R. Kelly’s estranged daughter has broken her silence on the allegations against her “monster” father. Joann Kelly, also known as Buku Abi, took to her Instagram Story on January 10th to share a lengthy post in the aftermath of Lifetime’s Surviving R. Kelly documentary. The teen wrote, “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.”
In the next slide, Abi called her father a “monster,” and explained that her decision not to speak about him is a form of healing. She wrote, “My choice to not speak on him and what he does is for my peace of mind. My emotional state. And for MY healing. I pray anyone who reads this understands I put nothing but good intent behind each word.”
Abi’s statement comes on the heels of Lifetime’s bombshell documentary Surviving R. Kelly, which premiered on January 3rd. The three-night special featured heartbreaking testimonials from women who claim the R&B singer sexually and mentally abused them, in some cases over the course of decades. Following Lifetime’s special, the Fulton County District Attorney’s Office in Georgia reportedly opened a criminal investigation into the singer’s abuses.
Abi is the eldest child of Kelly and ex-wife Andrea, who took part in Lifetime’s documentary. Abi concluded her statement: “To everyone who reached out to my family and I, sending good energy and love.. Thank you… I just ask when you come here you bring peace & nothing else.”
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