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In a brand new interview with Billboard selling her upcoming album Kimberly: The Folks I Used to Know, Okay. Michelle spoke out about her relationship with R. Kelly and and the abuse allegations leveled in opposition to him in current months.
In July, BuzzFeed News first reported that R. Kelly is working an abusive “cult” and holding ladies in opposition to their will, in response to police studies filed by alleged victims' households. Three former members of Kelly’s interior circle advised BuzzFeed Information comparable tales, and another woman — who stated she had an abusive sexual relationship with R. Kelly when she was underage earlier than singing a settlement settlement with him — got here ahead in August. R. Kelly has denied the entire allegations.
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On her 2014 tune “Construct A Man,” Michelle sang about her relationship with Kelly: “There was Kellz, he adored me. Liked to listen to me sing however management me.”
Requested her opinion concerning the allegations in opposition to Kelly, Michelle advised Billboard that she’s “not shocked by them,” and stated that she plans to talk up extra about abuse because of the tales. “I do really feel prefer it’s my obligation as a girl to inform the reality and to do proper by different females which are within the enterprise and all these younger ladies who don’t have a voice,” she stated. “I’ve been going forwards and backwards with how to discuss it and easy methods to do proper for these women.”
Michelle recollects visiting a weblog and seeing folks “tearing [up]” one of many accusers over the allegations. “It instantly introduced tears to my eyes as a result of I keep in mind what that was like making an attempt to inform about my abuse,” she stated. “I’ve handled different abuse and I attempted to inform however after I was telling folks had been calling me a liar, they had been bashing me, they had been telling me I used to be hateful.
To learn these feedback about these ladies, these younger ladies, these little women and the way folks had been so naïve to actuality or simply didn’t give a fuck concerning the actuality and to name these little women liars and to essentially take them down, is one thing I don’t actually know proper now if I’m keen to face apart and watch it occur.”
In response to Michelle, it’s the logistics of talking up that she’s nonetheless combating. “I can actually let you know proper now that I’ve but to seek out the right platform and the right strategy to shield and voice my assist for these ladies. I’m not right here to bash however proper is correct and improper is improper,” she stated. “That’s all I can actually say proper now.”
Requested instantly if she believes the allegations in opposition to Kelly, Michelle stated that she “can’t communicate on it,” however that she discovered from her mentor that “it’s simply the appropriate time and place to say issues, to do it correctly in order that the folks you’re making an attempt to assist are literally helped as an alternative of taunted. So I’ll be talking extra about it however I’ll be doing it in the appropriate means.”