PT 1: R. Kelly's Ex-Wife, DREA Kelly, Is In Studio To Talk About Life With R. Kelly
Ex-wife of R. Kelly, Andrea "DREA" Kelly, joins us in studio to open up about the 13 years of her life she spent with and married to R. Kelly.
If you're unfamiliar with what's going down with R. Kelly, Lifetime's docuseries "Surviving R. Kelly" has taken the world by storm, and it also looks like it might be leading to new criminal charges against him.
Atlanta prosecutors have opened a new investigation directly related to the allegations made on the docuseries, and they want information from anyone who lived in the mansion where he carried out his alleged sex crimes, as well as anyone who might know what went on there. Reports say they've already reached out to the survivors and family members who cooperated with Lifetime for the docuseries.
Other reports say that prosecutors in Chicago have also asked potential victims to come forward.
DREA is speaking up now because she's a survivor, and she wants to speak up to give validity to the other survivors' stories that we're hearing about. For her, somebody had to stand up to say that these women aren't lying, because it also happened to her.
DREA speaks about how she met R. Kelly (she worked for him, and was actually engaged to someone else before their relationship ever blossomed), addressed whether or not she knew about the rumors of his propensity before they got together, and how she wondered at points in her life if he had a doppelgänger, because she didn't understand how one person could possibly do so much - how does anyone have that much time? And that's when she realized: there must be people helping.
When asked why she thinks this story is just picking up steam now, DREA lays the hard truth bare: women of color are lowest on the totem pole, and if these were white women, this would have been handled in a day. And this needs to change. Now. And that she doesn't want people - and other celebs - to jump on this just because it's trendy. It should have happened way, way sooner.
DREA also opens up about how people want to believe the persona over the person, and so they turn a blind eye, how she would feel about the father of her children going to prison (and how it would affect her children), her final breaking point that made her leave (and the fear she harbored in her heart for her daughter), and how - at the end of the day - she's not judge, jury, or God.
If you or someone you know is being abused, you can reach out to the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1.800.799.7233 or RAINN (Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network)'s sexual crisis hotline: 1.800.656.HOPE (4673).