R. Kelly’s daughter Buku Abi is speaking out about her father.
Abi, real name Joann Lee Kelly, took to Instagram to respond to the backlash and legal allegations swirling in the wake of Lifetime’s docuseries Surviving R. Kelly. In her lengthy post, the 21-year-old condemned the singer.
“Buku here. I just want to say a few things,” she began. “Before I start I just want it to be known that I am speaking from the heart, nothing I say is to hurt ANY party reading or affected by this. To the people that I 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 for my silence to all this happening comes off as careless. That is my last intention.”
She went on explain that she and Kelly have had nothing resembling a relationship in recent years.
“Anyone who know me personally or has been following me through out the years knows that I do not have a relationship with my father. Nor do I speak on him or his behalf. I also am not fond of deal thing with my personal issues or personal life experience through social media but, I feel things are starting to get out of hand.”