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R. Kelly's ex-wife, Drea Kelly and her daughter Abi recent sat down with a UK television show to speak about the controversy surrounding R. Kelly.

Speaking to Piers Morgan and Susanna Ried on Good Morning Britain on Monday, the pair described their conflict with the recent movement to bring the disgraced singer down.

"It's devastating at heart because I wear two hats. I sit here not only as a survivor but also as the mother of his children," Drea, who was married to R. Kelly from 1996 to 2009, told them.

"I don't think people have a clear understanding that we're dealing with two people here. There's R. Kelly the persona and then there's Robert the person. Myself and my daughter, we're connected to Robert the person. So it is very personal, him being my ex-husband and the father of my children." 

She also revealed why she decided to speak out during the "Surviving R. Kelly" series:

"I can only speak to my truth and my truth is what I survived—he was abusive to me verbally, emotionally, physically, sexually and as we stand today, he's financially abusing me. He stopped paying child support when I came forward in June of 2018." 

His 21-year-old daughter, Abi also spoke about her feelings surrounding her infamous father:

"It's very painful to see that all of these people are now being affected and have been affected by somebody who I do care about and have a very strenuous relationship with.

"I never came out and said what I said to make people feel like I hate him or I'm bashing him because that's not it. But if my father's a toxic person then unfortunately we have to love him from a distance. There's no love lost but I just had to separate myself."

Watch the interview with ITV below.