R. Kelly Publicly Speaks For First Time After Throat Surgery

UPDATE #3: Kellz releases a video clip thanking fans for the support and assuring he'll be recovered in no time.

R. Kelly is in the hospital this morning after having emergency surgery on his throat yesterday. According to MyFoxChicago.com (via FSD), the Chicago, Illinois crooner entered the hospital for the procedure, though there is no further information regarding his current condition.

Kellz recently wrapped up a 46-day U.S. tour with Keyshia Cole and Marsha Ambrosius. Last week, he tweeted that he was having trouble with his throat and wasn’t feeling well, explaining that he felt like “my throat is coming back” and that he was in bed “sweating like crazy.”

I refuse to take another cup of theraflu! I feel like my throat is coming back. I've been in bed sweating like crazy. Thanks guys!less than a minute ago via UberSocial for BlackBerry Favorite Retweet Reply

UPDATE: In a press release, representatives for R. Kelly explained that he was rushed to the hospital to drain an abscess on one of his tonsils.

"R&B superstar R. Kelly will be laid up for an indefinite amount of time after undergoing an emergency procedure at Northwestern Memorial Hospital yesterday to drain an abscess on one of his tonsils," read the release. "Kelly had visited a throat specialist earlier in the day complaining of severe throat pain. Following a preliminary exam, he was rushed to Northwestern Memorial for the procedure. It is not known when the multiplatinum recording star, who just completed the U.S. leg of his worldwide Love Letter Tour, will be able to resume performing."

[July 20]

UPDATE #2: According to Billboard.com, R. Kelly has been released from Northwestern Memorial Hospital today after undergoing emergency surgery on Tuesday. It is currently unclear if he will be able to resume touring and performing in the near future.

[July 21]

UPDATE #3: R. Kelly has spoken out for the first time since his emergency throat surgery, assuring fans that he's on the road to recovery and will be back performing soon.

"Yo what’s up, y’all, it’s your boy Kellz, fresh out the hospital. Just want to say thanks to my fans for supporting me. I want to say thanks to all the prayer warriors out there for supporting me," he says.

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  • MIA F. PALMER

    I WILL ALWAYS LOVE YOU ROBERT S. KELLY .YOU ARE WHO YOU ARE THROUGH THE GRACE OF GOD . GIVE HIM ALL THE GLORY .WHICH I KNOW YOU HAVE AND ALWAYS WILL . YOU ARE A SUPERDOOPERTROOPER. '''A SOLDIERS HEART IS SPENDID . ALL OF YOUR PIECES (SONGS) ARE HEARTFELT . KEEP DOING WHAT YOU DO WHEN YOU DO IT. I LOVE YOU ALWAYS MIA FRANCINE PALMER OF BRIDGETON, NEW JERSEY. I LOVE YOU AS A HUMAN BEING AND A MAN OF GOD. WE ARE ALL GOD'S CHILDREN. YOU HAVE BEEN SO VERY BLESSED. I LOVE ALL THAT YOU DO AND WHO YOU HAVE BECOME. GOD BE THE GLORY.YOU ARE A SPECIAL PART OF MY LIFE .YOU HAVE A BEAUTIFUL SOUL. KEEP UP ALL THAT YOU HAVE BEEN BLESSED WITH YOU ARE LOVED BY MANY . TRUE,REAL,EXPERIENCED,SPECIAL,FUNNY,GOOD BLESSED , I COULD GO ON. YOU KNOW WHO YOU ARE AND WHO YOU'VE BECOME . I AM THANKFUL THAT YOU EXIST. WITH YOUR GRACIOUS HEART. LOVE YOU FOR THAT. SO MANY OF PEOPLE JUST ADORE YOU , ME BEING ONE OF THEM . STAY STRONG AND I KNOW YOUR NEXT ALBUM WILL BE EXTRORDINARY AS USUAL.YOUR OTHER NUMBER ONE FAN. MIA F. PALMER.

  • MIA F. PALMER

    I DONT CARE ABOUT THE PEOPLE THAT DO NOT LIKE YOU OR YOUR MUSIC R.KELLY .YOU EVEN HAVE A NICE NAME . IT ROLLS OFF YOUR YOUR TONGUE WITH GRACE. GOD TOOK YOU THROUGH THE THINGS YOU WERE SUPPOSE TO GO THROUGH..AND YOU CAME OUT JUST FINE . KNOWING AND BELIEVING IN HIM THAT YOU WOULD BE FORGIVEN. STAY STRONG MY BROTHA'. YOU KNOW WHO MADE YOU AND WHERE YOU GET YOUR BLESSING FROM . THE HATERS WILL NOT FLY , THEY ARE TOO HEAVY .'' THE DEPTH OF YOUR STRUGGLES WILL DETERMINE THE HEIGHT OF YOUR SUCCESS''' . YOU HAVE COME OVER AND BEYOND THAT . YOU HAVE PROVEN THAT TO BE TRUE TIME AND TIME AND TIME AGAIN. I LOVE YOU SO MUCH ROBERT. S. KELLY. TO GOD BE THE GLORY. ALWAYS BE BLESSED

