Buku Abi, the estranged daughter of R. Kelly, is speaking out amid allegations against her father.
Taking to her Instagram Story on Thursday, the artist wrote to her followers, "Buku here. I just want to say a few things... Before I start I just want it to be known that I am speaking from the heart, nothing I say or do not say is to hurt ANY party reading this or affected by this."
"To the people that feel I should be speaking up/against everything that is going on right now. I just want you all to understand that devastated is an understatement for all that I feel currently," Buku continued. "I do apologize if my silence to all that is happening comes off as careless. That is my last intention. I pray for all the families & women who have been affected by my father's actions. Trust, I have been deeply affected by all of this."
"My mother, siblings and I would never condone, support or be a part of ANYTHING negative he has done and or continues to do in his life," she went on to write.
"Going through all I have gone through in my life, I would never want anyone to feel the pain I have felt," Buku told her followers. "Reminders of how terrible my father is, and how we should be speaking up against him, rude comments about my family, fabricating me, my siblings &our mothers 'part' etc. Does not help my family (Me, my sister, my brother, and my mother) in our healing process. Nor does it allow a safe space for other victims who are scared to speak up, speak up."
"The same monster you all confronting me about is my father," Buku said in the message. "I am well aware of who and what he is. I grew up in that house. My choice to not speak on him and what he does is for my peace of mind." Buku added that it took her "nearly 3 days to write this."
"I just want everyone to know that I do care and I love you all," she continued. "This is a very difficult subject to speak on... again, I apologize if my words don't come out right.."
R. Kelly has consistently denied any allegations of abuse or misconduct over the years.