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As Lifetime's docuseries Surviving R. Kelly aired its finale last night (Jan. 5), JoJo took to Twitter to share her thoughts on the show and reflect on her own prior experiences as a young teen in the music industry.

The singer, who alluded to stories about Kelly she says she heard people telling in studio sessions, wrote, "Many of these stories I was hearing when I, myself, was wayyyy underage. Making my first album at 12 and then 14/15. I was a HUGEEEEE R Kelly fan, came from a broken home, had daddy issues, and wondered...how did these girls get chosen? I wondered if I could/would be."

She went on to thank her mother for never leaving her side until she turned 18, never letting her work with R. Kelly "when I begged her to" and never letting her "get too close to predatory men who wanted to do god-knows-what to me," adding that "If I didn't have her, I could have easily fallen victim to someone like R. Kelly. Period."

JoJo also voiced support for the women who have come forward with allegations against Kelly, writing, "I feel DEEPLY for these COURAGEOUS QUEENS who come forward and in some cases risk their lives 2share their story &let others know they’re not alone!!!! Going up against powerful people/ entities fucking intimidating/ terrifying."

Check out JoJo's series of tweets about Surviving R. Kelly below.

To know that many men I’ve known throughout my career (women too, no doubt, but overwhelmingly more men --‍♀️) worked so closely with R. Kelly and KNEW and in some cases SAW the abuse going on + told stories about this stuff in studio sessions like it was funny...

— JoJo. (@iamjojo) January 5, 2019

... and nobody came forward? seems like many continued 2make money off of him and stick around, thus condoning his disgusting predatory ways. Were they sticking around for more “ridiculous Robert Kelly stories” they could tell in private studio sessions later down the line?

— JoJo. (@iamjojo) January 5, 2019

... the R Kelly stories I’ve heard in sessions!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

— JoJo. (@iamjojo) January 5, 2019

Many of these stories I was hearing when I, myself, was wayyyy underage. Making my first couple albums at 12 and then 14/15. I was a HUGEEEEE R Kelly fan, came from a broken home, had daddy issues, and wondered... how did these girls get chosen? I wondered if I could/would be.

— JoJo. (@iamjojo) January 5, 2019

so so thankful 2have had my mom by my side (THANK U MOM I LOVE U MADLY) who 1- never left me alone for a second until I turned 18, 2- never let me work w R Kelly when I begged her to 3- never let me get too close to other predatory men who wanted to do who-knows-what to me

— JoJo. (@iamjojo) January 5, 2019

Becuase, if I didn’t have her, I could have easily fallen victim to someone like R Kelly. Period.

— JoJo. (@iamjojo) January 5, 2019

I feel DEEPLY for these COURAGEOUS QUEENS who come forward and in some cases risk their lives 2share their story &let others know they’re not alone!!!! Going up against powerful people/ entities fucking intimidating/ terrifying.

— JoJo. (@iamjojo) January 5, 2019

Thank u @lifetimetv for this important docuseries #SurvivingKelly

— JoJo. (@iamjojo) January 5, 2019

Im sure it’s way easier SAID than DONE to come forward when you see some wild shit going on right in front of you... but COME THE HELL ON. When dealing w child abuse can it become a reflex!???? SHIT!

— JoJo. (@iamjojo) January 5, 2019

We must acknowledge that today, in America, the color of a person’s skin + their/ their families socio-economic standing either ensures or denies them protection. Some people’s stories are prioritized & believed over others. Some are blamed & victim-shamed.

— JoJo. (@iamjojo) January 5, 2019

There are patterns. Do you see? This is unacceptable. #SurvivingRKelly

— JoJo. (@iamjojo) January 5, 2019


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