The “Joanne” singer took to social media late Wednesday evening to address the reasons behind their 2013 collaboration, “Do What You Want (With My Body). Many fans have given her heat over the years for doing the song because of the endless sexual assault allegations against the R&B artist and her history as a strong advocate for survivors.
Their duet was brought back to the spotlight after it was known that Gaga declined to participate in the Lifetime docu-series.
“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,” Gaga wrote.
She added, “I can’t go back, but I can go forward and continue to support women, men, and people of all sexual identities, and of all races, who are victims of sexual assault.”
Lady Gaga takes it a step further, announcing she plans to make the song unavailable for fans and promises to never collaborate with R. Kelly again.
“I intend to remove this song off of iTunes and other streaming platforms and will not be working with him again,” she said. “I’m sorry, both for my poor judgment when I was young, and for not speaking out sooner.”
As of this post, “Do What You Want (With My Body)” is still available on Spotify, iTunes, Pandora and Apple Music.
Since “Surviving R. Kelly” aired, the singer’s life has seemingly come unraveled.
As The Blast reported, the district attorney in Fulton County, GA is currently investigating R. Kelly for the possibility of criminal charges. The state’s attorney in Cook County, IL is also working with prosecutors to determine if they have a case against the controversial singer.
But R. Kelly doesn’t seem to be sweating it. Despite all the negative exposure, he was seen performing songs like “Bump N’ Grind” while celebrating his birthday just last night.