Breaking the silence surrounding his recent acquittal, R. Kelly truly believes that people are out to get him, going as far as saying he was betrayed by close associates and family. “Do not listen to the people that were fired, listen to the facts” said Kelly. “I know people are out to get me because I’m very vulnerable, especially during a seven-year trial.” Kelly said the people who spoke out against him were disgruntled former employees, including his brother, Carey Kelly. The Kelly sibling claimed that R. Kelly attempted to bribe him if he would say the man in the video was himself and not his famous brother. Questioned about his reported fondness for teenage sexual partners, the 41-year-old singer responded, “When you say teenage, how old do you mean? I have some 19-year-old friends, but I don’t like anyone illegal if that’s what we are talking about, underage.” Thanking his fans for the support over the years, he hopes to move forward with his life by continuing to make honest music. “I’m not going to let this affect my gift,” he said. “I’ve done vintage R. Kelly songs during the trial because I said no matter what, I’m not going to let this make me run under a rock and not do my job. Some people fall off and I chose not to do that.” To that end, Kelly is planning an African tour, during which he hopes to do some humanitarian work, and continues to work on a new album, “12 Play 4th Quarter.” Several tracks from Kelly’s “12 Play 4th Quarter” album have leaked in recent weeks including “Freakshow.” A release date has not been set for the project which is rumored to be headed to stores at the end of the year. What do you think: Will R. Kelly be able to move on and recapture any fans he has lost over the years ?
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