Lady Gaga has been in hot water this week. With all of the allegations surrounding R&B singer R. Kelly, fans have been saying that Gaga should speak out about the song she worked on with him. Gaga has been open about the fact that she's a survivor of sexual assault, and she collaborated with R. Kelly on a song in 2013. Lady Gaga released a statement yesterday saying she decided to take their song off iTunes.
Gaga worked with R. Kelly.
Lady Gaga and R. Kelly worked on a song together back in 2013 called "Do What U Want (With My Body)." The song was also featured on her 2013 release Artpop.
Gaga is a sexual assault survivor.
She has been open about an assault that happened to her when she was 19. She even co-wrote the song "Til It Happens To You" for the documentary The Hunting Ground, a film about sexual assault on college campuses.
She was "at a dark time in my life" when she made the song.
In the statement, she goes on to say that she doesn't stand behind R. Kelly or his actions. She was younger at the time of the song and says she wants to move forward "and continue to support women, men, and people of all sexual identities, and of all races, who are victims of sexual assault."
She's taking the song off music platforms and will not work with him again.
It hasn't happened as of the publishing of this post, but Gaga has said that she and her team will take the R. Kelly collaboration off streaming sites, and she will never work with him again. She finalizes the statement by apologizing for "poor judgment when I was young, and for not speaking out sooner."