Following the revelation that she was abused for years by her ex-husband R. Kelly, Andrea Kelly is now opening up to ABC News’ Linsey Davis on tonight’s edition of Nightline about her tumultuous relationship with the singer — including the moment when she realized she was a victim of domestic violence.
Andrea says that after a series of altercations between her and Kelly, she reached a breaking point in which she almost tried to end her life.
“The only thing that kept me…first God, but my kids. ‘Cause I remember I climbed out on the balcony and I looked down and it was, like, God had helped me to see my body was layin’ in blood,” she said. “Then in the background I hear my kids go, ‘Mama. Mama. Why did Mama jump? Why did she leave us?'”
During her vision, Kelly says she remembers being told to “get [her] laptop… and type in domestic violence.”
“I go to their web page and there’s a survey,” she continues. “I take the survey, and of the 17 things on the list, Robert had already done 15. And it just dawned, I was like, ‘Wait.'”
She said before that moment, she had not considered herself a victim of domestic violence.
“And the more I said yes, the more I would replay things in my mind. The things he’s done,” she added. “The things he’s said. The sexual abuse. The physical abuse. The emotional abuse. The financial abuse. And I was like, ‘No. This is you. You’re that girl.'”
R. Kelly and Andrea married in 1996, and divorced in 2009. They have three children.
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