R. Kelly's Ex-Wife Andrea Hits Back at Victim Shamers: 'You Are by Far the Biggest Supporter of My Abuser'


Since recently speaking out about her alleged abuse at the hands ex-husband R. Kelly, Andrea Kelly is raising her voice again and says she's been the victim trolling. Dancer/choreographer Kelly, who was married to the singer from 1996-2009 and is the mother his three children, broke her silence last month about the multiple stories surrounding her ex allegedly keeping a harem young women in what has been dubbed an abusive "sex cult".

Earlier this week, she spoke up again, hitting back at some the critics who've tweeted at her claiming that her comments were a bid for attention and slamming her for continuing to use the Kelly name even though she's remarried.

"First I'd like to say thank you to all my #DREAmers and those who support me on this journey," Kelly wrote in an Instagram on Tuesday (July 16). "To the ones that come on my page to spew venom and #victimshame You are by far the biggest supporter my abuser. By you shaming me and any other victims you're helping the abuser accomplish their task belittling, intimidating, and discounting all the abuse they've put the #victim and #victims through!"

In an interview last month, Andrea Kelly remembered the day walked away from the R&B star, crying as she described "playing sick" in bed all day and finally deciding that it was time to "end it." Looking out from the balcony the hotel room she was sharing with her ex, she said she climbed up on the railing, one foot against the wall and the other over the ledge, picturing her bloody body on the street below.

Stepping back from the ledge and begging God to give her a sign, Kelly said a voice told her to type "domestic violence" into her laptop, all the while assuring herself that she was not the "teeth missing…broken bone girl" people think when they picture domestic abuse. But upon visiting the domestic violence website, she saw a questionnaire with 17 questions about abuse . "Of the 17, Robert had done 15 to me," she said.

In her new Instagram post, Andrea Kelly wrote that she almost let the trolls overshadow all the "love and support" she's been receiving, pledging not to let the hate stop her from "saving lives and giving hope to those who are where I was."

"I AM A VOICE FOR THE VOICELESS! I am a #SURVIVOR OF SEXUAL ABUSE *EMOTIONAL ABUSE* PHYSICAL ABUSE *ECONOMIC ABUSE at the hands my EX husband," she wrote. "For years I was fearful to come forward with my FULL truth." 

She goes on to note that the people who are criticizing her for speaking now have not been paying attention to her Instagram, where she said she's posted numerous times about being the survivor domestic violence. 

Over the past several years, R. Kelly has been accused by multiple women sexual violence, coercion and running a "sex cult," including two additional women who came forward to BuzzFeed in May. Though he has never been convicted a crime, he has come under increasing scrutiny over the past several weeks, particularly with the launch the #MuteRKelly movement at the end April. Kelly has vociferously defended himself, saying those accusing him are an “attempt to distort my character and to destroy my legacy." And while RCA Records has thus far not dropped Kelly from his recording contract, Spotify distanced itself from promoting his music in May under a new "hateful conduct" policy.

The majority the comments on Andrea Kelly's Instagram were supportive, though some took issue with her speaking out, including one commenter who wrote, "So why you overlook your husbanfd (sic) edo ways after all these years? U didn't say all when u were on the reality show. You did an interview with madame noire 5 years ago where u praised your huaband (sic) and told fans to buy his music and tickets to concerts cause it keeps your lights on." 

See Andrea Kelly's posts below.