metro: R Kelly has returned to social media for the first time in three months, to wish his estranged daughter a happy birthday.
Joann Kelly, who now goes by the stage name of Buku Abi, distanced herself from her father in the wake of the sexual abuse allegations made against him in the docu-series Surviving R Kelly. The 52-year-old has since been charged with 10 counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse. However, Kelly wasn’t put off by Joann’s statements this year calling him a ‘monster’, and took to Twitter on her 21st birthday.
The Ignition hitmaker filmed himself singing a vocal acrobatic-laden version of Happy Birthday for his daughter Joann, adding: ‘Happy birthday baby, daddy love you. I love you, no matter what, I love you so much. Bye, happy birthday.’
Many supporters of Kelly replied in his mentions, wishing him well and sharing happy birthday messages to Joann. Joann is one of Kelly’s three children (along with brothers Robert Jr, 17, and Jay, 19) with ex-wife Andrea Lee, who has accused her ex of allegedly withholding child support payments. And despite her dad’s birthday message, Joann confirmed back in January that she no longer speaks to the star, telling Good Morning Britain: ‘There is no conversation to be had. I’ll just leave it at that. My phone is just gonna keep ringing. It’s a no for me.’
She had previously posted a lengthy statement to Instagram following Surviving R Kelly, which brought to light a string of sexual abuse allegations against the singer. Joann 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 in an understatement for all that I feel currently.
‘I pray for all the families and women who have been affected by my father’s actions. Trust, I have been deeply affected by all of this. However, it has been very difficult to process it all.’ She explained how she and her mother Andrea, along with her siblings Jay and Robert, have not seen or spoken to the Ignition singer for a number of years as part of a ‘healing process’. ‘I do not have a relationship with my father, nor do I speak on him or on his behalf.
‘My mother, siblings and I would never condone support or be a part of ANYTHING negative he has done or continues to do in his life. ‘The same monster you all confronting me about is my father. I am well aware of who and what he is. I grew up in that house. My choice to not speak on him and what he does is for my peace of mind. My emotional state and my healing.’ R Kelly has denied all allegations of sexual abuse.
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