R. Kelly‘s daughter Buku Abi is breaking her silence on the allegations surrounding her estranged father.
On Thursday, Abi — whose actual identify is Joann Kelly — posted a prolonged message on her Instagram Tales, condemning her “horrible” father, who she mentioned she hasn’t seen in years, for his actions and defined why it took her so lengthy to talk out.
Kelly, 52, has lately come underneath intense scrutiny within the wake of the Lifetime docuseries, Surviving R. Kelly, that options interviews with ladies who declare that for many years the hit-making singer and producer used his energy and affect to sexually and bodily abuse ladies and younger women.
“Earlier than I begin I simply need it to be recognized that I’m talking from the guts, nothing I say or don’t say is to harm ANY celebration studying this or affected by this,” Buku started her publish.
“To the folks that really feel I ought to be talking up/towards every part that is occurring proper now. I simply need you all to know that devastated is an understatement for all that I really feel at the moment,” she wrote. “I do apologize if my silence to all that’s taking place comes off as careless.”
“That’s my final intention. I pray for all of the households & ladies who’ve been affected by my father’s actions. Belief, I’ve been deeply affected by all of this,” she continued.
From there, the singer-songwriter mentioned that whereas it’s been “very troublesome to course of all of it” and “collect all the best phrases to precise every part I really feel,” she clarified that she has not had a relationship with Kelly for fairly a while.
“Anybody that is aware of me personally or has been following me all through the years is aware of that I wouldn’t have a relationship with my father,” Buku defined. “Nor do I converse on him or on his behalf. I additionally am not keen on coping with my private points or private life by way of social media however, I really feel issues are beginning to get out of hand.”
Along with her private estranged relationship with Kelly, Buku mentioned her household, together with her siblings and mom, additionally hadn’t seen him for years. Their choice to chop him out of their lives got here after enduring many challenges “with regard to him, his life choices and his final identify,” she mentioned.
“My mom, siblings and I’d by no means condone, assist or be part of ANYTHING adverse he has completed and or continues to do in his life,” she added.
“Going by way of all I’ve gone by way of in my life, I’d by no means need anybody to really feel the ache I’ve felt,” Buku continued within the subsequent publish. “Reminders of how horrible my father is, and the way we ought to be talking up towards him, impolite feedback about my household, fabricating me, my siblings & our moms ‘half’ and so on. Doesn’t assist my household (Me, my sister, my brother, and my mom) in our therapeutic course of. Nor does it permit a protected area for different victims who’re scared to talk up, converse up.”
“The identical monster you all confronting me about is my father. I’m properly conscious of who and what he’s. I grew up in that home,” she continued.
Of why she selected to remain quiet for thus lengthy, Buku defined that it was for “my peace of thoughts. My emotional state. And for MY therapeutic.”
“I’ve to do & transfer in a way that’s greatest for me. I pray anybody who reads this understands I put nothing however good intent behind every phrase,” she defined, including that the assertion took her three days to compose.
“I simply need everybody to know that I do care and I really like you all,” she concluded. “This can be a very troublesome topic to talk on… once more, I apologize if my phrases don’t come out proper..”
In her ultimate word, Buku thanked her household’s supporters for serving to “push us by way of this tough time.”
“This previous yr for my household has been very troublesome, all of the love and assist you all proceed to indicate is why we maintain going. You all gas us,” she mentioned. “Household, mates, followers, followers, and so on… I really like you guys to items. Your love is appreciated & at all times shall be.”
Along with his daughter, Kelly’s ex-wife Andrea “Drea” Kelly has additionally beforehand spoken out about elevating their youngsters amidst the abuse allegations.
In an announcement obtained by PEOPLE, a rep for Andrea, 44, mentioned that Kelly “has chosen to not be round” their three kids. “Ms. Kelly has by no means denied Mr. Kelly from seeing their kids, he has chosen to not be round,” the assertion learn. “He has not tried to make contact with them.”
Throughout the explosive documentary, Andrea detailed years of abuse throughout her life with the R&B celebrity — experiences that she says drove her to ponder taking her personal life.
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The assertion continued, “We wish to sincerely thank the entire supporters for his or her constructive phrases and encouragement. We might additionally prefer to remind all victims of any sort, that there aren’t any set requirements for when or find out how to heal. Your therapeutic course of is your private journey. That is one thing DREA Kelly has inspired all through her therapeutic course of.”
Representatives for Kelly, 52, born Robert Sylvester Kelly, beforehand responded “no remark” to PEOPLE’s request for a response to the allegations made in Surviving R. Kelly and interviews with alleged victims on this week’s problem of PEOPLE.
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