Among all of the women who have recently come forward in protest against R. Kelly, detailing instances of abuse, one person who remained in the shadows is his ex-wife, Andrea Kelly.
However, she recently came forward and unapologetically detailed the instances where she claims the R&B singer physically abused her, and her tearful account is gut-wrenchingly heartbreaking.
While appearing on TV One's Sister Circle, Kelly, who was married to the singer from 1996 to 2009, revealed that she, too, was physically assaulted by her ex-husband.
In a heavily emotional explanation, she said that she realized the extent of his abuse after she took a questionnaire on a domestic violence website.
She started by recalling herself asking for answers, pleading, "God, I need an answer today, not tomorrow, not in an hour, I need it now and the first thing God told me, He said, 'Grab your laptop,'... and once I grabbed the laptop, He said, 'Put in domestic violence.'"
After sharing that she was "not the teeth missing, broken bone girl," she shared some words that served as even a shock to herself.
"I kept scrolling and at the end of the domestic violence awareness website, there was a questionnaire," she continued, with tears streaming down her face. "There were 17 questions and they ask you, 'Has your abuser ever done...?' Of the 17, Robert had done 15 to me."
Take a look at the heartbreaking moment, below:
When asked why she chose to speak on her experience of abuse now, 10 years since she and R. Kelly have been legally married, she explained that she had to take the necessary steps for herself to heal, mentally, first.
"You have to love somebody enough to tell them, 'enough,' and I don't believe that my ex-husband has enough people in his life to be real with him, to be honest with him, who care about his healing, who care about the healing of these families and I feel like it's God's time," she said. "I was not strong enough. How can I be a voice for the voiceless when I don't even have my own?... So, I had to wait until God said, 'OK, daughter. It's time."
If you think you may be a victim of domestic abuse, you can take an 18-question screening quiz via Psych Central, here.
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