Lady Gaga has issued an apology for her collaboration with R. Kelly on the song “Do What U Want” from her 2013 album “Artpop.”
The apology comes in the wake of the Lifetime docu-series “Surviving R. Kelly” which features interviews from numerous women alleging that R. Kelly tormented them with emotional, physical and sexual abuse.
Lady Gaga posted the apology on Instagram saying that she regrets the collaboration and that she supports the survivors who have spoken out against R. Kelly.
“I stand by anyone who has ever been the victim of sexual assault,” she wrote.“I made both the song and 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.”
“If I could go back and have a talk with my younger self I’d tell her to go through the therapy I have since then, so that I could understand the confused post-traumatic state that I was in—or if therapy was not available to me or anyone in my situation—to seek help, and speak as openly and honestly as possible about we’ve been through. I can’t go back, but I can go forward and continue to support women, men and people of all sexual identities, and of all races, who are victims of sexual assault,” she continued.
Lady Gaga says she will remove the song from iTunes and streaming services. She also vowed to never work with R. Kelly again.
I stand by anyone who has ever been the victim of sexual assault: pic.twitter.com/67sz4WpV3i
— Lady Gaga (@ladygaga) January 10, 2019
The singer has been an avid supporter of sexual assault survivors. In 2014, she opened up that she was sexually assaulted at 19. She also penned the song “Til It Happens to You” about sexual assault.
However, Lady Gaga was one of a handful of celebrities who declined to be interviewed for “Surviving R. Kelly.”