On Thursday, 32-year-old music legend Lady Gaga apologized on her Facebook page for collaborating with R. Kelly, who has been accused of multiple counts of inappropriate sexual behavior in the Lifetime docu-series “Surviving R. Kelly.”
In 2013 Gaga collaborated with R. Kelly on the song “Do What U Want (With My Body)”. They also performed the song live on “Saturday Night Live.”
Gaga broke her silence after the finale on her show. Gaga, herself a victim of sexual assault, apologized and said she will be removing “Do What U Want (With My Body)” from all streaming media platforms.
In a message posted on Twitter, Lady Gaga, herself a sexual assault survivor, apologized and said she would be removing “Do What U What” from streaming platforms. Lady Gaga explained it was at a “dark time” in her life when she collaborated with Kelly.
On Twitter, the singer said that she was very angry and had not processed the sexual assault that happened in her life at the time of the collaboration. “Do What U Want” (With My Body) was a way of lashing out.
She went on to say if she could go back in time and talk to herself, she would tell herself to get into therapy. Gaga informed her readers that she has been in therapy and now understands her post-traumatic state-of-mind. She urged any victim of sexual assault to seek help and to be honest with the therapist about the assault.
Gaga concluded her Twitter account, saying she will never work with R. Kelly again and noted that she was not trying to make excuses.
“Til it happens to you, you don’t know how it feels,” she wrote. “But I do know how I feel now” Gaga affirmed.
Written By Barbara Sobel
CNN: Lady Gaga speaks out on R. Kelly and plans to remove song collaboration from iTunes
The Washington Post: Lady Gaga denounces R. Kelly, vows to take duet off streaming services
Huffington Post: Lady Gaga Apologizes For Song With R. Kelly, Vows To Pull It Off The Market
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