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R. Kelly biography: 13 things about singer born in Chicago, Illinois


Professionally known as R. Kelly, Robert Sylvester Kelly is an African-American singer, songwriter and record producer. He has one older sister, one older brother and one younger brother.

Raised in the Baptist church, Kelly and his siblings lived in the Ida B. Wells Homes public housing project in the Bronzeville neighborhood of Chicago, Illinois, United States. Aside from music, he also pursued a career in sports.

Kelly is 6’1″ tall and his listed weight is 200 lbs. Here are 13 more things about him:

Robert Sylvester Kelly
Robert Sylvester Kelly
  1. He was born at Chicago Lying-in Hospital in the Hyde Park neighborhood of Chicago. His mother Joanne Kelly was a professional singer His absent father’s identity is not publicly known.
  2. From 1975 to 1981, an older female family member sexually abused him but he never told anyone because he was too afraid and too ashamed, he revealed in his autobiography “Soulacoaster: The Diary of Me,” which was released in 2012. In 1977, an older male who was a family friend sexually abused him. In 1981, he entered Kentwood Academy in Hyde Park where he met his music teacher Lena McLin who encouraged him to join a high school talent show, which he won.
  3. In 1989, he and his friends Marc McWilliams, Shawn Brooks and Vincent Walker joined the television talent competition show “Big Break,” which he won. In the same year, he, McWilliams, Brooks and Walker formed the group Musically Gifted Men (MGM). After releasing the single “Why You Wanna Play Me” in 1990, the group disbanded.
  4. In 1993, his mother died of cancer. He was married to Aaliyah Dana Haughton, professionally known as Aaliyah, from 1994 to 1995 and to Andrea Lee from 1996 to 2009. Aaliyah died from a plane crash in 2001. His first four studio albums “12 Play,” “R. Kelly,” “R.” and “” were released in 1993, 1995, 1998 and 2000, respectively.
  5. He wrong the Michael Jackson song “You Are Not Alone,” which was released in 1995. In 1996, he released “I Believe I Can Fly” from the soundtrack of “Space Jam” starring Michael Jordan. The song was later included in “R.”
  6. From 1997 to 1999, he played in the United States Basketball League (USBL) as a shooting guard and a small forward for the Atlantic City Seagulls, a  team based in Atlantic City, New Jersey, USA.
  7. In 1998, he settled a lawsuit with Tiffany Hawkins for $250,000 after she claimed he had induced her to have group sex with other teenage girls when she was 15 years old.
  8. In 2002, he was indicted in Chicago on 21 counts of child pornography. In 2008, a jury in Chicago found him not guilty of 14 counts of child pornography. In 2003, he was charged with 12 counts of possession of child pornography, which were all dropped in 2004 due to a lack of probable cause for the search warrants in his residence in Davenport, Florida, USA where 12 images of an alleged underage girl on a digital camera were found.
  9. In 2003, he released his fifth studio album “Chocolate Factory” followed by “Happy People/U Saved Me” in 2004, “TP 3 Reloaded” in 2005, “Double Up” in 2007 and “Untitled” in 2009.
  10. In 2010, he released his 10th studio album “Love Letter” followed by “Write Me Back” in 2012, “Black Panties” in 2013, “The Buffet” in 2015 and “12 Nights of Christmas” in 2016.
  11. On February 22, 2019, he was indicted on 10 counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse. On July 11, 2019, he was arrested on federal charges alleging sex crimes, human trafficking, child pornography, racketeering and obstruction of justice.
  12.  On September 27, 2021, a federal court jury found him guilty on nine counts including racketeering, sexual exploitation of a child, kidnapping, bribery, sex trafficking and a violation of the Mann Act.
  13. He was ordered to remain in custody pending sentencing, which has been set for May 4, 2022.



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