Back in 2013, Lady Gaga did something that she would never do in the present day: she collaborated with R. Kelly.
Even six years ago, the collaboration was deemed bizarre. Though Kelly had been acquitted on child pornography charges, his reputation remained unsavoury. Their duet, from Gaga's Artpop album, is painfully titled Do What U Want.
At the time, Gaga explained during a press conference that they'd bonded over "untrue" rumours that had followed their careers.
“R. Kelly and I have sometimes very untrue things written about us, so in a way, this was a bond between us," she told reporters. "That we were able to say, the public, they can have our bodies, but they cannot have our mind or our heart. It was a really natural collaboration."
The comments have come to light in the midst of awards season, of which Gaga is undoubtedly a crowd favourite. It also coincides with the upcoming release of Lifetime’s docuseries Surviving R. Kelly that uncovers a slew of allegations against the rapper.
Gaga, in conjunction with other prominent members of the music industry reportedly declined to participate in the series. As fans demand that she issue an apology, here's what about Lady Gaga's silence:
This article originally appeared on marie claire.