the past spoke out, and his record label, Sony, dropped him.