R. Kelly’s ex-wife, Andrea, has broken her silence on her divorce with the music star and this is coming 10 years after the divorce.
Andrea has spoken for the first time about their marriage, how it drove her to almost commit suicide and how she feels sorry for the young women who he is now accused of keeping as sex slaves.
In an extraordinarily emotional interview with The Sister Circle this week, Andrea, 44, wept as she recalled climbing onto the ledge of a balcony in a hotel room and almost throwing herself off the edge because she was so desperately sad in their marriage, reports Daily Mail
The pair were divorced in 2009 after 13 years of marriage. It was the R&B singer’s second marriage – he was previously married to the late singer, Aaliyah, when she was 15 and he was 27.
“That day, I just remember playing sick all day.
I went and got in the bed, and I was just like, “OK, what are you gonna do? What are you gonna do” And something just said, “End it.”
That was my first answer.”
The couple were staying at the Wyndham Grand Bay hotel, “I’ll never forget it in Miami’s Coconut Grove.”
“I remember looking down, and it’s almost like God was able to let me see the future.
I saw my body lying in blood, and I saw the ambulance coming. I saw housekeeping come out, and they were pointing up, and they said, “She jumped from up there.”
‘Then, I remember my baby’s voice in the back going, “Mama, mama… why did mama jump? Why did mama leave us?”‘
“I said ‘OK God, you have to give me an answer today. What do you want me to do if this is not for me, and you want me to leave? What do you want me to do? God I need an answer today. Not tomorrow, not in an hour, I need it now.”
‘The first thing he told me was “grab your laptop” I’m like, “Oh God, you tripping”.
‘Then he said, “search domestic violence.” And I’m thinking to myself, “But I’m not that girl. I’m not the teeth missing, I’m not the broken boned girl.”
“And God said, “keep scrolling”. So I keep scrolling and scrolling and at the end of the domestic violence awareness website, there was a questionnaire and there were 17 questions.
‘They ask you has your abuse ever done. Of the 17, Robert had done 15 to me.’
Andrea said she had decided to finally speak out now because it has taken her this long to accept that she is a ‘victim of domestic violence’.
She hopes her words will prompt her ex-husband to change his lifestyle.