R. Kelly’s daughter shared an emotional post about the allegations against her estranged father.
Buku Abi, born Joann Kelly, wrote on Instagram Thursday that her mother and siblings haven’t had contact with the singer for years, adding that “devastated is an understatement” when it comes to how she feels about her father’s alleged actions.
Abi reminded followers that she is aware of the “monster” her father is and that any negative comments made about her mother and siblings will not allow them to heal or “allow a safe space for other victims who are scared to speak up, speak up.”
Abi continued, “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. I do apologize if my silence to all that is happening comes off as careless.”
“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,” she added.
Kelly’s daughter with his ex-wife Andrea Kelly wrote that she has struggled to “process it all” and was hesitant to speak out because she isn’t “fond of dealing with my personal issues or personal life through social media.”
“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,” Abi continued. “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.”
In the six-part docuseries Surviving R. Kelly, Abi’s mother, Andrea, said she fled Kelly’s home after enduring years of abuse.
A rep for Andrea told People magazine that R. Kelly has “chosen to not be around” their children, adding, “Ms. Kelly has never denied Mr. Kelly from seeing their children, he has chosen to not be around. He has not tried to make contact with them.”
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Her rep continued, “We would like to sincerely thank all of the supporters for their positive words and encouragement. We would also like to remind all victims of any kind, that there are no set standards for when or how to heal. Your healing process is your personal journey. This is something DREA Kelly has encouraged throughout her healing process.”
Thanking friends and family for their support, Kelly’s daughter added, “This past year for my family has been very difficult, all the love and support you all continue to show is why we keep going. You all fuel us. Family, friends, followers, fans, etc… I love you guys to pieces. Your love is appreciated & always will be.”