The last year has been rather tumultuous for R & B singer R Kelly. With the development of the #MeToo movement, many powerful women in entertainment such as Shonda Rhimes and Kerry Washington have pledged to #muteRKelly.
The Times Up organization, issued a statement in April 2018 “demanding appropriate investigations and inquiries into the allegations of R. Kelly’s abuse made by women and their families for more than two decades.”
We’ve heard from many women claiming to be victims of Kelly’s abusive, demented, and sadistic treatment, but for almost a decade, one very important voice has remained silent.
Drea Kelly and R Kelly married in 1996 and remained married for 13 years. They had 3 children together before divorcing in 2009. We got to see a glimpse into Drea’s life while on the VH1 reality show “Hollywood Exes”. She briefly went into the reason for the couples split, stating R Kelly wanted the divorce, but she never exposed the details of their relationship.
More Victims Come Forward
However, in the last year Kitti Jones, Asante Mcgee and several others have come forward accusing Kelly of misconduct and inexplicable treatment, stating that he regularly has sex with girls as young as 14 and actually prefers them that young.
The parents of Joycelyn Savage, who is currently with R Kelly ignited the most recent protest against Kelly, claiming that he is holding their daughter against her will. As the days pass, more and more women are coming forward; recounting the abuse they endured at the hands of this man, who has been accused of being a sexual predator, for over 2 decades.
In an exclusive interview with the TV One talk show, “Sister’s Circle“, Drea Kelly FINALLY opened up to R Kelly’s protege, Syleena Johnson, about her relationship with Kelly. She stated that she had to wait until:
“God told me ok daughter it is time. How can I be a voice for the voiceless, if I don’t have my own?”
Drea then spoke with the parents of Joycelyn, who is currently with Kelly, stating that she was once in the same situation and her family was also trying to get her back.
At times sobbing uncontrollably, Drea stated that she almost committed suicide, but while on the ledge she had a foreshadowing of the aftermath and decided against it.
“Out of the 17 items on the domestic violence checklist, R Kelly had committed 15 against me”.
In the last clip of the interview, Drea looked directly into the camera, telling Kelly that: “you should’ve never put me in your book! You don’t get to tell my story.” Referring to the treatment she endured while married to Kelly as “criminal“.
In this final clip Andrea Kelly directly addresses her Ex-Husband and the claims he made against her. ??For those who didn’t get to see the interview in its entirety there will be an ENCORE AIRING on Monday, June 18th – #TuneIn / #DVR @tvonetv 12pm/Eastern – 9am/Pacific. Visit SisterCircleTV.com to check your local listings for more times. ??
With Drea Kelly’s firsthand account of how inhumane R Kelly treats women, this should help to catapult the #timesup movement forward and hopefully, maybe just maybe, everyone who has been violated by this man will receive justice, soon.
We will be watching!
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Rolling Ray Undergoes Surgery After Wig Catches On Fire
Social media star Rolling Ray underwent surgery Tuesday morning to treat serious burns on his body after his terrible wig accident last week.
In a series of IG stories, he let his audience follow along as he prepped for surgery.
Last week Rolling Ray announced he was hospitalized after his wig caught on fire! During a January 13 Instagram Live session hosted straight from his hospital bedside, he showed his severely burnt and damaged face telling viewers his “whole skin, legs, arms, feet, and everything” were burned.
In a more recent Live, Ray explained the incident that led to his whole wig catching on fire: an unfortunate smoking accident. “It just, like, lit on fire when I tried to light the cigarette,” he recounted. “So I get to trying to snatch the wig off. B***h, the fire goes to my f*****g shirt, to my feet, to my legs, to my back. It’s a fire everywhere, it’s a fire in the whole room.”
Of course the internet trolled him in a disgusting display of ableism and heartlessness. Comments like “Rolling Ray should have stopped, dropped, and rolled” and “karma’s a b***h” had social media conflicted in its feelings about his accident. His sensation comes from his harsh and, often, below-the-belt reads (just last month he told Yung Miami to “dig (sic) up” her dead baby father. However, the criticism didn’t stop him from responding on Twitter.
Rolling Ray might be problematic as all get-out, but we do not tolerate ableism here. We wish him well as he heals.
Fantasia Reveals Gender of Baby On the Way!
On Tuesday singer-songwriter and “American Idol” winner Fantasia Barrino took to social media to reveal that she is having a baby girl, her first child with husband Kendall Taylor.
In a series of Instagram stories, Fantasia showed pink fireworks being shot off during a gender reveal party, to her and her hubby’s excitement! She continued by sharing what her daughter-to-be’s name will be: Keziah London Taylor.
The news comes after the couple revealed they had struggled to conceive since their 2015 marriage. During a November episode of her IG Live show “Taylor Talks,” she described continuously praying for a child with her husband. Fantasia, a deeply devout Christian, was obviously elated when she shared the news.
“God I Want To Thank You!” she said in an Instagram caption. “You Gave Us A Seed even when the Doctor said that one of my Tubes [was] Closed you said Different. @salute1st I Love You King and I can’t wait to see who He or She acts Like.”
We can see Fantasia and family are all super excited to be welcoming a baby girl into their lives. All congratulations to her.
Kim Kardashian and Kanye West Are Getting Divorced, Report Says
In a story published Tuesday evening, Page Six is reporting that Kim Kardashian and Kanye West are getting divorced, with the two already in settlement talks. The news comes after the couple spent the holiday season separately – Kanye at his ranch outside Cody, Wyoming, Kim and the kids with her famous family in southern California.
A source close to Kardashian was quoted saying, “Kim got Kanye to go up there so they could live separate lives and quietly get things sorted out to separate and divorce. She’s done.” Kardashian, 40, and West, 43, are said to be splitting because of marital problems directly related to Kanye’s very public mental health struggles.
For several years the rapper’s various antics have caused fans to worry. After coming out as a Trump supporter, West then announced his own 2020 presidential bid under a new political party: the Birthday Party. At a campaign rally in South Carolina, he was seen rambling, debating individual audience members, and at times, crying. In various interviews, he has rambled on almost incoherently, and his tweetstorms are now infamous.
For her part, Kim has always supported her husband and has openly discussed the difficulties of their marriage. Back in June, she shared on social media, “Anyone who has [bipolar disorder] or has a loved one in their life who does, knows how incredibly complicated and painful it is to understand… People who are unaware or far removed from this experience can be judgmental and not understand that the individual (has) to engage in the process of getting help no matter how hard family and friends try.”
It appears she has finally reached her limit in the union with the unnamed source saying, “She is serious about taking the bar exam and becoming a lawyer, she is serious about her prison reform campaign. Meanwhile Kanye is talking about running for president and saying other crazy s**t, and she’s just had enough of it.”
Separately, a source close to Kanye alleges the rapper is sick of his wife and her family, which might have some truth to it since he has tweeted some pretty nasty things about them in the past. “I been trying to get divorced since Kim met with Meek at the Warldolf [sic] for ‘prison reform,’” he said in a now-deleted July tweet. Recently, he hasn’t been featured on his wife’s Instagram and has largely remained out of the public eye.
With the news yet to be confirmed, the “divorce is imminent” reports are just rumors for now. We’ll be following the news as more information comes out.