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Lady Gaga apologises for R. Kelly collaboration

  • Pop diva Lady Gaga apologised on Thursday for a 2013 musical collaboration with R & B star R . Kelly — who has been accused of having sex with children — and said she plans to pull the song from circulation .
    “ I ’ m sorry , both for my poor judgment when I was young , and for not speaking out sooner , ” she posted on Twitter.

    “ I intend to remove this song off of iTunes and other streaming platforms and will not be working with him again , ”

    Lady Gaga wrote .
    The release — titled “ Do What U Want (With My Body )” — features R . Kelly — who denies any wrongdoing — singing the lyrics : “ Do what I want , do what I want with your body /Back of the club, taking shots , gettin ’ naughty /No invitations , it ’ s a private party . ”
    The post drew praise on Twitter, with users tweeting messages of support such as “We all stand by you ! I love you !” and “ You did not owe anyone an explanation , Gaga . You are a beautiful person , with a beautiful soul that has saved and inspired so many people . ”

    Gaga ’ s apology comes amid renewed attention on allegations of sexual misconduct against Kelly , which were highlighted in a six - hour documentary series about the singer .

    In the Lifetime cable network show titled “ Surviving R . Kelly ” which premiered earlier this month , backup singers alleged sexual relations between him and three girls under the age of 16 , including 15 - year -old star Aaliyah , who died in 2001 in a plane crash.

    The allegations against the 51 - year - old singer , best known for his hit “I Believe I Can Fly, ” are subject to criminal prosecution in several US states including Illinois , where Kelly lived as a resident of Chicago .

    In May of last year , the online streaming platform Spotify removed the artist’ s music from its playlists after the Time ’ s Up movement for gender equality urged the music industry to dump him over persistent sex abuse allegations

    But the service ultimately backtracked on a policy that reduced exposure for artists accused of personal misconduct , after criticism that the leading streaming platform was hurting musicians on flimsy evidence . Kelly pushed back against the allegations in a 19 - minute song released last year , in which he said he was himself abused at age 14 .

    Though it was titled “ I Admit , ” the marathon song was nonetheless heavier on denials than acknowledgement as the star vented frustration over the stream of allegations against him.

    “ I never thought it would come to this, to be the most disrespected artist, ” Kelly sang.