With several spotlights already shining on R. Kelly from boycotts, to the temporary removal of his songs from Spotify-curated playlists, to more sexual misconduct allegations and lawsuits, and accusations he’s running a sex cult, now another one has been pointed straight at him by his ex-wife Andrea Kelly.
In an interview with TV One’s Sister Circle, Ms. Kelly alleges she was the victim of domestic abuse during her 13-year marriage with R. Kelly. They married in 1996 and divorced in 2009.
Ms. Kelly said on the show — through tears — that she wasn’t “the teeth missing” or “broken-bone girl” but said that she’d answered a questionnaire on a domestic violence awareness website that started each line with, “Has your abuser ever…”. Of the 17 questions, R. Kelly had allegedly done 15 of the actions toward her.
She also looked into the camera to address her ex-husband directly about what he’d written about her in his 2012 autobiography: “Robert, you don’t get to tell my story … You don’t get to tell people that we got divorced because I had a problem with being a stay-at-home mom. We got divorced because I was no longer going to sit and be violated. What he did to me was criminal.”
As far as why she decided to speak up now, she wanted to find her footing first: “I was not strong enough. How can I be a voice for the voiceless when I don’t even have my own? So, I had to wait until God said, ‘OK, daughter. It’s time.’”
Andrea Kelly was previously on VH1’s Hollywood Exes and is now a choreographer, dancer, actress, motivational speaker and fashion designer.
The episode will re-air on June 18 at 12 p.m. ET on TV One.