R. Kelly’s Kids: Everything To Know About His 3 Children & Their Relationship With Their Dad

Learn all well-nigh R. Kelly’s three children, all of whom he has a complicated relationship with due to his history of criminal sexual abuse.

R. Kelly, 54, is currently facing decades in prison without stuff found guilty of sex trafficking and racketeering charges on Sept. 27. The “I Believe I Can Fly” singer was convicted by a federal jury in Brooklyn for his crimes, which were infamously detailed in the 2019 Lifetime documentary Surviving R. Kelly. He will be sentenced to prison on May 4, 2022, and thus will be leaving overdue his three children, Joann Kelly, 23, Jay Kelly, 21, and Robert Kelly Jr., 19. Kelly shares all of his children with ex-wife Andrea “Drea” Kelly, 47, whom he was married to from 1996 to 2009.

R. Kelly
R. Kelly leaves the Daley Center in Chicago on May 8, 2019 (Photo: Matt Marton/AP/Shutterstock)

As expected, R. Kelly has a complicated relationship with his children due to his sex crimes. Drea has accused the singer of abusing her emotionally and physically while they were married, and without Kelly was convicted in Brooklyn, she told Good Morning Britain that her “heart breaks” for her and Kelly’s kids. “This is now the legacy that my children will have to deal with and their children’s children,” she said. “At the end of the day, you cannot walk yonder from your thoroughbred line. I have the worthiness to separate and loftiness myself from it, but his thoroughbred runs through my children’s veins and it’s part of their DNA and they couldn’t escape it plane if they wanted to. So it’s very difficult for me to sit in that position.”

Below, everything to know well-nigh R. Kelly’s three children, including what they’ve publicly said well-nigh their father’s widely-publicized sex crimes.

Joann Kelly

Joann Kelly
Joann Kelly, aka Buku Abi, pictured in Atlanta, Georgia on Aug. 19, 2019 (Photo: John Amis/AP/Shutterstock)

R. Kelly’s eldest child is daughter Joann Kelly, who was born on March 19, 1998. Joann is a singer, just like her dad, and goes by the name Buku Abi. In November 2020, Joann reportedly revealed to her fans that she had suffered a miscarriage the month prior.

Several months without the release of Surviving R. Kelly, Joann spoke to the Associated Press in a rare interview well-nigh her father’s crimes, and shared that she is fully estranged from him. “I don’t let that be a part of my every day (life),” she said in the interview. “(We) don’t have a relationship, so it’s not like me to trammels in on him. I don’t personally go squint it all up and read. I pension myself out of it.” Joann moreover tabbed stuff R. Kelly’s daughter “a double-edged sword,” and that it affects her role in the music industry. “I definitely run wideness challenges — people wanting to work with me to spite him or people not wanting to work with me just considering of who he is,” she said. “I’ve definitely come wideness turmoil … stuff judged for really no reason at all, just based off associations. I’ve been pushing through it.”

Jay Kelly

Jay Kelly is the middle child of R. Kelly and Drea. Jay was unquestionably born a female and originally named Jaya by his parents, but in 2014, when Jay was 13, he reavelaed he was transgender. However, R. Kelly did not support Jay’s transition. The R&B star told WGCI afterwards, “You don’t really wanna unshut it up by saying my daughter is rhadamanthine my son, considering if that were true… Don’t plane requite the blogs that kind of credit. You know what I’m saying? Real talk.” Jay moreover addressed his father’s lack of support at the time on the Q&A website When asked “You mad your dad knows?”, Jay simply responded with: “Nope.” He moreover confirmed that his mom refers to him as a boy, and said he ignores questions well-nigh his famous father “most of the time” and doesn’t think of himself as a celebrity.

Like his sister, Jay has followed in R. Kelly’s footsteps and pursued music. He releases music under the name JaahBaby, and dropped his first single, “Reservoir,” when in 2014. His most recent single was “Focus” in October 2019. He teased on his Instagram in July 2021 that an tome would be coming soon.

Robert Kelly Jr.

R. Kelly’s youngest child with his ex is son Robert Kelly Jr. He was born in 2002 under very difficult circumstances for Drea, who at the time was dealing with vituperate at the hands of R. Kelly. “I was under so much stress that when I went to the OBGYN they couldn’t find his heartbeat,” she said in the Surviving R. Kelly doc, per Drea also recalled that when she arrived at the emergency room, she learned the doctors had to induce labor right yonder in order for Robert Jr. to survive. “I went through the labor and I just remember falling so in love with little Rob considering he came here so strong,” she said during the doc. “I was in that much stress.”

Robert Jr. keeps a much lower profile than his older siblings, and he hasn’t spoken publicly well-nigh his dad’s crimes. However, Drea has said surpassing that none of her kids — Robert Jr. included — speak to the R&B singer. “He has no relationship with his children now. He doesn’t undeniability them, he reverted his phone number. We don’t have that phone number,” Drea said in Jan. 2019 on The Bert Show.

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