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Lady Gaga Addresses Her Collaboration With R. Kelly After Backlash

Lady Gaga

In the wake of the Lifetime documentary Surviving R. Kelly, Lady Gaga feels strongly about her 2013 song with the R&B singer, announcing her plans to remove it from iTunes and other streaming platforms.

The singer, 32, collaborated with R. Kelly on the track “Do What U Want (With My Body),” a song that was made during “a dark time” in her life, she said in a statement posted on Twitter. She vowed to remove the song from iTunes and other streaming services to support the women who have spoken out against Kelly in the Lifetime docuseries “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,” Gaga said. “What I am hearing about the allegations against R. Kelly is absolutely horrifying and indefensible.”

Gaga was called out earlier this week by a producer of the docuseries for refusing to speak on the show about Kelly’s history of sexual and domestic abuse allegations. She was also slammed for her 2013 live performance with the singer and for praising him a year later on Twitter.

Gaga acknowledged her younger self’s “poor judgment” and ended her statement with an apology.

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“I’m sorry, both for my poor judgment when I was young, and for not speaking out sooner,” she said. “I love you.”

Kelly has steadfastly denied all allegations of sexual misconduct and abuse and reportedly vowed to sue everyone involved with the production and airing of the Lifetime docuseries.

State attorneys in Cook County, Ill., this week urged Kelly’s accusers to come forward with their allegations against Kelly.