R. Kelly’s Longtime Girlfriend Flips On Him and Reveals Damning Information About The Singer
Multiple women have come out and accused R. Kelly of sexual misconduct and violent, controlling behavior. But one person who has kept quiet is Joycelyn Savage, one of his longtime girlfriends.
Though her parents claimed earlier in the year that the embattled singer had brainwashed Savage and was holding her against her will, she repeatedly pushed back on the rumors. In an infamous interview with Gayle King that aired in March, Savage defended the singer, insisting that they were in a totally consensual relationship. She also accused her parents of making up stories for profit.
But now, Savage is doubling back. Over the weekend of Nov. 22, she opened up and claimed that she, too, is a “victim.”
The beginning of R. Kelly’s relationship with Joycelyn Savage
Savage has been laying out their relationship on Patreon, a subscription-based content service. She announced over the weekend that she plans on releasing “daily chapters” of her story with Kelly. To date, she’s shared three of them.
Savage started at the very beginning, writing that she met R. Kelly at a concert in 2015. At the time, she was 19.
According to Savage, Kelly promised to make her into the next Aaliyah, whom he mentored at the beginning of her career. (Kelly and Aaliyah’s professional relationship ended after her family allegedly discovered that things had also turned romantic. Aaliyah later died in a 2001 plane crash.)
Savage said she loves Aaliyah so much that she jumped at the opportunity to work with Kelly. She dropped out of college, moved in with him, and eventually fell in “love.”
But things soon started to change. Savage claimed that Kelly started making her call him “master” and “daddy.” If she did not, Kelly would allegedly “raise his voice.” On one occasion, he reportedly struck her after she called him “babe” instead of his preferred names.
Savage also said that the singer would prohibit her from entering certain areas of the house and that he always had someone watching her.
“I didn’t have any type of privacy at all now that I think of it,” she wrote, according to screenshots posted by the blog, The Neighborhood Talk.
When they had sex, Savage claimed, Kelly would often allegedly urinate on her. She said if she refused, he would reportedly force her to eat his feces.
Two pregnancies allegedly followed. But Kelly reportedly forced Savage to get abortions, which were allegedly conducted in his home.
As for why she stayed? Kelly would allegedly manipulate her into staying by threatening the prospect of her music career.
“If I wasn’t getting paid or pursuing my dream I would’ve went home,” she wrote.
The next chapter comes out on Nov. 25.
The claims mirror those made by several other women over the years, particularly in the Lifetime documentary Surviving R. Kelly, which aired in January. However, some people have called Savage’s claims into question.
R. Kelly’s lawyer’s response to Joycelyn Savage
Attorney Steve Greenberg slammed Savage’s claims in a Nov. 23 statement shared with Variety, saying:
“It is unfortunate that Jocelyn now seeks to make money by exploiting her long time, loving relationship with Robert. Obviously if she were to tell the truth no one would pay so she has, unfortunately, chosen to regurgitate the stories and lies told by others for her own personal profit. We know the real facts, and it was not until the money ran out that she decided anything was wrong. Hopefully people will see it for the obvious profiteering it is.”
As of writing, R. Kelly has not directed commented on Savage’s claims. He is currently incarcerated on multiple charges of sexual abuse. But before his arrest, Kelly vehemently denied the accusations against him.
“Everybody says something bad about me,” Kelly told Gayle King in an emotional interview. “Nobody said nothing good. They was describing Lucifer. I’m not Lucifer.”
He claimed in the same interview that Savage’s parents were the ones who pushed him to take their daughter in.
“[Savage’s mother] started promoting that Joycelyn could sing,” he explained. “And she was a singer. And she’s trying to be a singer and, you know, you know, wanting me to produce her or whatever. I said, ‘Well, you know, let her sing.’ She sang. And she couldn’t sing.” But they still hit it off because Savage was so “beautiful.”
Savage later said her parents “are basically out here trying to get money and scam, because they didn’t agree on what happened, you know, with music or whatever it could be.”
Her parents denied the claims.