R Kelly Sings Happy Birthday To Daughter Joann Who Turns 21
The last time R. Kelly shared anything on Instagram was January 1, but today he returned to wish his daughter a happy 21st birthday. Kelly’s relationship with his daughter Joann Kelly has been a strained one, but Kelly took to social media to publicly serenade her. “Happy Birthday baby. Daddy loves you. I love you, no matter what, I love you so much,” Kelly said in the clip before blowing his daughter a kiss.
Joann, who goes by the name Buku Abi and is also the daughter of Drea Kelly, the singer’s ex-wife, previously stated that she hasn’t seen her father in years, nor does she have a relationship with him. Back in January, she took to social media to break her silence about the sexual assault accusations against Kelly by writing, “Before I start I just want it to be known that I am speaking from the heart, nothing I say or do not say is to hurt ANY party reading this or affected by this. To the people that feel I should be speaking up/against everything that is going on right now. I just want you all to understand that devastated is an understatement for all that I feel currently,” she wrote. “I do apologize if my silence to all that is happening comes off as careless.”
“That is my last intention. I pray for all the families & women who have been affected by my father’s actions,” she continued. “Trust, I have been deeply affected by all of this…My mother, siblings and I would never condone, support or be a part of ANYTHING negative he has done and or continues to do in his life.”
Kelly is reportedly at the center of two investigations: one where he’s been charged with 10 counts of sexual abuse, and another that is a federal investigation into possible sex trafficking.