His ex-wife Andrea “Drea” Kelly and daughter Abi (whose real name is Joann Kelly) got emotional in explaining why they might feel conflicted over the onslaught of allegations leveled against him in the six-part Lifetime docuseries Surviving R. Kelly, which focused on the women and young girls who claim they were subjects of his sexual and physical abuse.
Andrea, who was married to R. Kelly from 1996 to 2009, shared, “It’s devastating at heart, because I wear two hats. I sit here not only as a survivor, but also as the mother of his [three] children.”
“I don’t think people have a clear understanding that we’re dealing with two people here,” she said, “There’s R. Kelly the persona and then there’s Robert the person. Myself and my daughter, we’re connected to Robert the person. So it is very personal, him being my ex-husband, and the father of my children.”
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Additionally, the 52-year-old performer’s attorney released the following statement to Good Morning Britain, per People: “Mr. Kelly loves all of his children and would love to see them. Drea’s allegations were fully investigated and determined to be unfounded and rejected by the judge during their divorce and are without merit.”
Meanwhile, 21-year-old Abi, who said she has not spoken with or seen Kelly in years, confessed her “heart is torn into two separate places,” adding, “It’s very painful to see that all of these people are now being affected and have been affected by somebody who I do care about and have a very strenuous relationship with.”