In a shocking twist, Part 1 of Gayle King’s CBS In The Morning interview with singer R. Kelly. He states that the two girls he’s accused of  brainwashing and holding in his alleged sex cult… were handed over to him by their parents who wanted fame. Check out excerpts from the interview below.

When asked about his relationship with the women, 23-year-old Joycelyn Savage and 21-year-old Azriel Clary, Kelly said, “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,” he said.

“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.”

When asked if he likes younger women, he replied, “I’m a older man that love all women.”

Kelly says he met Joycelyn Savage after her father brought her to one of his concerts when she was just 19.

“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,” he said.

Same situation happened with Azriel Clary who also met Kelly at one of his concerts. Her parents stated that the singer pulled the then-17-year-old on stage back in 2015. They said they had hopes she would become Kelly’s protégé.

“Did you have sex with her when she was 17?” King asked.

“Absolutely not. Absolutely not. Although, her parents wanted me to,” Kelly said.

King continued, “You’re with two women right now. You love them, they say they love you. What kind of love is it that keeps these young women away from their families?”

“I’m going to answer your question. What kind of father, what kind of mother, will sell their daughter to a man?” Kelly said.

“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,” Kelly said.

Check out the interview below!

Tune into CBS In The Morning for part 2 of the King/Kelly interview.