We’re starting to get the feeling that interviews aren’t particularly R. Kelly’s thing. Granted, there are a lot of celebrities who aren’t the most excellent interviewees, but it seems every time R. Kelly attempts to give us a personal account of his life, things take a turn for the worst.
Topping his strangely dramatic exit from a live interview with The Huffington Post late in 2015, a new exclusive with Robert emerged by way of a digital interview with GQ Magazine.
As expected, we got a glimpse into the life of the R&B legend that made us raise our brows even further than we have at past interviews.
Here are the Top 5 ‘WTF’ Moments from that interview (though there were plenty more).
- He Sleeps In A Closet
While the jury is still out on whether he meant this metaphorically and figuratively, Kelly confirmed that he does resort to sleeping in his closet when he feels overwhelmed or depressed. To him, it’s a safe space of total darkness to which he resorts.
“… Once I get in that closet I feel like no one in the world has any idea that I am in this closet right now. And that gives me a peace of mind, to know that no one knows where I’m at right now.”
2. Reading Isn’t His Strong Suit
This is strange due to the fact he has written such eloquent and inspirational songs for himself and other artists, but he can’t in fact read that well. He expressed that his life was changed for the better when his daughter showed him the voice-to-text function on his phone.
“I’m not a A student, I’m not even a B student, but I’ve gotten a lot better with the reading because of texts. And I can voice-text and say whatever I want to people. And then they text me back and I take my time and I can read through it.”
3. He Think’s Sexual Perversion Is a Generational Curse
Though he didn’t apply this ideology to his accusations of sexual perversion, he did say that he forgave his childhood molester (who was a family member) because, in essence, it wasn’t their fault they were perverted- it’s passed down through the generations in his family…
“Well, you know, just like poverty—poverty was a generational curse in my family, too, but I decided that I’m gonna stop that curse”
4. He Found A Way to Circumvent a Question With a Clear Yes-Or-No
The interviewer directly asked R. Kelly if it was in fact him in the video of a man and an underage girl having sex, and Kelly refused to comment, because his legal counsel advised him not to do so. The interviewer even pointed out by not answering he perpetuated the notion of him being guilty, yet he still chose to not comment.
“Sure. But let me ask a simple question: Is that you in that video?”
“[pause] Because of my lawyers, to this day I cannot have those kind of conversations. Being advised by my lawyers in this.”
5. He Doesn’t Believe Bill Cosby’s Accusers Because It Happened ‘A Zillion Years Ago’
While a lot of Cosby defenders share this same (outlandish) sentiment, what’s ironic about R. Kelly feeling this way is the fact he didn’t share his account of his sexual abuse until decades later, so it’s strange that he can’t empathize with the women’s claims, despite how “dated” the incidents may have been.
“All I can say is that it was a long time ago. And when I look on TV and I see the 70-, 80-, 90-year-old ladies talking about what happened when they were 17, 18, or 19, there’s something strange about it. That’s my opinion. It’s just strange.”
Check out the full length, bizarre, yet fascinating interview, here.