Learn all about R. Kelly’s three children, all of whom he has a complicated relationship with due to his history of criminal sexual abuse.
R. Kelly, 54, is currently facing decades in prison after being found guilty of sex trafficking and racketeering charges on Sept. 27. The “I Believe I Can Fly” singer was convicted by a federal jury in Brooklyn for his crimes, which were infamously detailed in the 2019 Lifetime documentary Surviving R. Kelly. He will be sentenced to prison on May 4, 2022, and thus will be leaving behind his three children, Joann Kelly, 23, Jay Kelly, 21, and Robert Kelly Jr., 19. Kelly shares all of his children with ex-wife Andrea “Drea” Kelly, 47, whom he was married to from 1996 to 2009.
As expected, R. Kelly has a complicated relationship with his children due to his sex crimes. Drea has accused the singer of abusing her emotionally and physically while they were married, and after Kelly was convicted in Brooklyn, she told Good Morning Britain that her “heart breaks” for her and Kelly’s kids. “This is now the legacy that my children will have to deal with and their children’s children,” she said. “At the end of the day, you cannot walk away from your blood line. I have the ability to separate and distance myself from it, but his blood runs through my children’s veins and it’s part of their DNA and they couldn’t escape it even if they wanted to. So it’s very difficult for me to sit in that position.”
Below, everything to know about R. Kelly’s three children, including what they’ve publicly said about their father’s widely-publicized sex crimes.
R. Kelly’s eldest child is daughter Joann Kelly, who was born on March 19, 1998. Joann is a singer, just like her dad, and goes by the name Buku Abi. In November 2020, Joann reportedly revealed to her fans that she had suffered a miscarriage the month prior.
Several months after the release of Surviving R. Kelly, Joann spoke to the Associated Press in a rare interview about her father’s crimes, and shared that she is fully estranged from him. “I don’t let that be a part of my every day (life),” she said in the interview. “(We) don’t have a relationship, so it’s not like me to check in on him. I don’t personally go look it all up and read. I keep myself out of it.” Joann also called being R. Kelly’s daughter “a double-edged sword,” and that it affects her role in the music industry. “I definitely run across challenges — people wanting to work with me to spite him or people not wanting to work with me just because of who he is,” she said. “I’ve definitely come across turmoil … being judged for really no reason at all, just based off associations. I’ve been pushing through it.”
Jay Kelly is the middle child of R. Kelly and Drea. Jay was actually born a female and originally named Jaya by his parents, but in 2014, when Jay was 13, he reavelaed he was transgender. However, R. Kelly did not support Jay’s transition. The R&B star told WGCI afterwards, “You don’t really wanna open it up by saying my daughter is becoming my son, because if that were true… Don’t even give the blogs that kind of credit. You know what I’m saying? Real talk.” Jay also addressed his father’s lack of support at the time on the Q&A website ask.fm. When asked “You mad your dad knows?”, Jay simply responded with: “Nope.” He also confirmed that his mom refers to him as a boy, and said he ignores questions about his famous father “most of the time” and doesn’t think of himself as a celebrity.
Like his sister, Jay has followed in R. Kelly’s footsteps and pursued music. He releases music under the name JaahBaby, and dropped his first single, “Reservoir,” back in 2014. His most recent single was “Focus” in October 2019. He teased on his Instagram in July 2021 that an album would be coming soon.
Robert Kelly Jr.
R. Kelly’s youngest child with his ex is son Robert Kelly Jr. He was born in 2002 under very difficult circumstances for Drea, who at the time was dealing with abuse at the hands of R. Kelly. “I was under so much stress that when I went to the OBGYN they couldn’t find his heartbeat,” she said in the Surviving R. Kelly doc, per Heavy.com. Drea also recalled that when she arrived at the emergency room, she learned the doctors had to induce labor right away in order for Robert Jr. to survive. “I went through the labor and I just remember falling so in love with little Rob because he came here so strong,” she said during the doc. “I was in that much stress.”
Robert Jr. keeps a much lower profile than his older siblings, and he hasn’t spoken publicly about his dad’s crimes. However, Drea has said before that none of her kids — Robert Jr. included — speak to the R&B singer. “He has no relationship with his children now. He doesn’t call them, he changed his phone number. We don’t have that phone number,” Drea said in Jan. 2019 on The Bert Show.
