US singer, Lady Gaga has joined other international celebrities to apologize for working with R. Kelly. The multiple award winning singer, who condemned Kelly also said she plans to remove their 2013 collaboration from streaming services.
Several allegations of abuse, predatory behavior and pedophilia have been leveled against Kelly, and Gaga has been under fire to condemn him.
Gaga’s single “Do What U Want (With My Body)” featured vocals by Kelly, which was controversial at the time because the R&B singer had stood trial in Chicago on child pornography charges a few years prior to the single’s release. Kelly was acquitted.
“As a victim of sexual assault myself, I made both the song and the video at a dark time in my life, my intention was to create something extremely defiant and provocative because I was angry and still hadn’t processed the trauma that had occurred in my own life,” Lady Gaga said in a statement.
“The song is called “Do What U Want (With My Body),” I think it’s clear how explicitly twisted my thinking was at the time.”
She said she will not work with Kelly again.
“I intend to remove this song off of iTunes and other streaming platforms and will not be working with him again,” she said. “I’m sorry, both for my poor judgment when I was young, and for not speaking out sooner.”
Gaga During her press conference in 2013, explained their partnership on the song.
“R. Kelly and I have sometimes very untrue things written about us, so in a way this was a bond between us,” she said. “That we were able to say, the public, they can have our bodies, but they cannot have our mind or our heart. It was a really natural collaboration.”
The pair also performed a sexually provocative duet on “Saturday Night Live” at the time.