R. Kelly’s daughter, Joann Kelly, who goes by the name Buku Abi, delivered a lengthy statement on her Instagram in response to the controversy surrounding her father.
“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 this or affected by this,” the statement read. “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.”
Abi is one of three children he has with his ex-wife, Andrea Kelly, who also appeared on the Surviving R. Kelly docuseries sharing her allegations of being abused by the disgraced singer.
Abi apologized “if my silence to all that is happening comes off as careless. That is my last intention,” she wrote. “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.”
Abi claims that she has no relationship with her dad.
“Anyone that knows me personally or has been following me throughout the years knows that I do not have a relationship with my father,” Abi said in her statement. “Nor do I speak on him or on his behalf. I also am not fond of dealing with my personal issues or personal life through social media but, I feel things are starting to get out of hand.”
She then went on to discuss how “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 mothers ‘part’ etc. Does not help my family (Me, my sister, my brother, and my mother) in our healing process. The same monster you all confronting me about is my father,” Abi wrote. “I am well aware of who and what he is. I grew up in that house.”
She closed out giving thanks for the support that she has received.