In the days since the Surviving R. Kelly documentary premiered, airing out all of the singer’s scandals and alleged crimes, there’s been plenty of backlash. Some of that blowback was for Lady Gaga, one of many artists who had collaborated with the “Ignition” singer over the years. The two had worked together on “Do What U Want (With My Body),” a Gaga song that featured R. Kelly‘s vocals, and fans were waiting to see if she’d make a statement. On Wednesday, Jan. 9 she did — and now Christina Aguilera has spoken up and said she’s standing with her.
If you’re wondering just how Xtina fits into all of this, she actually also collaborated with Gaga on the song. In 2013, they sang a duet of it on The Voice with Christina taking over R. Kelly’s vocals. In 2014, they released their version of the song together. So when Gaga shared that she intends to “remove the song off of iTunes and other streaming platforms,” the “Beautiful” singer knew she had to weigh in.
Being a survivor of past predators myself, these lines spoke to me, which is why I did the song. I embrace all survivors of sexual and domestic violence and abuse holding a special place in my heart, and you @ladygaga, for doing the right thing! 💜 pic.twitter.com/VDsfzb0gyw
— Christina Aguilera (@xtina) January 11, 2019
“This is a reminder of women sticking together — and not letting a man take ownership of a great song/moment,” she shared on Twitter. “And if anything, the message of this song remains that, although you may have had my body, you will never have my heart, my voice my life or my mind.” She continued, “Being a survivor of past predators myself, these lines spoke to me, which is why I did the song. I embrace all survivors of sexual and domestic violence and abuse holding a special place in my heart, and you @ladygaga, for doing the right thing!”
Fans were overjoyed to see the two pop stars supporting each other, calling them legends and icons. “Thank you, queen, for always speaking up about things like this, no matter how hard they try to put us against each other,” one fan wrote. “Women sticking together is the future, we will be each other’s shield.”