Toy Story 5: What We Know About The Next Pixar Sequel
The beloved ‘Toy Story’ franchise may continue with a fifth movie, and we have all the updates and information about Pixar’s potential film right here.
Is there anyone that doesn’t love the Toy Story franchise? The Pixar animated films have truly been beloved ever since Toy Story 1 came out back in 1995. The franchise follows a diverse group of alive toys — including Tim Allen‘s Buzz Lightyear and Tom Hanks‘ Sheriff Woody — that are owned by Andy Davis (John Morris) and embark on some wild adventures. The franchise, which was created by John Lasseter, Pete Doctor, Andrew Stanton, and Joe Ranft, has spawned three sequel films, Toy Story 2 (1999), Toy Story 3 (2010), and Toy Story 4 (2019). All four films have been critically acclaimed and huge box office hits. Plus, the movies been nominated for 12 Oscars total, winning 4.
Most of Toy Story‘s success is due to its iconic lineup of characters. Aside from Buzz and Woody, the films feature Mr. Potato Head (Don Rickles), Mrs. Potato Head (Estelle Harris), Slinky Dog (Jim Varney and then Blake Clark), Hamm (John Ratzenberger), Rex (Wallace Shawn), Bo Peep (Annie Potts), Jessie (Joan Cusack), and more. Other notable toy characters include Forky (Tony Hale), Wheezy (Joe Ranft), Ken (Michael Keaton), Barbie (Jodi Benson), and Stinky Pete (Kelsey Grammer).
Aside from four movies, the Toy Story franchise has also expanded to a few spinoff movies and shows, including the 2019 Disney+ series Forky Asks a Question. A spinoff movie called Lightyear, with Chris Evans voicing Buzz, will premiere on Disney+ in 2022. But what fans most want to see is Toy Story 5. So will it happen? We’ve rounded up everything to know about a possible fifth film in the Toy Story franchise.
What do we know about Toy Story 5?
So far, Pixar/Disney has not actually confirmed Toy Story 5 is happening. But considering it has only been two years since Toy Story 4 came out, a fifth film is absolutely a possibility. After all, Pixar has been putting out hit movies like Onward, Soul, and Luca lately, while Turning Red and Lightyear are coming out in 2022. So when Pixar’s release schedule slows down, it’s likely they’ll turn their attention towards Toy Story 5.
Before the fourth film came out in 2019, Tom Hanks said on The Ellen DeGeneres Show that it would be his last time voicing Woody. “We were saying goodbye to Woody and Buzz…and it was emotional,” he said. That obviously saddened fans — but producer Mark Nielsen hinted at a fifth movie during Pixar’s press day for Toy Story 4. He said, “Every film we make, we treat it like it’s the first and the last film we’re ever going to make, so you force yourself to make it hold up. You don’t get in over your skis. Whether there’s another one? I don’t know. If there is, it’s tomorrow’s problem.” Tim Allen then gave fans even more hope for Toy Story 5 when he confirmed in an interview in 2019 that he’d voice Buzz again for round 5. “Once you’ve gotten to four, you’re passed that trilogy [point], so I don’t see any reason why they wouldn’t do it, certainly. If you ask me, I’d say do five,” he said, according to Cinemablend.
What can we expect from a potential Toy Story 5?
If Toy Story 5 holds true to the franchise, it will be a joyous film. It’ll be safe to assume that Tom and Tim would be back as Woody and Buzz, respectively, if the movie gets a green light. Pixar/Disney would also likely try to get the rest of the voice actors behind the franchise’s other iconic characters. The most recent Toy Story movie was directed by Josh Cooley, whose work earned the Oscar for Best Animated Feature in 2020. If Josh is back, we can expect another remarkable result.
