One of R.Kelly’s 3 children he shares with ex wife Andrea Kelly who help spear head the six part Lifetime documentary series “Surviving R.Kelly” decided to speak out and break her silence following the airing of “Surviving R.Kelly”. R. Kelly‘s estranged daughter Buku Abi who birth name is Joann Kelly, posted a statement on her IG stories.
Buku shared why it took a some time to come out and share her thoughts. She deemed her father as “terrible” , and updated us that she hasn’t been in contact with him for years. She also expressed her support for all the victims who were allegedly abused by R.Kelly. Buku Abi then went on to explain why it took so long for her to release her statement:
“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 is an understatement for all that I feel currently,” she wrote. “I do apologize if my silence to all that is happening comes off as careless. That is my last intention. I pray for all the families & women who have been affected by my father’s actions. Trust, I have been deeply affected by all of this.”
She continued with:
“Anyone that knows me personally or has been following me throughout the years knows that I do not have a relationship with my father. Nor do I speak on him or on his behalf. I also am not fond of dealing with my personal issues or personal life through social media but, I feel things are starting to get out of hand.”
Abi also stated that her family, including her siblings and mother Andrea, haven’t seen Robert Kelly for years. She said the challenges they faced in regards to his reckless life decisions is the main reason they don’t keep in contact with him today
“My mother, siblings and I would never condone, support or be a part of ANYTHING negative he has done and or continues to do in his life,” she said. “Going through all I have gone through in my life, I would never want anyone to feel the pain I have felt. Reminders of how terrible my father is, and how we should be speaking up against him, rude comments about my family, fabricating me, my siblings & our mothers ‘part’ etc. Does not help my family (Me, my sister, my brother, and my mother) in our healing process. Nor does it allow a safe space for other victims who are scared to speak up, speak up.”.
Abi continued with “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.”
Abi explained that she stayed quiet for a long time for her peace of mind, her emotional state and her healing.
“I have to do & move in a manner that is best for me. I pray anyone who reads this understands I put nothing but good intent behind each word,” she said, adding that her statement took her nearly three days to compose.”
“I just want everyone to know that I do care and I love you all. This is a very difficult subject to speak on… again, I apologize if my words don’t come out right.”