Popular star lady gaga has apologizes for collaboration with R Kelly and promises to remove it from iTunes.
Gaga went on to say that she intends to remove the song from iTunes and other streaming platforms, and will never work with R Kelly again.
The apology comes just six weeks before the Oscars, where Gaga, who took home best original song at the Golden Globes on Sunday, will likely be up for multiple awards.
It follows a Monday interview with a producer behind the Lifetime docuseries Surviving R Kelly, who harshly criticized Gaga.
Producer Dream Hampton said on Sirius XM’s The Karen Hunter Show that while Gaga’s refusal to participate in the program was not a huge disappointment, she did still have some questions for the singer.
‘I wanted to know how Lady Gaga could be on SNL with him as someone who advocates for domestic abuse survivors and was, you know, had this ridiculous performance with him on SNL,’ explained hampton.
Gaga not only worked with Kelly, but defended the singer during a 2013 press conference in Japan when asked why she collaborated with the embattled artist after his child pronography trial.
‘R Kelly and I have sometimes, very untrue things written about us, so in a way this was a bond between us,’ said Gaga of their work together on the single ‘Do What U Want.’Gaga is also one of the most vocal members of the Time’s Up movement, and has very publicly supported women like Ke$ha and Christine Blasey Ford when they went public with their allegations of sexual harassment and abuse.
‘@LadyGaga’s silence on this entire @RKelly ordeal goes to show how white women seldom return the favor when it comes to supporting Black women during the #MeToo era,’ wrote journalist Ernest Owens on Twitter.
‘Hold up lady gaga had that whole performance about sexual assault survivors but she couldn’t interview for the r Kelly docuseries?? An abuser??’ noted another Twitter user, referencing Gaga’s performance at the 2016 Academy Awards.
Gaga lavished praise on Kelly back in 2013 after selecting him to appear on her Artpop single ‘Do What U Want’ at the suggestion of her producer.
That was five years after Kelly was acquitted in his child pronography trial that centered around a sex tape that allegedly showed him raping and then urinating on a 14-year-old girl.
There were also allegations from a number of other young woman at that time, but it did not stop Gaga and Kelly from staging provocative and highly sexualized performances of the song at the American Music Awards and on Saturday Night Live.
The two even shot a video with Terry Richardson, who had also been accused of sexually assaulting multiple young women at that time.
Both Kelly and Richardson have long denied the remarkably similar allegations made against them by multiple women over the past two decades.
That video was eventually shelved after it was deemed too sexually explicit by members of Gaga’s camp.
‘I’m confused how @LadyGaga can be so vocal in her support of #MeToo yet remain silent about R. Kelly who by the time she collaborated with him was a well known pedophile and sexual predator,’ said writer Tzynya L. Pinchback in a post over the weekend.
Gaga also showed her affinity for Kelly on Twitter, quoting their song in a 2013 tweet and the following year writing: ‘#ARTPOPMemories Me & the sensational R Kelly turning up the Oval Office, Doing What We Want, no matter what they say.’
That tweet included a photo of her and Kelly at the AMAs, a performance in which the two role played Bill Clinton and former White House intern Monica Lewinsky on a set designed to look like the Oval Office.
She did eventually record a second version of the song with Christina Aguilera and has stopped performing it in concert, with a recent guest at her Vegas residency telling DailyMail.com that Do What U Want is not on the set list.