Lady Gaga has apologized for her prior collaboration with R Kelly, after coming under fire for working with the embattled singer who is the subject of a scathing new docuseries about sexual abuse allegations.
‘What I am hearing about the allegations against R Kelly is absolutely horrifying and indefensible,’ Gaga wrote in a statement on Wednesday apologizing for the 2013 single Do What U Want.
‘As a victim of sexual assault myself, I made both the song and the video at a dark time in my life, my intention was to create something extremely defiant and provocative because I was angry and still hadn’t processed the trauma that had occurred in my own life,’ she continued.
Gaga said that she stands behind the women who spoke out in the docuseries Surviving R Kelly, and feels ‘strongly that their voices should be heard and taken seriously.’
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.