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Lady Gaga has apologized for her 2013 duet with controversial singer R. Kelly and has vowed to remove the song from iTunes and all streaming platforms as a way to support the women who spoke out against the singer in the Lifetime documentary series Surviving R. Kelly.
“I stand behind these women 1000 percent, believe them, know they are suffering and in pain, and feel strongly that their voices should be heard and taken seriously,” the singer tweeted Wednesday night.
For her 2013 album ARTPOP, Gaga featured a duet with R. Kelly, “Do What U Want (With My Body)”, something she now admits was an example of how “explicitly twisted” her state of mind was at the time.
“As a victim of sexual assault myself, I made both the songs 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,” she wrote.
Referring to the allegations against the singer as “horrifying” and “indefensible”, Gaga said she will remove the song from iTunes and other streaming platforms and vows that she will “not be working with him again.”
“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 what we’ve been through.”
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