Full steam ahead. R. Kelly’s ex Azriel Clary took to Instagram to share some behind-the-scenes footage from her new music video on Wednesday, March 11. It looks like the 22-year-old was unbothered by the backlash she received following her decision to pursue a career in music.
“Who wants a music video?” the beauty asked her followers as she gave fans a tour of the set. “Countdown coming soon,” she added. Tons of production equipment and cameramen could be seen as Azriel showed viewers around the space.
Prior to Azriel’s music video tease, the up-and-comer was shaded for going back on her word. In March 2019, she told Gayle King in an interview that she would never sing again. Since then, it appears she had a change of heart, although haters have accused her of using Kelly’s fame to boost her to stardom.
On February 26, Azriel addressed the trolls in her Instagram comments. “I LIED for Robert because that’s what he told me to say. I went five years without singing because it would mess up his ‘creativity’ which is why he never allowed me to sing.”
She continued, “Would you rather be abused or go five years with getting beat for singing or humming too loud and being left in a room until you ADMIT you were WRONG for singing too loud? You learn to shut up because going through the motions is better than a bruised body.”
The following day, Azriel highlighted a comment from a fan who came to her defense. “Y’all act like people can’t change their minds. Anybody can say they’re not doing something and then do it,” the user wrote. “Just because they said they ain’t doesn’t mean they can’t. S–t I said I wasn’t going to work and boom, I’m at work. Is that a crime?!” Agreeing with her fan, she shared a screenshot of the comment to her Story with the caption, “Say it one more time for the people in the back.” Since the young artist cut ties with Kelly, 53, in December 2019, she has been speaking her truth as she paves her own path.
Kelly has denied all allegations of sexual misconduct. He is currently in prison awaiting trial for several accusations of sexual assault.
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