“I sit in a very difficult place ’cause unlike the rest of his victims, I also share children with him. I was married to him, so I wear two hats,” she told the show’s hosts. “I wear the hat of a survivor and an advocate, but I also wear the hat of a mother and ex-wife, so it’s very difficult for me.”
“I feel that my heart is in two places. My heart definitely goes out to the survivors and the courage that it takes to even come forward and tell the story, but my heart breaks as a mother because this is now the legacy that my children will have to deal with and their children’s children,” she continued.
As Blavity previously reported, Kelly was found guilty on Monday of racketeering charges for running a sex trafficking operation. The “Ignition” singer was deemed to be the leader of recruiting young women and underage girls for the purpose of performing sexual acts. He was accused of using his management team and friends to enlist women, as well as using manipulation techniques and threats to keep his victims quiet throughout their time with him.
Andrea adds that while her name may not be synonymous with Kelly’s reputation, she worries that their children won’t be able to “escape” his legacy.
“His blood runs through my children’s veins. It’s a part of their DNA, they can’t escape it even if they wanted to,” she said.
The former dancer said she faced abuse at the hands of her now-ex-husband. In the bombshell documentary series Surviving R. Kelly, she detailed portions of the physical violence she endured during their 13-year marriage, which she says ended in 2009 after she attempted suicide.
She said she decided to speak out to validate and stand in solidarity with Kelly’s other survivors.
“You cannot not speak when someone’s life and what they’ve been through is parallel to yours,” Andrea said in her 2018 interview on The View. “I wanted to bring validity to these women’s stories. … So much of it falls on deaf ears and no one believes them. … I was like, ‘If no one else is going to speak up for her, if no one else is going to believe her, at least she knows that I do.'”
“People actually said, ‘She’s coming out because she needs money,’ or ‘She didn’t say anything because she got money,’” she said. “There’s not enough money in the world for any woman to stay and get abused.”
The jury listened to at least 50 witnesses during the five-week trial before deliberating on the charges. He faces 10 years to life in prison. His sentencing is scheduled for May 4, 2022.