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Lady Gaga apologises for R. Kelly collaboration

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Pop diva Lady Gaga apologised on Thursday for a 2013 musical collaboration with R & B star R . Kelly — who has been accused of having sex with children — and said she plans to pull the song from circulation .
“ I ’ m sorry, both for my poor judgment when I was young , and for not speaking out sooner , ” she posted on Twitter .

“ I intend to remove this song off of iTunes and other streaming platforms and will not be working with him again, ” Lady Gaga wrote .

The release — titled “ Do What U Want ( With My Body)” — features R . Kelly — who denies any wrongdoing — singing the lyrics : “ Do what I want , do what I want with your body / Back of the club , taking shots , gettin ’ naughty / No invitations , it ’ s a private party. ”

The post drew praise on Twitter , with users tweeting messages of support such as “ We all stand by you ! I love you !” and “ You did not owe anyone an explanation , Gaga . You are a beautiful person , with a beautiful soul that has saved and inspired so many people . ”

Gaga ’ s apology comes amid renewed attention on allegations of sexual misconduct against Kelly, which were highlighted in a six -hour documentary series about the singer .

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In the Lifetime cable network show titled “ Surviving R . Kelly” which premiered earlier this month , backup singers alleged sexual relations between him and three girls under the age of 16 , including 15 -year – old star Aaliyah , who died in 2001 in a plane crash .

The allegations against the 51 -year – old singer , best known for his hit “ I Believe I Can Fly , ” are subject to criminal prosecution in several US states including Illinois , where Kelly lived as a resident of Chicago .

In May of last year , the online streaming platform Spotify removed the artist ’ s music from its playlists after the Time’ s Up movement for gender equality urged the music industry to dump him over persistent sex abuse allegations .
But the service ultimately backtracked on a policy that reduced exposure for artists accused of personal misconduct, after criticism that the leading streaming platform was hurting musicians on flimsy evidence .

Kelly pushed back against the allegations in a 19 – minute song released last year , in which he said he was himself abused at age 14 .

Though it was titled “ I Admit , ” the marathon song was nonetheless heavier on denials than acknowledgement as the star vented frustration over the stream of allegations against him .

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“ I never thought it would come to this , to be the most disrespected artist , ” Kelly sang .

( AFP )

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