R. Kelly's eldest daughter Joann Kelly says she's not ready to discuss her father on the reality TV show Growing Up Hip-Hop: Atlanta.

The 52-year-old R&B singer plead not guilty last month to charges he sexually abused three minors a decade ago.

<p>On Friday, Kelly appeared in a Cook County court to beg a judge to allow him to fly to Dubai for work. Kelly is booked to perform three to five shows in the United Arab Emirates in April. He also has a planned meeting with the Royal family.</p>
<p>As Kelly arrived surrounded by bodyguards, fans screamed, The Blast.

Kelly recently paid his ex-wife Andrea Kelly $161,000 to get out of jail in Chicago. Drea and her three children, Robert, Jay and Joann, will be featured on the upcoming season of Growing Up Hip-Hop: Atlanta. Production has already begun on the series in Atlanta.

Earlier this week he sang "Happy Birthday" to Joann. But Joann, who performs under the stage name Buku Abi, is adamant about not talking about her troubled dad.

Joann said her singing career will be the focal point of the show.

She recently broke her silence about the explosive Lifetime documentary Surviving R. Kelly, saying "devastated is an understatement."

Drea and her children will join TLC member T-Boz, rapper Da Brat and Waka Flocka Flame on the reality show.

Photos by Prince Williams/ ATLPics.net, Nuccio DiNuzzo/Getty Images

  • Gloria

    Y'all gonna R Kelly us to death aint y'all.....

  • SoulfulLove

    Sooooo.. Why is she going on the show then?

  • Yardgirl

    She looks like her mom. I saw the video of him singing HBD to her, it was a big WTF moment. Bizarre AF.

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  • iWasteTime

    If you gone use what is happening for financial gain, go all the way sis or stay where you at.

  • SpiceGirl

    Hummmm makes ya wonder....All this came out JUST in time for them to join the show.......

  • Coy little wink

    Is anyone tuning in? Anyone....anyone...

  • Victorious82

    I think they could’ve gotten on the show without the renewed controversy. Masika from LHHH was on there and she’s just Fetty Waps 25th baby mama. I think just being R Kelly’s ex wife and children was enough to get put on. I don’t think they ask for much.

  • MsSapphire9800

    But her momma will say his name...every chance she get...without Kelly name---how are they related to the Hip Hop culture...how did they grow up Hip Hop...her opening line on the show...I do not know what it is like to be R Kelly kids...but I know what it is like to be his ex-wife...chile you are also another man ex-wife....

  • onelove

    and she shouldn't...

  • Reina1718

    Everyone else will

  • MsSapphire9800

    She was fine with her dad on his last CD...because she was on it...she was fine singing on tour with him...funny how she changed her full name after the Lifetime show...and seperated herself completely....oh that's right..he can't further her and the sister/brother career due to legal issues.

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  • Topic Influencer

    A singer who didnt write any of her own songs once said *clears throak*

    It's funny how money changes sit-ua-tions....
    Miscommunication leads to comp-li-cation...

    Walks off.

  • Marlika

    Damn are they gonna ride this R Kelly train till the wheels fall off!?????? They hate their daddy ( so they claim) but use his name to open doors.?? They wouldn’t be able to get on the show without his name.

    I’m tired of the attention seeking mammy and his two confused ass daughters!? The sons ain’t said nuttin so far so we good for now. ??

  • Phillybruh

    Well if he was as lousy as he's been described then this is the least his name could do.

  • Marlika

    Nope no excuse!

  • Phillybruh

    He barely paid child support and haven't seen them in years. Its the least his name could do, because it ain't good for much these days.

  • Marlika

    Notice how the white chirren and ex wives of the white sexual predators never do interviews or cry victim???

    I don’t hear nothing from Weinstein ex or chirrens. Or any of the other ones.

  • Jay

    I hope and pray the baby hair phase will die soon

  • Phillybruh

    Because before they split she got a huge settlement (Weinstein), if R.Kelly took care of his family the way he should have, then they wouldn't need to do this. But he's broke, he can't even send them to college if they wanted to go.

  • Alextra Ballard

    Um is...um guessing I’m the only one that liked Drea in Hollywood Exes.. I jess wish she would not involve her kids

  • OvertheMississippi

    Darn child has more sense than the mammy!

  • Alextra Ballard

    The churn may not mention Kellz but Drea will jess like she did on Hollywood Ex’s...Robert or He...we all knew who the He she was referring to.

  • MsSapphire9800

    I liked her in Hollywood Exes...because she was real and spoke her truth...butm know she is riding the coat tail of his victims and throwing the children in it.

  • Yoni7

    But he's broke, he can't even send them to college if they wanted to go.
    He ain't broke, he got some money. He broke to "us" (well not me, because he got more than me right now, I'm sure), not to hisself. LOL And who really can send their kid's to college nowadays? Parents always hollin' bout tuition since the beginning. LOL

  • MsSapphire9800

    He gave her everything in the divorce...her words on Hollywood Exes...he is a great father...the child support issue is recent when the me too muted him and he couldn't make money....why they can't go to college they had college trust funds.

  • Marlika

    There two sides to every story. I’m in no way making excuses for the man. But now I question everything the wife has said and is saying. And who’s to say she hasn’t coached the kids to say whatever. Both parents and the kids need to go to family therapy.
    As a kid my parents played tug a war and I had a mom who used to try to turn me against my dad every chance she got. Because he hurt her so she used me to try and punish him.
    Sounds like Drea used the kids to turn against him because she was hurt.

