Lady Gaga has offered a public apology over her collaboration with R&B singer R Kelly,who is currently facing a series of sexual allegations.
Gaga has long been an advocate of sexual assault survivors. In 2014, she revealed that she had been sexually assaulted when she was 19, and a year later released the song “Til it Happens to You” for The Hunting Round, a documentary about sexual assault on college campuses.
Gaga vowed to have it removed from streaming services of ARTPOP single “Do What U Want” featuring Kelly in 2013, in a statement she posted on Twitter following the recent Lifetime documentary series of allegations on abuse, predatory behavior, and pedophilia against the singer.
she promise never work with Kelly again. In the statement, she discussed the song’s creation and her impressions of it now.I’m sorry, both for my poor judgement when I was young, and for not speaking out sooner.”
Lady Gaga said:“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,”
“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 own life.”
She also announced intentions to remove her collaboration with Kelly, the 2013 ARTPOP single “Do What U Want,” from iTunes and streaming services. Gaga and Kelly performed the song together on “Saturday Night Live” and at the American Music Awards.