Whenever R. Kelly is trending on social media, it's typically for nothing good. This time, another one of his relationships has been thrust into the spotlight and is under scrutiny.
As many people know, R. Kelly has had a fondness for young girls. Since his "secret" marriage to a teenage Aaliyah, and the infamous videos reportedly depicting him urinating on a 15-year-old, Kelly, in real life, shouldn't be allowed within 100 yards of a playground. But since he apparently lives in a world of his own and can't find any women not in their teens to date, he's now allegedly cavorting with 19-year-old Halle Calhoun.
Sure, some may say a 19-year-old is grown, but when it comes to Kelly, it's not grown enough.
Last year during a HuffPost Live interview, Kelly was questioned about his proclivities regarding teenagers. Host Caroline Modarressy-Tehrani spoke about fans who are torn between liking his music and yet realizing that his preferences are still an issue.
“What do you say to fans that are conflicted?” Modarressy-Tehrani asked Kelly.
“So we can curse on this TV show?" he replied. "I say, ‘[F—k] that.’ I say a lot of fans around the world support R. Kelly.”
“When you think about R. Kelly, people find it very difficult to not think about the multiple lawsuits and allegations about sexual assault,” Modarressy-Tehrani continued.
“Since you’re the one who brought it up, I’ll say to you, since I don’t hear it from anyone else. [F–k] that. I’m a man that believes what I see. And everywhere I go, from malls to restaurants, overseas and back, everywhere I’ve been, I get nothing but love. Now, unless all of those people are tricking me and acting … like it’s a surprise, I’m going to believe what I see,” Kelly continued.
Kelly then refused to talk about the subject of young girls, and stressed that he was there to discuss "positivity."
“Let me do my job,” Modarressy-Tehrani told Kelly. “People are conflicted. I’m reading some of the tweets here.”
“I didn’t come here for negative; I came here for positive,” Kelly stated.
Well, one thing's certain: The fact that an almost 50-year-old man with his history continues to surround himself with young girls only proves that he has a problem. And he's not the only one to take issue with.
Even as a 19-year-old, Calhoun should know his history. Everyone knows his story. She should also realize, as someone barely entering adulthood, that there's not much she could possibly have in common with a 49-year-old, or vice versa. One has to wonder what her parents think, or whether it is all about the celebrity status and money.
Either way, if you're close to 50 and still seeking out people young enough to be your daughters, seek help.