So when would Toy Story 5 come out? It’s hard to say, but definitely not 2022. Pixar has already announced it’s two projects (Turning Red and Lightyear) for that year. The film studio has also confirmed that three untitled movies will be released across 2023 and 2024, and it’s unlikely any of them are Toy Story 5. The film’s month release could really go either way, as well, considering the first two movies came out in November, while the next two dropped in June. All in all, we probably have a few years to go until we get Toy Story 5. But that doesn’t mean our anticipation will be fading! Buzz and Woody, we look forward to (hopefully) seeing you again.
Hailey Mia: 5 Things To Know About The 13-Year-Old Powerhouse On ‘The Voice
Hailey Mia is back for the Knockouts on ‘The Voice’ — this time on a new team! Here’s what you need to know about the singer who is just 13 years old!
Hailey Mia is one of the standout youngsters competing on The Voice season 21. She is only 13 years old and will be singing in the Knockouts. Hailey is being paired against The Cunningham Sisters for her Knockout performance.
So, who is Hailey Mia? The coaches have all had their eye on Hailey! From her journey on The Voice so far to her past surgery, here’s what you need to know about Hailey.
1. Hailey is now a part of Team Kelly.
Hailey’s blind audition featured a stellar performance of Tate McRae’s “You Broke Me First.” Kelly Clarkson and Ariana Grande both turned their chairs for Hailey, and the singer ended up choosing Ariana as her coach. During the Battles, Hailey ended up being stolen by Kelly!
2. She had surgery on her eye.
When Hailey was 8 years old, Hailey had surgery to correct the “deteriorating vision in her right eye,” according to her NBC bio. Since the surgery, Hailey has regained over 30 percent of her vision. She went on to teach herself how to read music and play the piano.
3. Hailey is the youngest contestant on the show!
At just 13, Hailey is the youngest contestant ever on The Voice. Levi Watkins and The Voice season 14 winner Brynn Cartelli were 14 years old when they auditioned. After her blind audition, Hailey admitted that she has always wanted to audition for the show. “I’ve been waiting ’til I turned 13 to be on this show, and I’m so honored to be here,” she said.
4. She is from New Jersey.
Hailey is from Clifton, New Jersey. Back in 2020, she posted a video of herself performing “Bruises” by Lewis Capaldi outside the Willowbrook Mall in Wayne, New Jersey.
5. Hailey is on Instagram.
Hailey first posted on Instagram in 2019. She shared a video of herself performing Kelly’s song “Piece by Piece!” Since then, Hailey has amassed over 20,000 Instagram followers.
Tim Burton & Helena Bonham Carter’s Rarely Seen Kids Billy Ray, 18, & Nell, 13, Attend Film Screening
The ‘Corpse Bride’ director’s children joined him on the red carpet at the Rome Film Festival, for a tribute to Tim Burton.
Tim Burton was a proud dad, as he posed on the red carpet with his son Billy Ray, 18, and daughter Nell, 13, at the Rome Film Fest on Saturday October 23. The 63-year-old director and his little ones were attending a “Close Encounters” salute to his films at the Italian movie festival. The director seemed very happy as he stood with both of his kids (plus their dog!) around his arms.
Fitting to the director’s dark style of filmmaking, Tim and the kids were all dressed in black. The Dumbo director rocked a suit with a black and blue patterned shirt underneath, along with his huge pair of glasses. Billy also wore a black suit and held up the family dog Levi for an adorable red carpet bonus. Nell gave off total Wednesday Addams vibes with her old-fashioned-styled black dress with a white collar, and a pair of elevated black, platform boots. She also held a large white purse on the red carpet.
Tim shares Billy Ray and Nell with his ex Helena Bonham Carter, whom he was with from 2001 until 2014. Billy was named after both Tim’s father William, and Helena’s dad Raymond. Nell was named “after all the Helens in the family,” The Crown actress told The Jewish Journal in 2008, via People. Tim’s relationship with the Fight Club actress was probably his most well-known, as the two worked together on a number of projects including Sweeney Todd, Planet of the Apes, Corpse Bride, and other movies. The Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children director had been married to German artist Lena Gieseke from 1987 to 1991. He also dated Lisa Marie, whom he collaborated with on his movies Ed Wood, Sleepy Hollow, and Mars Attack! Prior to getting together with Tim, Helena had dated English actor Kenneth Branagh for about five years, before they split up in 1999.