R. Kelly survivor Azriel Clary has spoken out about a 2019 interview with CBS News in which she defended the disgraced R&B singer. Kelly allegedly instructed Clary to “get furious” and gave her advice on what to say.
On Monday, Kelly was convicted of federal racketeering and sex trafficking crimes. He might be sentenced to life in jail.
Clary sat down with CBS News for the first time in 2019 when she was 21 years old. Kelly and another lady, Joycelyn Savage, were still living with her. Both supported Kelly, claiming to be his “girlfriends.” Kelly was present at the time of the interview and made his presence known to the ladies, although both women stated he was not aggressive.
Now, two years later, Clary told “CBS Mornings” co-host Gayle King that the interview in 2019 “was a blessing.”
“For five years, since I was 17, I didn’t have any relationships with any other women except for the women that he had been intimate with. And so when I did that interview with you, I instantly regretted immediately how I reacted,” Clary said.
“I don’t know, something about just watching you be very casual and calm and collected and it just reminded me of me. I was, like, ‘Wait a minute. I used to be that poised. I used to be that calm. You know, what happened to that girl? Where did she go?'”
Clary said after that, she knew that Kelly noticed something “had shifted” in her.
“It kind of made me kind of wake up in a sense, and realize, ‘Why am I acting like this? Why am I putting myself through all of this misery? Why am I exploiting myself for a man who has me in this position in the first place, you know?’ And I really had to come to terms and, you know, realize that it wasn’t love,” she said. “Love doesn’t hurt, you know?”
If R. Kelly’s fate had not already been sealed, the latest confession by a former girlfriend all but puts the finally nail in the coffin for the R&B singer