R. Kelly‘s daughter, Buku Abi, opened up about the allegations surrounding her father in a lengthy post on social media.
Buku expressed that the long message on her Instagram Stories took her three days to write. She conveyed that she has no relationship with her father and explained why it took her so long to make a statement about him.
“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,” Buku began.
“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 expressed. “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. Trust, I have been deeply affected by all of this,” she continued.
Buku revealed that she does not speak to her father, “Anyone that knows me personally or has been following me throughout the years knows that I do not have a relationship with my father. Nor do I speak on him or on his behalf. I also am not fond of dealing with my personal issues or personal life through social media but, I feel things are starting to get out of hand.”
Buku explained that her family would never want to be apart of the negative things R.Kelly has done or might do in the future. “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,” Buku wrote.
“Going through all I have gone through in my life, I would never want anyone to feel the pain I have felt,” Buku continued in her second post.
Buku called R.Kelly a terrible father, “Reminders of how terrible my father is, and how we should be speaking up against him, rude comments about my family, fabricating me, my siblings & our mothers ‘part’ etc. Does not help my family (Me, my sister, my brother, and my mother) in our healing process. Nor does it allow a safe space for other victims who are scared to speak up, speak up.”
Buku also refered to her father as a monster, “The same monster you all confronting me about is my father. I am well aware of who and what he is. I grew up in that house.”
Buku explained her reasoning as to why she stayed silent for so long. “my peace of mind. My emotional state. And for MY healing,” she expressed.
“I have to do & move in a manner that is best for me. I pray anyone who reads this understands I put nothing but good intent behind each word.”
In her last post, Buku thanked friends and family for their support during this tough time. “This past year for my family has been very difficult, all the love and support you all continue to show is why we keep going. You all fuel us,” she said. “Family, friends, followers, fans, etc… I love you guys to pieces. Your love is appreciated & always will be,” Buku wrote.