‘Surviving R. Kelly‘ was explosive when it came out, and while it bolstered the confidence of a lot of women to come forward with accounts of the alleged abuse meted out to them, there have been many voices supporting R. Kelly. One of them has been his girlfriend Joycelyn Savage.
Joycelyn Savage: How Did She Meet R. Kelly and Where Is She Now?
Joycelyn Savage met Kelly at a concert when she was 19, and the singer allegedly promised to make her the next Aaliyah. Although her parents believed that Joycelyn was being mentally and physically abused by Kelly, she denied any such thing, even on the Gayle King interview. Nonetheless, the parents have also alleged that Kelly has given Joycelyn herpes and Chlamydia.
Despite initially siding with Kelly, Joycelyn came out with a tell-all on Patreon. According to her posts there, Kelly made her call him ‘Master’ or ‘Daddy’. He urinated on her, forcing her to swallow it. If she threw up, the urine turned to feces. Joycelyn also, apparently, went through two abortions after being impregnated by Kelly.
While this tell-all would have been potentially explosive, the live-in girlfriend recanted, saying that she was not behind the online account at Patreon. She commented to TMZ “Please do not believe what you see and hear on social media. That is not my Instagram. Someone is impersonating me. I’m not even that kind of girl that would do something like that and betray him. I’ve been through so much with him and we have a bond that is so special that no one ever can break.”
Patreon, too, could not verify who was actually behind the account and released an official statement, saying, “After multiple unsuccessful attempts to verify the identity of the account holder, we closed the Patreon page allegedly associated with Joycelyn Savage due to potential impersonation. All patrons who signed up for the membership page were refunded and the creator did not receive any funds.”
While this entire fiasco unfolded in December 2019, Kelly’s lawyer, Steve Greenberg commented that both Azriel and Joycelyn were on Kelly’s side as of August 2019. They also took his Pomeranian, Believe, for walks. In fact, the girls also flew to New York to support the singer who appeared in court there. Joycelyn still seems to be living in Kelly’s Chicago home, and as per TMZ, now that Kelly is behind bars, his girlfriends can visit him. Joycelyn backed this up saying that the two communicate daily. Notably, Kelly faces trial in 2020.