K. Michelle is facing a lot of backlash after she sent out a series of tweets about her former mentor, R. Kelly.
Early Wednesday morning (Dec. 9), the “Can’t Raise A Man” singer tweeted that she missed Kelly’s musical advice in her life. “I swear if Rob was here so many of my musical questions would be answered,” she wrote. “If you have a mentor u need to learn as much musically as possible, but I took [some] days of learning for granted never knowing this would happen to him.”
She continued, “I’m trying to create the most genuine last R&B record and I really need to play it for him, but [I] can’t. It hurts. I have to be confident in my skills and do this alone.”
Kelly is currently incarcerated in the Metropolitan Correctional Center in Chicago after being accused of child pornography possession, aggravated criminal sexual abuse, kidnapping, human trafficking, forced labor and racketeering.
K. Michelle then said that she was not defending his actions, but she is separating the man from the music. “…musically I’ve trusted him my whole career and now it’s time to trust my own self,” she tweeted. “No one will ever understand how heavy it is watching the person who saved your life be crucified in front of the world for their sickness.”
In a 2017 interview with REVOLT, the “Love and Hip Hop Atlanta” star said Kelly was responsible with helping her become the singer she is today. “I respect everything he’s done for me and taught me,” she said. “I wouldn’t be the artist I am today, I wouldn’t know how to record, I wouldn’t know the importance of the music. So, my loyalty always has a point. But for me, you’ll never hear me tell another woman what she went through.”
Check out her tweets below.