R. Kelly Talks Bill Cosby, Sexual Allegations And Abuse In New 'GQ' Interview
R. Kelly has often been in the headlines for his past transgressions, which were only exacerbated by his denial in addressing the issues head on. From his rude dismissal on HuffPost Live to his #AskRKelly failed online experience — the Chicago crooner has needed quite a sturdy leg to stand on, despite no one taking him seriously.
Now GQ Magazine‘s Chris Heath has been able to corner Kelly in an exclusive interview with the singer. In the piece, which hits stores around the country on January 26, Robert expresses himself candidly about experiencing sexual abuse at the hands of a family friend, admits to sleeping deep in the recesses of his own closet, plays naive about knowing who comedian Dave Chappelle is and throws his lawyers on the landmine of sexual allegations pegged to Kelly’s previous legal troubles.
“I remember it feeling weird,” Kelly told GQ, speaking about his sexual abuse he suffered during a child. “I remember closing my eyes or keeping my hands over my eyes. I remember those things, but couldn’t judge it one way or the other fully.” Detailing his accounts in full, Kelly originally spoke on the matter in his 2012 memoir, Soulacoaster, yet in his GQ interview, Kelly still expresses love for his family member who sexually abused him for multiple years.
“As I’m older, I’ve only learned to forgive it,” Kelly said. “It’s a family member that I love so I would definitely say no [to it being wrong to sexually abuse someone] to that one.” Would he have a change of heart or opinion for Bill Cosby, who finds himself in similar hot waters as Kelly did back in the early 2000s? “I don’t know what happened,” Kelly said. “I’m a fan of Bill Cosby’s from the Bill Cosby show, of course—who’s not?—and for me to give my opinion on something that I have no idea if it’s true or not, all I can say is that it was a long time ago.”
Expressing himself in a manner that would anger a small country, Kelly says that God didn’t show him “the truth” about the matter, so he couldn’t say whether or not if Cosby was wrong. “I say that because it happened to me, and it wasn’t true,” served as the singer-songwriter’s rationale. Elsewhere in the chat, Kelly talks about spending “quite a bit of time” in his own closet, saying, “I sleep [in the closet] because it’s pitch-black. I feel like no one in the world has any idea that I am in this closet right now. And that gives me a peace of mind, to know that no one knows where I’m at right now.”
The February issue of GQ is currently available on newsstands in New York and Los Angeles. The rest of the country will be able to get their hands on it when it becomes available nationally January 26.