R. Kelly Thinks Bill Cosby Is Innocent, and Other WTF Moments From His GQ Interview
At six o’clock this morning, while most of the world was still asleep, GQ shared an intimate interview with R. Kelly that sought to ask all the hard questions.
As you can imagine, it didn’t take long for things to get weird. Here are 9 of our favorite moments:
When R. Kelly grew up, he wanted to be like the Sears Tower:
“I wanted to feel tall. I wanted to be somebody… I wanted to be as strong as the Sears Tower feels.”
He says he and Aaliyah were so close because they were both Capricorns:
“She’s a Capricorn, I’m a Capricorn, my momma a Capricorn, her daddy’s a Capricorn, you know. It was just so much in common with each other.”
And that even though they got married when she was 15 and he was 27, they were really just best friends.
“There’s a lot of ways to be in love with a person. I was in love with my grandfather, you know. But yeah, I would say I was in love with Aaliyah just like I was in love with anybody else. But in a different, friend type of way.”
He seems to genuinely believe his fans don’t think he was guilty of the whole golden-shower-with-a-minor thing:
I think everyone thinks that it was you.
“Even the ones that buy my albums?”
“And sell out my shows and buy the tickets?”
“So what do you think they think about that?”
And just to set the record straight, he isn’t into golden showers:
Well, to ask the embarrassing question—to give you a chance to clarify something—and this wouldn’t be illegal, but is that something you like as part of sex?
In no circumstances?
Sometimes, he sleeps in a closet:
“First of all, it’s a pretty big closet. There’s a few reasons. The way the sunlight comes through the window, when I wake I don’t like it. I like pitch-black, because I sleep well when it’s just pitch-black. I leave my phones outside of the closet, and once I get in that closet I feel like no one in the world has any idea that I am in this closet right now. And that gives me a peace of mind, to know that no one knows where I’m at right now. ‘I bet you they can’t find me here.’ So it’s that kind of thought.”
He dreams about being shot and swallowing telephone cords:
“I’ve had dreams of heights — you know, very afraid of high heights, especially when it comes to flying and things like that. I’ve had dreams of being raped by women. I’ve had dreams about being cornered by things—I don’t know what it is in front of me but I felt cornered. And I’ve had dreams where I’d wake up and think I’m cool but I’m still in the dream. I’ve had dreams about swallowing telephone cords — pulling ’em out and the cord never really ended type dreams. Wake up coughing. I dream about my mother an awful lot — I see her body but can’t see her face, and then I wake up very frustrated about that. I have dreams about being chased and shot at all the time.”
He thinks he acted a lot like Bill Cosby while his kids were young:
“Which is why, when my kids were born, I was Bill Cosby in the house. You know, the good one. You know, let’s be clear there: how we saw Bill Cosby when we were coming up.”
And speaking of Bill Cosby, he’s pretty sure the man is innocent:
“If God showed me that they were telling the truth, I would say that’s wrong. I don’t care if it was a zillion years ago. But God would have to do that, because God is the only one can show me that. No man can tell me that. No woman can tell me that. And when you wait 70 years, 50 years, 40 years, to say something that simple, it’s strange. You know why I say that is because it happened to me, and it wasn’t true.”
All in all, it makes for one hell of a interview. Read the full thing here and don’t say we didn’t warn you.