Celebrities Who Have Worked With R. Kelly
Lady Gaga collaborated with Kelly in 2013 on the single "Do What U Want," with lyrics like, "do what you want with my body." The song, which didn't get a music video, currently has over 52 million views on YouTube and included a live performance on "Saturday Night Live."
In a 2013 press conference in Japan, Gaga defended Kelly against the allegations, saying, "R. Kelly and I have sometimes very untrue things written about us."
Gaga declined to appear on "Surviving R. Kelly," according to dream hampton.
"I wanted to know how Lady Gaga could be on 'SNL' with him as someone who advocates for domestic abuse survivors," hampton said on "The Karen Hunter Show" on SiriusXM. Lady Gaga has been vocal about her experience with sexual assault, as well as a strong supporter of the singer Kesha, who accused music producer Dr. Luke of sexual abuse.
But, Gaga recently apologized for her collaboration and said that she intends to remove "Do What U Want" from streaming services.
"I stand behind these women 1000%, believe them, know they are suffering and in pain, and feel strongly that their voices should be heard and taken seriously," she wrote in a tweet.
She also explained that making the song at the time was a result of her not facing the trauma in her own life.
"As a victim of sexual assault myself, I made both the song and the video at a dark time in my life, my intention was to create something extremely defiant and provocative because I was angry and still hadn't processed the trauma that had occurred in my own life. The song is called 'Do What U Want (With My Body),' I think it's clear how explicitly twisted my thinking was at the time."
"If I could go back and have a talk with my younger self I'd tell her to go through the therapy I have since then, so that I could understand the confused post-traumatic state that I was in — or if therapy was not available to me or anyone in my situation — to seek help, and speak as openly and honestly as possible about what we've been through."
"I'm sorry, both for my poor judgment when I was young, and for not speaking out sooner. I love you."