R. Kelly’s ex-wife Drea Kelly said that her “heart breaks” for their children who have to live with shame after the singer was convicted of sex trafficking and racketeering.
Drea Kelly, who was married to the disgraced R&B superstar for 13 years, said that she reacted to the news of the verdict from both the perspectives of being a victim of his alleged abuse and the mother to three of his children.
“I sit in a very difficult place cause unlike the rest of his victims, I also share children with him. I was married to him, so I wear two hats,” she told “Good Morning Britain.” “I wear the hat of a survivor and an advocate but I also wear the hat of a mother and ex-wife, so it’s very difficult for me.
“I feel that my heart is in two places. My heart definitely goes out to the survivors and the courage that it takes to even come forward and tell the story, but my heart breaks as a mother because this is now the legacy that my children will have to deal with and their children’s children,” she continued.
She said though she is able to “distance” herself from his legacy, her children cannot. ITV/Shutterstock
“His blood runs through my children’s veins. It’s a part of their DNA, they can’t escape it even if they wanted to,” she said.
Drea has previously spoken out about the alleged physical abuse that she suffered during their marriage from 1996 to 2009.
“People actually said, ‘She’s coming out because she needs money’ or ‘She didn’t say anything because she got money,'” she said on “The View” in 2018. “There’s not enough money in the world for any woman to stay and get abused.” Antonio Perez/Pool/AFP via Getty Images
The “I Believe I Can Fly” crooner, 54, was found guilty on Monday of all nine counts against him, including racketeering and violations of the Mann Act, which prohibits the transport of “any woman or girl” across state lines for any “immoral purpose.”
He faces 10 years to life in prison at his sentencing, which is set for May 4, 2022.