R. Kelly released a 19-minute song in which he responds to allegations that he runs a sex cult, how he is unable to read and that he was molested at a young age.
The singer took to Instagram Live on Sunday and gave his 1 million followers a taste of his new track, “I Admit.”
I admit I f*ck with all the ladies, that’s both older and young ladies (ladies, yeah)/ But tell me how they call it pedophile because that sh*t is crazy (crazy)/ You may have your opinions, entitled to your opinions (opinions)/ But really am I supposed to go to jail or lose my career because of your opinion/ Yeah, go ahead and stone me, point your finger at me (stone me, yeah, yeah)/ Turn the world against me, but only God can mute me (against me, mute me)
Kelly also confirms that he is unable to read, something TV talk show host Wendy Williams emotionally told her audience in May.
I admit I can’t spell for sh*t I admit that all I hear is hits (ohh) / I admit that I couldn’t read the teleprompter when the Grammy’s asked me to present.
He also addresses stories that he runs a sex cult and that parents feel he is brainwashing their daughters.
What’s the definition of a cult?/ What’s the definition of a sex slave? / Go to the dictionary, look it up / Let me know I’ll be here waiting. Say I’m abusing these women. What the f*ck? That’s some absurd sh*t. They brainwashed, really? Kidnapped, really? Can’t eat, really? Real talk that sh*t sounds silly.
Kelly reveals that he was molested at age 14.
Now, I admit a family member touched me (touched me, touched me, touched me)/ From a child to the age 14, yeah/ While I laid asleep, took my virginity (sleep, gini’)
Listen to “I Admit” below where he says he hasn’t seen his kids in years.
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