Lady Gaga, American singer-songwriter, has apologised for working with R.Kelly in the wake of the accusatory ‘Surviving R. Kelly’ series.
The pair collaborated on 2013 hit song, ‘Do What You Want (with my body)’.
The artiste said she stands with the victims of the singer, who have made allegations of sexual abuse against him.
“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 said in a statement.
“What I am hearing about the allegations against R. Kelly is absolutely horrifying and indefensible.”
Gaga, who has been a victim of sexual assault herself, blamed the video for their collaboration on her “dark times”.
The singer explained that she only made the video to create something defiant and provocative due to the anger of the trauma she was facing at the time.
She said: “As a victim of sexual assault myself, I made both the song and the video at a dark time in my life, my intention was to create something defiant and provocative because I was angry and still hadn’t processed the trauma that had occurred in my own life.
“If I could go back and have a talk with my younger self, I would tell her to go through the therapy I have since then.
“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.”
I stand by anyone who has ever been the victim of sexual assault: pic.twitter.com/67sz4WpV3i
— Lady Gaga (@ladygaga) January 10, 2019
Gaga promised to remove ‘Do What You Want’ from streaming platforms and resolved to never work with Kelly again.
“I’m sorry both for my poor judgment when I was young and for not speaking out sooner,” she said.
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