Ever since “Surviving R. Kelly” dropped, there have been questions raised to the many people who collaborated with him, including Lady Gaga, who has been outspoken against sexual assault. After days of being pushed about why she collaborated with R. Kelly for her 2013 song “Do What U Want (With My Body)”, she has now responded in a statement.
CNN.com reports that Gaga, who is hoping to get an Oscar nomination for her role in “A Star Is Born,” said, “As a victim of sexual assault myself, I made both the song and the 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 continued, “The song is called ‘Do What U Want (With My Body),’ I think it’s clear how explicitly twisted my thinking was at the time. I intend to remove this song off of iTunes and other streaming platforms and will not be working with him again. I’m sorry, both for my poor judgment when I was young, and for not speaking out sooner.”
Lady Gaga was 27 years old when the song was released. They performed together at the American Music Awards, see below:
Back in 2013, Gaga said about the collaboration, “R. Kelly and I have sometimes very untrue things written about us, so in a way this was a bond between us. That we were able to say, to the public, they can have our bodies, but they cannot have our mind or our heart. It was a really natural collaboration.”
Executive produced by Dream Hampton, the docu-series detailed accounts from people in Kelly’s circle, including the singer’s brother, Bruce, who outwardly said Kelly had a “preference” for young women and singer Sparkle (the aunt of the 14-year-old in the sex tape) who testified against him in court. Reportedly, Gaga turned down being interviewed for “Surviving R. Kelly.”