APOLOGETIC: Lady Gaga
LADY GAGA has vowed to remove her duet with R Kelly from streaming services in the wake of a Lifetime documentary about sexual abuse allegations made against the singer.
The Star is Born actress was under fire for working with singer at a time when allegations against him were public knowledge.
The pair worked on the song Do What U Want (With My Body) and filmed a video to accompany it.
Gaga, who was asked by the producer of the Surviving R Kelly documentary, Dream Hampton, to appear in the film declined.
Today she shared an apology on Instagram and said that she stood behind the accusers 1000 per cent.
She used the stories feature, where content disappears after 24 hours unless pinned by the poster, to post her statement. She also shared it on Twitter and her Facebook page.
She wrote: “What I am hearing about the allegations against R Kelly is absolutely horrifying and indefensible. As a victim of sexual assault myself, I made both the song and 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 life.”
Lady Gaga, whose real name Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta, said if she could go back in time and talk to her younger self, she would have told her to seek therapy or help.
The 32-year-old musician added: “I can’t go back, but I can go forward and continue to support women, men, and people of all sexual identities, and of all races, who are victims of sexual assault.”
She ended the statement by saying that she will remove the song from iTunes and other streaming services where it is currently available and will not work with R Kelly again in the future.
While many stars have faced a backlash for not appearing in the documentary despite being asked, John Legend has been praised for taking a stand.
In response to the positive feedback he received as a result, he tweeted: “To everyone telling me how courageous I am for appearing in the doc, it didn’t feel risky at all…Easy decision.”
This week prosecutors in Chicago called for accusers to come forward to give evidence against R Kelly.
The singer has repeatedly denied the allegations made against him.
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