R. Kelly‘s ex-wife claims she has been a victim on social media.
Andrea Kelly hit back at critics in a lengthy statement on Sunday, saying for the last month she has been the target of online vitriol after she spoke out about the alleged abuse she experienced during their 13-year marriage.
“To the ones that come on my page to spew venom and #victimshame you are by far the biggest supporter of my abuser,” Andrea said on Instagram, without naming her ex-husband.
“By you shaming me and any other victims you’re helping the abuser accomplish their task of belittling, intimidating, and discounting all the abuse they’ve put the #victim and #victims through!” she continued. “I almost allowed you and your hate to overshadow all the love and support I receive. But you will not stop me from saving lives and giving hope to those who are where I was.”
Andrea concluded, “For years I was fearful to come forward with my FULL truth. You trolls pass judgment and say that I never spoke of it before now but clearly you have not been following me or my journey if you look on my Instagram you see where I HAVE POSTED several times about being a survivor of domestic violence.”
Reps for the R&B singer have denied any accusations, including those made by Andrea, previously telling PEOPLE in a statement that he “has close friendships with a number of women who are strong, independent, happy, well cared for and free to come and go as they please.”
“We deny the many dark descriptions put forth by instigators and liars who have their own agenda for seeking profit and fame,” a rep said. “All of the women targeted by the current media onslaught are legal adults of sound mind and body, with their own free will. Law enforcement officials in Atlanta and Chicago previously have made ‘wellness’ visits to check on the women in question and have found everything to be safe and sound.”
If you or someone you know think they are being abused, call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-7233 (SAFE) or 1-800-787-3224 (TTY) now for anonymous, confidential help, available 24/7.