  • Marlika

    Most of thes celeb kids seem not to want to go to college. They all wanna be singers and rappers.?????

  • Coy little wink

    Lol I ? Shannon!

  • Dowoop

    Her mama gonna do more than enough talking about him.

  • Dowoop

    He's just hiding his money. I wouldn't be surprised if he runs off.

  • Cricket404

    They didn't record together in the studio, and her name has been Buku forever. This must be the beginning of reality show lies to beef up viewership.

  • Cricket404

    The machine is about to create storylines that these poor children are probably not equipped to handle. Lord pray!

  • MsSapphire9800

    Yes...she did on "The Buffet" cd..."Be There"...her name was Ariiraye then. ( 3 years ago)...

  • MJF

    3rd what?

  • MsSapphire9800

    I am confuse on that part..because the mother...always said..Robert was a great father...and the daughter was on his cd in 2015 and tour singing her song in 2016...."scratching my head." The child support issues came last year when the me too muted him. (8 months behind).

  • http://realitytea.com Goddess

    Which means they will be broke in a couple of generations.

  • Nina Ross

    He was only 8 months late with the child support... 20k a month

  • Yoni7

    Surprised he hasn't already. I think he likes this attention. But when it dies down.......

  • Yoni7

    And think their parents money will keep them rich forever....

  • Yup, I said it

    She is wrong and immoral for trying to profit off this tragedy. Drea trying to profit, the kids trying to profit, Jocelyn and Azriels family trying to get a reality show by calling the media to watch them eat breakfast and talk about R Kelly every damn day. Rkelly was surrounded by money hungry unethical heathens. That how he could get away with is for so long.

  • Yardgirl

    I will be upfront and say I know nothing about these people. I had unplugged RK from the first time the allegations cropped up years ago. I saw the clip on TV and it puzzled me because I had heard that she was bad mouthing him which suggests they do not have a relation ship.

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  • Topic Influencer

    She sure did. And yes. She was Ariiraye til a year or two ago.

  • none yubiz

    Generations?...Tuh...they finna be rich people broke next year!

  • Logan Roberts

    Drea is the grown version of the girls Kellz preyed on: low self esteem, a need to feel loved & important & in her case not hot.

  • Yup, I said it

    I'm gonna criticize someone who protects a pedophile and abuser. Save that meme for the next Wendy Williams or Future post. Its doesn't apply to this.

  • none yubiz

    Lauryn Hill aint write Lost Ones?

  • hi-liter

    ?.....I mean....on one hand, I understand she doesn’t wanna talk about him, But on the other hand, she IS on that show because she is the Daughter of RK....soooo....to me it’s like...”If you ain’t got a lighter, what the fukkk you smoking for”.....

  • http://www.kanzahsays.com ThatNigerianGirl

    Why do they have that weird smile?

  • MNjumpoffacliff

    I shant be watching no matter what

  • Renee26

    He's not even a hip hop artist SMH

  • Renee26

    Neva have and neva will

  • Marlika

    Drea ugly ass acts like it was 10+ years ?

  • Passion

    Enough when the baby hair!

  • ?? Kari ?????????

    Odd! She’s there because of who her father is or was. I hope she doesn’t think it’s because of who she is!!

  • red

    Sorry but this is whack. Kells stuff is about to get serious why would Drea put her daughters in a position to play this out publicly. Whack parenting.

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  • Kimberly King

    Chile. It looks odd to see women with perms in their head try to create baby hair. I’m natural and my hair naturally does this.

    Anyway, this is a bad decision on so many levels. Their mom is quite thirsty.

  • Tee Tee

    Let Drea tell it her kids didn't grow up hip hop they lived like the people under the stairs with bodyguards sliding their trays underneath the door while they used buckets to p*ss and sh*t in.
    Drea and her kids need to go away!
    Drea needs to go to jail right along with her ex huzzzzband for her part in sex trafficking and pedophilia because she was right there in the dungeon sleeping with underage girls as well.

  • Tee Tee

    R Kelly is not and never will be broke. He has written for too many artists and those artists aren't being muted. R Kelly is playing stupid but trust he is a very Intelligent man. He will forever receive a check from the Space Jam movie as the hit song I Believe I Can Fly is the theme of the whole movie. That's why I think they are going for Michael Jackson's music. R Kelly wrote You Are Not Alone another hit and a plethora of other hits.
    Writers will always receive royalties which is why Kandi has ALWAYS had money even when she wasn't singing and dropping albums.
    Don't believe the hype that man just has his money hidden in someone else's name.

  • CaramelDream

    Why can't black women ever support other black women? No instead you support a predator of black women . . . sad. And ya'll wonder why victims don't come forward.

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  • Dainese

    Her name is Buku. She no longer goes by Joann.

  • Dainese

    They put it on everything. Like parsley.

  • Dreamer

    25th ?

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  • YellowSauce

    Good Luck with that .... Lil Momma tried not to talk about the jay z fiasco but low and behold some tactless ol' biddy still asked .... People don't have class or discretion anymore and they think your business is everybody's business UNTIL you shut them down .... those 2 will never go anywhere where people know them and won't ask what happened .... like I said good luck with that ...

  • Nita Pie

    Then whats her purpose of going on the show? THey wasnt checking for her before all this came out

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