Phoenix have apologized for collaborating with R. Kelly in 2013. “We are deeply horrified by the stories of abuse surrounding R. Kelly,” the band mentioned in a press release, posted on their Twitter. “We regret that we were not both more informed and more discerning when we worked with him previously. We fully support all victims of sexual abuse, and it’s our hope that there will be a path to justice.”
R. Kelly joined Phoenix for a remix of the band’s Bankrupt! single “Trying to Be Cool.” Kelly also performed with Phoenix at Coachella earlier that yr. Frontman Thomas Mars and R. Kelly additionally participated in an interview together for Pitchfork.
Phoenix’s apology follows Lady Gaga’s, who additionally labored with Kelly in 2013. In a statement posted to Twitter last night, Gaga mentioned that she intends to take away her collaboration with Kelly, ARTPOP single “Do What U Want,” from iTunes and streaming companies.
The apologies arrive as ladies proceed to talk out publicly about R. Kelly’s historical past of alleged abuse. Lifetime lately aired “Surviving R. Kelly,” a documentary collection that featured interviews with a number of ladies—together with ex-girlfriend Kitti Jones and ex-wife Andrea Kelly—who’ve accused Kelly of abuse. The collection additionally included interviews with John Legend and Chance the Rapper, who mentioned it “was a mistake” to collaborate with R. Kelly on 2015’s “Somewhere in Paradise.”