The ex-wife of disgraced singer R. Kelly has once again spoken out about their 13-year marriage.
In a new interview with Page Six, Andrea Kelly said her experience with the singer was far from perfect, despite the perception her life was because of Kelly’s fame and fortune.
“Money does not bring you happiness; it is a lonely place,” Andrea told the outlet. “I still say, ‘I was married but I was never a wife,’ and I don’t want anyone [else to experience that] … especially the younger generation.”
Andrea Kelly married R. Kelly in 1996 and the couple were officially divorced in 2009. (Getty)
The 46-year-old goes on to advise newlyweds not to put so much importance on materialistic things. Because one day, should their marriage end like hers did in 2005, they may find themselves with nothing.
“At the end of the day, what you need to understand … is that when it’s over, they will let you know his damn money is his damn money and they leave with their money,” Andrea said.
The couple were married in 1996 and welcomed three children: daughters Joann, 22, and Jaah, 20, and son Robert Jr, 18. But they would separate in 2005 before officially divorcing in 2009.
R. Kelly is currently in a Chicago jail awaiting trial. (AP)
Their divorce settlement was sealed up until last year when documents were released to a judge overseeing their decades-long custody battle. In the settlement, Andrea was awarded a one-time payment of US$1 million (approx. $1.3 million), as well as US$10,000 (approx. $13,000) a month in alimony and US$250,000 (approx. $342,000) a year in child support as the children were minors at the time.
But in recent years, Kelly has requested to reduce his child support payments, claiming his income and popularity have declined due to numerous allegations of predatory behaviour against him.
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The singer — who was once worth a cool US$150 million (approx. $205 million) and is now reportedly worth only US$100,000 (approx. $137,000) — is facing anywhere from 10 years to life in prison for a series of charges, including racketeering, sex trafficking, sexual abuse and child pornography.
Kelly has been jailed at the Metropolitan Correctional Center in Chicago since July 2019 as he awaits trial, with the star reportedly denied bail six times.
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