Celine Dion is reportedly pulling her R. Kelly collaboration “I’m Your Angel” from streaming services, following allegations he engaged in sexual misconduct portrayed in a searing documentary.
The 50-year-old singer recorded the track, written by Kelly, for her 1998 holiday album These are Special Times..
Lady Gaga also pulled her 2013 collaboration “Do What U Want” last week.
“I stand behind these women 1000%, believe them, know they are suffering and in pain, and feel strongly that their voices should be heard and taken seriously,” she wrote on social media.
A host of women have come forward and accused Kelly of sexual assault in the documentary series “Surviving R. Kelly.”
That was enough to prompt Celine to pull the song from streaming services.
The song was nominated for a Grammy and sold more than 1.5 million copies, according to gossip site TMZ.com.
But Celine is determined now to distance herself from Kelly, real name Robert Sylvester Kelly.
Oddly enough, while artists are pulling their work with Kelly as part of the #MuteKelly movement, Kanye West is taking a different tack.
Hw says it’s still okay to play R. Kelly or Michael Jackson’s music. “They want art from the artist. But, anytime they do anything erratic, they just gonna pull up the full documentaries on him,” West said on Sunday, in seeming defense of the singer.
“And then, they gonna come with the Michael documentary. We can enjoy all their music all we want,” he said.
if you’re going to ban art, “let’s go ahead and take da Vinci out The Louvre. Let’s take down all the art,” West added.
The push-back was so intense on social media, wife Kim Kardashian rushed to West’s defense and tried to clarify his remarks, according to the gossip site.
“Kanye was speaking about his own experience of everyone quick to say they are cancelling him because of differences in opinion & not being perfect. The analogies were in context to his own experiences, not defending anyone else,” she wrote.
Gaga issued a lengthy statement following her move.
“What I am hearing about the allegations against R Kelly is absolutely horrifying and indefensible. 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. The song is called ‘Do What U Want (With My Body).’
I think it’s clear how explicitly twisted my thinking was at the time. If I could go back and have a talk with my younger self I’d tell her to go through the therapy I have since then, so that I could understand the confused post-traumatic state that I was in – or if therapy was not available to me or anyone in my situation – to seek help, and speak as openly and honestly as possible about what we’ve been through. 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.
I have demonstrated my stance on this issue and others many times throughout my career. I share this not to make excuses for myself, but to explain. Til it happens to you, you don’t know how it feels. But I do know how I feel now. I intend to remove this song off of iTunes and other streaming platforms and will not be working with him again. “I’m sorry, both for my poor judgment when I was young, and for not speaking out sooner.”