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Lady Gaga Apologizes For Song With R. Kelly, Vows To Remove It From iTunes

January 10, 2019 | Posted by Joseph Lee
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In a long post on social media, Lady Gaga apologized for working with R. Kelly on their 2013 song “Do What U Want (With My Body)” and vowed to have it pulled from iTunes and other streaming services. She said that the claims against Kelly are “absolutely horrifying and indefensible.” She added that she stands behind the other women who have come forward, including those in the Lifetime docuseries Surviving R. Kelly. She added that the song came during a dark time in her life, when her thinking was “explicitly twisted” because she was dealing with being a sexual assault survivor herself.

Gaga went on to say that she has had help since then and plans to “continue to support women, men and people of all sexual identities, and of all races, who are victims of sexual assault.”

She added: “I’m sorry, both for my poor judgment when I was young, and for not speaking out sooner.” Since she made the announcement, the song has seen in increase in streaming and purchasing numbers.

Surviving R. Kelly accused Kelly of sexual abuse, pedophilia and predatory behavior. Gaga, who is currently in the public eye due to her performance in A Star Is Born, was criticized by some for her silence, according to TMZ. Just hours before this statement, she won Best Actress at the National Board of Review Awards Wednesday night in New York City.

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