The estranged daughter and ex-wife of singer R Kelly made their first ever TV appearance on Good Morning Britain to speak about the sex abuse allegations made against him.
Joann Kelly was joined by her mother Andrea Kelly on the ITV daytime show on Monday morning.
The 21-year-old was emotional as she admitted how much pain her father had caused her: “I am very torn at the end of the day he is still family and he is still my blood and yes I still love my father.”
Andrea said that she stood as a survivor but did not want to confirm or deny allegations made by other women, adding: “I am a firm believer that if you have being abused, it does not give you a free pass to be an abuser.”
The shamed singer is being criminally investigated after several victims bravely shared detailed accounts of his alleged physical and emotional abuse in the documentary series Surviving R Kelly.
The star, – real name Robert Sylvester Kelly – strenuously denies the allegations, but is now being probed by police in Georgia over the allegations.
Joann said of her father on the daytime programme: “It is very hard to digest. As a lot of people know as far as the reaction to what is happening that he is still my father.
“It is a hard situation. My heart is torn into two separate places.
“I don’t want to confirm or deny anything that these women have said about my father.
“As I have said I know him he is my father and I grew up in that house with my father. I spent years in that house it is very painful.
“It is painful to see all these people affected by this man who is my father.”
Andrea added of her life married to R Kelly who she described as two different people: “My truth is what I survived he was abusive to me verbally physically and sexually and now he is financially abusing me.”
She explained: “We’re dealing with it as best as possible I don’t think people have a clear understanding that we are dealing with two people R Kelly and then Robert the person.
“Myself and my daughter are connected to Robert the person. It is very personal and it is difficult.”
Asked by presenter Piers Morgan about the allegations of R Kelly abusing young girls Andrea responded that there was “so many”.
“He perpetrated so much misery on to so many young women and girls. I do not portray sympathy I portray understanding.
“I am a firm believer that if you have being abused, it does not give you a free pass to be an abuser.”
She added: “It is devastating. I sit here as a survivor and a mother to his children. It is a difficult position for me to be in but being a mother to his children I could not not say anything.”
Piers added that GMB had reached out to R Kelly’s lawyer, who has claimed Drea’s allegations are completely unfounded and ‘without merit’.
Surviving R Kelly described how the singer allegedly ran an “abusive cult” in which he is accused of holding women against their will.
Investigators have contacted several of those involved in the programme including Kelly’s ex-alleged sex slave Asante McGee and are currently trying to locate others who lived in his Atlanta home.
In 2008 Kelly was cleared by a jury of making a 27-minute sex tape with an underage female.
Several stars including Celine Dion, Lady Gaga and Ciara have since pulled their collaborations with the singer and denounced his alleged actions.
It even prompted Kelly’s own daughter to speak out publicly against him.
The 20 year old, who performs under the name Buku Abi, voiced her support for her father’s alleged victims while explaining why she waited to speak out.
In a lengthy statement on Instagram, Buku spoke to her 23.6k followers “from the heart”.
She wrote: “I just want to say a few things… 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.
“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 also went on to apologise for not breaking her silence earlier. Buku wrote, “I do apologise 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.”
Kelly is reportedly planning to a lawsuit against Lifetime – the network behind the series.