Following the explosive interview that aired on March 6, rapper R. Kelly is back in police custody. However, it has nothing to do with the allegations he was addressing — or the charges of criminal sexual abuse that he plead not guilty to. Instead, Chicago’s ABC 7 reports that a failure to pay over $100,000 in child support is the reason why the “Ignition” singer is back in jail. According to them, R. Kelly is required to pay that amount in full before he’s eligible to be released.
Joe Ryan, spokesman for the Cook County Sheriff’s Office, tells In Touch deputies arrested R. Kelly shortly after his custody hearing during the afternoon on Wednesday, March 6. “He will be transferred to jail at some point today,” Ryan told In Touch following the arrest. According to USA Today, Kelly had until 10 a.m. this morning to fork over the $161,663 in overdue child support payments that he owes his ex-wife, Andrea Kelly, who spoke out against him in the Surviving R. Kelly documentary.
Failing to make his support payments will surely damage the singer’s relationship with his children further, a relationship that he claimed in the CBS interview was already strained. “I didn’t do this stuff. This is not me. I’m fighting for my f–king life,” he said int he clip. “Y’all trying to kill me. You killing me, man. This is not about music. I’m trying to have a relationship with my kids and I can’t do it. Y’all just don’t want to believe the truth.”
But R. Kelly has clashed with his ex and his children in the past. Back in 2014, the couple’s youngest child, Jay Kelly, came out as transgender. Though the rapper allegedly denied the news, telling reporters, “You don’t wanna say my daughter is becoming my son. … [That] was never true,” Andrea confirmed the news about her son. “I’m so proud of him,” she told In Touch in July 2014. “To have a child who’s an individual, and knows what they want and are willing to tell the world? That type of bravery can’t be bought.”