Thursday, December 2, 2021

K. Michelle on Why She Had to Quit Relationship with R. Kelly

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*With her latest single “Build A Man,” K. Michelle opens up about her past relationships with various men, including R&B singer R. Kelly.

She croons:

There was Kellz, he adored me
Loved to hear me sing but control me

As you know, R. Kelly’s legacy has been shrouded by allegations of underage sex, physical abuse and emotional abuse.

K. Michelle made her way to the couch on “The Real” recently where she first attempted to clear the air with part-time rival Loni Love. You recall how she previously called the talk show host a “ham hock,” “roast beef,” and “hamburger” among other things.

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Today on #TheReal, K. Michelle and Loni set the record straight.

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Later, she discussed her relationship with R. Kelly and reminded viewers to not be so quick to dismiss the stories of women who speak about abuse.

Adrienne Houghton: You’ve been open about your relationship with R. Kelly in your song “Build A Man,” calling him “controlling.” Now I’m sure you’ve also heard a lot of the stories from a lot of the women – and in many cases, underage women…

K. Michelle: Yes.

Adrienne: …that were accusing him, like our past guest, we actually had Jerhonda Pace on the show, who have come forward also saying that he is controlling and has taken advantage of them. So what are your thoughts about this?

K. Michelle: That gets kind of tricky for me, um, because I see it from two different perspectives – I see it as, you know, this is my mentor, he taught me everything I know about recording, about how to write, the importance of just doing music. And you want to have loyalty for that, but at the same time, I was the girl who was saying something happened to me, and the world told me that it didn’t happen. And so, when I’m looking on the blogs, and I see girls telling their stories, and women all up under these comments like, ‘That didn’t happen. Oh she lyin.’ She-” It breaks my heart because I was once that girl, like somebody know the truth, nobody gonna take up for me? So it’s left me in a very, you know, funny place, people have asked, this is really the first place I’m speaking about it. I got out of the situation. It was something that I think affected how I thought of myself and how I love men, and you know, I was able to get out of it. So all I can say is to make sure you watch when you tell somebody a specific event didn’t happen to them. Because they could be really going through something. So I’m not here to say if those girls did, did he do that, whatever, all I know is that, you know, everything isn’t always what it seems, especially in the music business.



Ny MaGee
Ny MaGee is a screenwriter and freelance reporter from Chicago -- currently living in Los Angeles and covering A-list entertainment for various outlets, including She has worked for: Miramax, MTV & VH1, The Jim Henson Company, Hallmark Channel, Paramount Pictures, and for iconic indie film producer Roger Corman.



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