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R. Kelly’s daughter, Buku Abi, was reportedly forced to drop out of college after her father stopped paying the tuition, TMZ reports.

Buku, born Joann Lee, reportedly attended an art school in California. She was unable to enroll in courses after being informed about the unpaid bills. Buku claims this was one of the first steps Kelly made in cutting her off financially. He also allegedly stopped paying the rent for her college apartment and school books.

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Kelly claims he stopped paying her school fees because he thought she dropped out. His crisis manager, Darrell Johnson, said the R&B star was willing to pay, but never received the proper documentation to prove his daughter was still enrolled at the college, Complex reports. According to his child support agreement with ex-wife Andrea Kelly, the singer must pay his children’s college expenses until they turn 23.



Johnson said Kelly is willing to fulfill his legal obligations once he receives proof that the money is being used for her schooling.

Meanwhile, Kelly just paid $62,000 of his back support in order to avoid jail time. He still owes his ex more than $20,000.

Buku has been very vocal about the strained relationship with her father in the wake of Lifetime’s “Surviving R. Kelly” docuseries. She previously called him a “monster” in a lengthy post on social media back in January.

“I just want you all to understand that devastated is an understatement for all that I feel currently,” she wrote. “I do apologize if my silence to all that is happening comes off as careless. That is my Last intention. I pray for all the families & women who have been affected by my father’s action. Trust, I have been deeply affected by all of this. It has been very difficult to process it all. Let alone gather all the right words to express everything I feel.”

Buku also confirmed that neither she nor her siblings or mother have spoken or had any interaction with R. Kelly in years.





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5 thoughts on “Report: R. Kelly’s Daughter Had To Drop Out Of School When He Didn’t Pay Her Tuition

  1. Passing Through!! on said:

    Yes, your dad is a POS so go get a loan like every other struggling college student. If the money comes through you can always pay back the loan. She better learn to become independent really quick because if R Kelly is found guilty there won’t be any money after his victims rake him over the coals.

  2. She has no contact with him, yet wants him to pay her tuition. Ephesians 6:1 states what a child need to do concerning their parents because at the end of the day R Kelly is her father. Now as an adult, she in need of him more than he in need of her. Karma

  3. jose on said:

    before nko what of the mother…cant she pay.

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  4. Ted Gravely on said:

    Only a black man would have to continue to fund a 23 year old woman. Since the mother had her, why didn’t she help the daughter get better grades and win a scholarship? Why doesn’t the mother have enough money to sustain her until R can sort out his finances. The shame of this is that R’s Family is not better off than when he was a nobody. They have pissed away the money and scrambling for scraps.

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