R. Kelly breaks social media silence to post 'happy birthday' message for estranged daughter
R. Kelly is currently facing the most tumultuous time of his career. For the past two decades, the R&B singer has faced many allegations of sexual abuse and a wanting to pursue physical relationships with underage girls. But despite the various claims, the 'Ignition' singer had never been convicted of a crime.
However, last February, R. Kelly was charged with 10 counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse in Cook County, Illinois. The charges cover various sexual abuse acts to four different women, spanning from 1998 to 2010.
Kelly has always vehemently denied the allegations, stating last month in his explosive interview with CBS This Morning's Gayle King, "Why would I? How stupid would it be for R. Kelly, with all I’ve been through in my way, way past to hold somebody, let alone four, five, six, 50, you say, how stupid would I be to do that?"
But despite Kelly's persistent denials, many of his family members, including his children, have chosen to distance themselves from the singer - one of whom is his daughter, Joann Kelly, who also goes by her stage name Buku Abi.
Earlier this year, Joann took to her Instagram to brand her father a "monster", and also apologize to those who have spoken out:
"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."
But regardless of his daughter's wishes, R. Kelly has now posted a video on his Twitter account with a happy birthday message for Joann, who turned 21 on March 19:
This was the first time R. Kelly had posted on the microblogging site since January 1. The video shows Kelly singing 'Happy Birthday' outside on a street, followed by a message for daughter Joann: "No matter what, I love you so much".
This message comes less than two months after Joann appeared on UK talk show, Good Morning Britain, to promote her own music career. However, during the interview, host Ben Shepherd asked if she refused to use the name 'Kelly' on purpose, to which the young singer replied:
"Absolutely, I absolutely did that on purpose. [...] My last name has nothing to do with who I am at heart."
In the emotional interview, Joann also confirmed that she is still refusing to have any contact with her father:
Shepherd asked: "If [your dad] was to phone, maybe, and say to you, 'Joann, look, I'd love to work with you'. How would you deal with that situation?"
To which Joann replied: "There's no conversation to be had. If my phone rang, it would just keep ringing".