R. Kelly‘s explosive interview with Gayle King aired on “CBS This Morning” on Wednesday and it was just as shenanigan-filled as I expected it to be.
The R&B singer, who is facing new allegations and 10 counts of criminal aggravated sexual abuse, vehemently denied everything and said EVERYONE is lying on him.
He eventually focused on a camera, exploded on the set and became hysterical as he screamed, “I’m fighting for my f**king life! Y’all killing me with this sh*t!”
Below you’ll find 13 quotes from R. Kelly’s interview with Gayle King:
On why he did the interview:
I’m very tired of all of the lies. I’ve been hearing things, and you know, and seeing things on the blogs, and you know, you know, I’m just tired.
On what allegations disturb him the most:
Oh my God. Um — all of them, got little girls trapped in the basement… helicopters over my house trying to rescue someone that doesn’t need rescuing because they’re not in my house.
Handcuffing people, starving people. I have a harem, what you call it – a cult. I don’t even really know what a cult is. But I know I don’t have one.
On his regrets:
Lots of things wrong when it comes to women that I apologized, but I apologized in those relationships at the time that I was in the relationships, OK?
On “Surviving R. Kelly”:
If you really look at that documentary, which I’m sure you have – everybody says something bad about me. Nobody said nothin’ good. They was describing Lucifer. I’m not Lucifer. I’m a man. I make mistakes, but I’m not a devil, and by no means am I a monster.
On his accusers lying on him:
You can start a rumor on a guy like me or a celebrity just like that. All you have to do is push a button on your phone and say so and so did this to me, R. Kelly did this to me, and if you get any traction from that, if you’re able to write a book from that, if you’re able to get a reality show…then any girl that I had a relationship in the past that it just didn’t work out, she can come and say the same exact thing.
What women said about me. So nobody’s allowed to be mad at me and be scorned and lie on me?
I have been assassinated. I have been buried alive. But I’m alive.
On allegations he’s held women against their will:
I don’t need to. 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 4, 5, 6, 50, you said — why — how stupid would I be to do that?!
That’s stupid, guys! Is this camera on me?
That’s stupid! Use your common sense. Forget the blogs, forget how you feel about me. Hate me if you want to, love me if you want. But just use your common sense. How stupid would it be for me, with my crazy past and what I’ve been through – oh right, now I just think I have to be monster, and hold girls against their will, chain them up in my basement, and don’t let them eat, don’t let them out, unless they need some shoes down the street from their uncle!
Then R. Kelly strategically snapped on camera:
Stop it. You all quit playing! Quit playing! I didn’t do this stuff! This is not me! I’m fighting for my f***ing life! Y’all killing me with this sh*t! I gave you 30 years of my f***ing career!
Thirty years of my career! And y’all trying to kill me? You killing me, man! This is not about music! I’m trying to have a relationship with my kids! And I can’t do it! Y’all just don’t want to believe the truth! You don’t want to believe it!’
When filming was paused so that R. Kelly’s team could help him gather himself he said:
I hope this camera keep going – This is not true! That doesn’t even make sense! Why would I hold all these women? Their fathers and mothers told me, we’re going to destroy your career!
On missing girls:
It’s real girls out there missing! There’s real young girls out there being abducted, being raped, OK? They really are on chains. They really do have chains on their—on their wrists and they can’t get out and they end up buried and dead.
I came here for them to hear me talk. I need help!
R. Kelly on the help he needs:
This is the kind of help I need. I need somebody to help me not have a big heart, because my heart is so big. People betray me, and I keep forgiving ’em!
I’m just telling the truth. I’m just telling the truth and the reason I’m emotional – and I apologize for that.
It’s because this is the first time I was able to say something. I’ve said nothing!
On his relationships with 23-year-old Joycelyn Savage and 21-year-old Azriel Clary:
I love ’em and it’s almost – it’s like they’re my girlfriends.
It’s like, you know, we have a relationship. It’s real. And I know guys – like, I’ve known guys all my life that have five or six women, okay? So don’t go there on me, okay? ‘Cause that’s the truth.
On his affinity for younger women:
I don’t look at much younger than me. I just look at legal. I just look at you’re you, I’m me. Now, I don’t know if you’re married. I don’t know. I don’t know if you have a relationship. I don’t know what you – you know, I don’t know.
But one might be older than the other. One might be younger than the other, okay? So I just look at legal, okay? People. There are older men that like younger women…there are younger women that like older men.”
I’m a older man that love all women.
On meeting Joycelyn Savage:
I didn’t go looking for a Joycelyn Savage. I was doing my show…he brought her and asked a friend of mine to put her on the stage with R. Kelly, make sure she’s on the stage.
On Azriel Clary’s father:
What kind of father, what kind of mother, will sell their daughter to a man?
How come it was okay for me to see them until they wasn’t getting no money from me? Why would you take your daughter – if I’m going to take my daughter and she’s 19 years old to a 49-year-old icon, whatever, celebrity or R. Kelly concert or whoever it is, I’m not going to put her on the stage and leave her. I’m going to take her to the concert. Their father is more into my music and know about my music than they do.
Watch clips from R. Kelly’s explosive interview with Gayle King below.