Lady Gaga to remove duet with R. Kelly from streaming services


In a lengthy statement shared to her social media accounts early Thursday, the award-winning singer and actress apologized for collaborating with Kelly on a 2013 song titled "Do What U Want", and vowed to pull the track from iTunes and streaming services.

Gaga, who's in the midst of an Oscar campaign after picking up a Golden Globe over the weekend, had described the allegations against Kelly as "absolutely frightful and indefensible". The #MuteRKelly movement has been putting pressure on radio stations to stop playing Kelly's music in light of the sexual abuse allegations against him.

Gaga has been blasted repeatedly recently for her 2013 live performance with R. Kelly and for praising him a year later on Twitter.

The singer revealed that she made the song during a very dark time in her life and referred to her thinking around its production "explicitly twisted".

During a press conference in 2013, Gaga explained their partnership on the song.

The 52-year-old has previously been subjected to sexual impropriety allegations and, in 2008, stood trial on child pornography charges, of which he was acquitted. As a sexual assault survivor herself, Gaga she believes the stories of the alleged victims and is sickened by R. Kelly's long list of alleged crimes.

Phoenix is the latest artist to take to Twitter to distance themselves from R. Kelly, a serial predator, who is responsible for multiple statutory rape allegations, is his promised lawsuit against Lifetime.

After saying that she would remove the song from streaming services, she said that she would never work with R. Kelly again. After singing the opening lines to "Bump N' Grind", Kelly told the gathered audience, "Y'all motherfuckers don't know it's my motherfuckin' birthday and I don't give a fuck what's going on tonight".

Singer R. Kelly was evicted from a Near West Side industrial building that he used for a recording studio and residence, on the grounds he owes tens of thousands of dollars in back rent.

"In Sept. 2015, Gaga released "'Til It Happens to You", the Oscar-nominated song to "The Hunting Ground", a documentary about sexual assaults on college campuses.