R. Kelly Comes Out Of His Closet To Have A Candid Interview with GQ Magazine

r-kelly-gq-0216-02R.Kelly opened up and spoke with Chris Heath from GQ magazine and touched on his childhood, Aaliyah, closets, and Bill Cosby. (photos by Sebastian Kim)

Aristotle once said that “No great mind has ever existed without a touch of madness”. This article indeed allows us into R.Kelly’s twisted, magical mind. In a recent article with GQ magazine, R. Kelly gets up close and personal.

Like Prince, R. Kelly is a musical genius that rarely does interviews. In reading a recent GQ article entitled, “Confessions of R. Kelly by Chris Heath, my feelings ranged from being surprised, saddened, and shocked. Here were a few things that made my eyebrow raise and some that softened my heart.

Reading for him is still a struggle. In the past, R. Kelly mentioned his struggles with reading. Apparently, his literacy skills have improved somewhat but reading is still a struggle. Luckily, voice text messages allows him to read text messages more fluently.  “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”, he revealed to Chris Heath.

R. Kelly was sexually abused as a child. In the article, R. Kelly mentioned that a man offered him sexual advances but he refused. However, he was almost sexually assaulted everyday by a female relative.  R. Kelly told GQ magazine “I remember it feeling weird. I remember feeling ashamed. I remember closing my eyes or keeping my hands over my eyes. I remember those things, but couldn’t judge it one way or the other fully.”  Upon reading that  I wondered, like the reporter, if R.Kelly became a sexual abuser because of this woman. 


He was in love with Aaliyah. While R. Kelly wouldn’t speak about the rumored marriage out of respect for Aaliyah’s parents, he did acknowledge that they were very, very close and that he indeed was in love with her. Most importantly, he has no regrets about that situation.


He believes that his fans think he’s innocent. Chris Heath broached the subject about R. Kelly’s alleged sexual crimes but because of his lawyers, he couldn’t discuss it. Heath suggested to R.Kelly that his music overpowered his molestation claims because his music is just “too good”. R.Kelly responded that he believed his fans stated, ” The hell with what other people are saying—we love R. Kelly, we believe R. Kelly, he was found innocent, he’s moving on with his life, he’s not letting that tear him down.’ I believe that’s what it was.”


He sleeps in the closet. In a closet that’s only big enough for him, he sleeps in silence to get away from everyone with just a pallet and no phone. This is a practice he started after receiving fame and fortune.

God would have to show him that Bill Cosby is guilty. R. Kelly mentions that he loves Bill Cosby from The Cosby Show and he feels that he can’t form an opinion on something he doesn’t know is true or not. Because of the women’s ages, he questions the validity of their stories. “No man can tell me that. No woman can tell me that. And when you wait 70 years, 50 years, 40 years, to say something that simple, it’s strange”. 

Much more was revealed about R.Kelly in this article. It was an interesting read and to be quite honest, I am one of those fans that believes his guilty. However, his music is just “too good” to pass up. Don’t judge me!