R. Kelly‘s estranged daughter, Joann Lee Kelly aka Buku Abi, took to social media to break her silence on all of the allegations against the R&B singer.
Buku apologized for taking so long to speak out, however, she said she needed time to digest everything, but she is very clear that she doesn’t condone any of the negative things her father has done.
She went on to explain how her silence was for her own personal sanity and healing considering all of the fabricated lies and rude comments about herself and her family she’s received.
Buku noted that she is in prayer for R. Kelly’s survivors.
Read her full statement below.
I just want to say a few things…Before I start I just want it to be known that I am speaking from the heart, nothing I say or do not say is to hurt ANY party reading or affected by this.
To the people that 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 if my silence to all that is happening comes off as careless.
That is not my intention. I pray for all the families & women who have been affected by my father’s actions. Trust, I have been deeply affected by all of this. However, it has been very difficult to process it all. Let alone gather the right words to express everything I feel.
Anyone that knows me personally or has been following me throughout the years knows that I have not had a relationship with my father. Nor do I speak on him or on his behalf. I also am not fond of dealing with personal issues or personal life experiences through social media but, I feel things are starting to get out of hand.
Unfortunately, for my own personal reasonings & for all my family has endured in regards to him, his life decisions, and his last name, it has been years since my siblings and I have seen and or have spoken to him.
In regards to my mother, she for the same reasonings and more have not seen or spoken to my father in years. My mother, siblings and I would never condone, support or be a part of ANYTHING negative he has done and or continues to do with his life.
Going through all I have gone through in my life, I would never want anyone to feel the pain that I’ve felt. Reminders of how terrible my father is and how we should be speaking up against him, rude comments about my family, fabricating me, my siblings, & our mother’s “part” etc does not help my family (me, my sister, my brother, and my mother) in our healing process.
Nor does it allow a safe space for other victims who are scared to speak up, speak up. The same monster you all are confronting me about is my father. I am well aware of who and what he is. I grew up in that house.
My choice to not speak on him and what he does is for my peace of mind. My emotional state. And for MY healing. I have to do and move in a manner that is best for me. I pray anyone who reads this understand I put nothing but good intent behind each word.
It took me nearly 3 days to write this. I just want everyone to know that I do care and I love you all. This is a very difficult subject to speak on…again, I apologize if my words don’t come out right…
To everyone who reached out to my family and I, sending good energy and love…thank you.
You guys really helped push us through this hard time. This past year for my family has been very difficult, all the love and support you all continue to show is why we keep going. You all fuel us.
Family, friends, followers, fans, etc…I love you guys to pieces. You love is appreciated & will always be reciprocated. For anyone new to my page, I just when you come here you bring peace and nothing else.
Love, Buku Abi
Wow. Bless her heart. I can’t imagine how hard all of this is on R.Kelly’s children.