R. Kelly ‘shamelessly’ sings ‘Happy Birthday’ to estranged daughter


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R. Kelly drew mixed reactions from fans when he returned to social media Wednesday with an unsolicited happy-birthday video for his estranged daughter.

The 52-year-old singer shared a video to Instagram and Twitter, his first post since Jan. 1, singing and telling his daughter, “Happy birthday baby. Daddy loves you. I love you, no matter what, I love you so much.”

Joann, who goes by the name Buku Abi to separate herself from her father’s last name, took to social media in January to publicly condemn Kelly, calling him a “monster” and noting that “it has been years since my siblings and I have seen or have spoken to him.”

“My mother, siblings and I would never condone, support or be apart of anything negative he has done or continues to do in his life,” she wrote. “Going through all I have gone through in my life, I would never want anyone to feel the pain I have felt.”

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Some viewers picked up on Kelly’s manipulative tactics in the video. As one Twitter user wrote, “Who keeps letting R Kelly out of prison.”

“R Kelly is so shameless,” another comment read, with another person asking, “okay who gave r kelly a phone.”

“I think Joann want some answers not no (expletive) song Mr R Kelly,” read another tweet.

Kelly’s video did go over better with other fans: for instance, one tweeted, “R Kelly you are a class act. I hope my sons can grow up to respect women as much as you do!!”

Kelly, who is charged with 10 counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse, was briefly jailed in Chicago earlier this month for delinquent child support. He was released March 9 after a donor paid more than $161,000 owed to his ex-wife and Joann’s mother, Andrea “Drea” Kelly.

A Chicago judge ruled last week that cameras will be allowed in the courtroom during Kelly’s sexual abuse trial and pretrial hearings, including at the next hearing, set for Friday.


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