  • MIA F. PALMER

    R. KELLY . I KNOW YOU HAVE COME ALONG WAY IN YOUR LIFE AND CAREER. I AM JUST OVER JOYED ABOUT ALL THAT YOU HAVE ACCOMPLISHED. YOUR LIFES MUSIC IS ASSTOUNDING AND UNFORGETTABLE.YOU MENTIONED THAT YOU DONT WRITE SONGS ,YOU WRITE LIFE . THAT IS WHY WE CAN RELATE SO WELL . YOU ARE AN AMAZING PERSON ,IN EVERY SENSE OF THE WORD. I FELL IN LOVE AT THE VERY SOUND OF YOUR VOICE. I CAN FEEL EVERY, EVERY WORD THAT COMES OUT OF YOUR MOUTH. IT IS SO BEAUTIFUL. IT MAKES MY HEART CRY WITH HAPPINESS ITS ALMOST UNBELIEVABLE THAT THIS COULD EVEN EXSIST. IT'S AMAZING . YOU ARE DEFINETLY A GOD SEND . GOD HAS BLESSED YOU INTO BECOMING THE SPECIAL , TALENTED, WONDERFUL,AND AMAZING PERSON THAT YOU ARE . I JUST LOVE YOU FOR WHO YOU ARE ROBERT S. KELLY. YOU ARE SOOOO LOVED. YOUR LIFE (SONG)PIECE '''LOOKING FOR LOVE IN ALL THE WRONG PLACES'' ALL'WOW THAT SONG MAKES ME CRY EVERY TIME I LISTEN TO IT. MOST OF YOUR LIFE (SONGS)JUST LETS ME PHYSICALLY, SPIRITUALLY, AND EMOTIONALLY FEEL IT , I MEAN I CAN FEEL IT. THAT IS WANT YOU WANTED FOR YOU FANS TO FEEL IT . I GOT IT.YOU DONT HAVE IT UNTIL YOU CAN FEEL IT . THAT IS WHAT I SAY. I DEFINETLY LOVE YOU AND EVERYTHING ABOUT YOU AND ALL THAT YOU HAVE DONE . YOU ARE SUCH AN INSPIRATION. KEEP LEANING TOWARDS THE GOOD AND POSITIVE IN YOUR LIFE. YOU ARE TRULY BLESSED MY BROTHA' . YOU HAVE GIVEN US SOMETHING TO ALWAYS ADMIRE AND LOVE. I LOVE YOU MR. ROBERT S. KELLY .YOU DESERVE ALL THE HAPPINESS THAT GOD HAS FOR YOU . YOUR OTHER NUMBER ONE FAN MIA F. PALMER

  • Anonymous

    ROBERT S. KELLY MY PRAYERS GO OUT TO YOU. YOUR MUSIC TOUCHES THE VERY DEPTH OF MY SOUL. HEARING IT MAKES ME SMILE , LAUGH AND CRY . ITS ALMOST LIKE I HAVE EXPERIENCED THE VERY THING YOU SING ABOUT.IT MAKES MY HEART CRY AND SMILE AT THE SAME TIME LOVE IT , LOVE IT, LOVE IT .ALWAYS READY TO HEAR WHAT YOU HAVE IN STORE FOR US NEXT.LOVE YOU AND ALL THAT YOU DO.YOUR OTHER BIGGEST FAN . MIA F. PALMER

  • Dave

    @misselle38,HomelessDad,trainerbarry you guyz sure know how to hate but let me tell y'all asses somtin hes the king of r&b certifed by American Billboard as the most successful hit maker for the past twenty five years,World known as the King..So i guez you guyz should go hug a transformer if you don't like him.....BITCHES

  • Anonymous

    Oh shiiiit I forgot this nigga was still alive. Irrelevant as fuck.

  • Anonymous

    you white knights are starting to sound like that fat bitch from that one episode of The Boondocks. News Reporter: Why do you support R. Kelly? Fat, Loudmouth Bitch: CUZ HE GOOD! FLB's Son: Here Mama FLB: NIGGA, GET THAT CARROT AWAY FROM ME!

  • Amenda Green

    I love The Interracial Rom-ance! It is so nice. My boyfriend and i both think so. He is black, lol. I know him via (HotBlackWhite* CO M)- a nice place for black white singles, to interact with each other... no bounds or extremes in front of true love. Check it out or tell your friends.still providing us with great songss okay

  • Amenda Green

    I love The Interracial Rom-ance! It is so nice. My boyfriend and i both think so. He is black, lol. I know him via (HotBlackWhite..C0M)- a nice place for black white singles, to interact with each other... no bounds or extremes in front of true love. Check it out or tell your friends.still providing us with great songss okay

  • Amenda Green

    I love The Interracial Rom-ance! It is so nice. My boyfriend and i both think so. He is black, lol. I know him via (HotBlackWhite.C0M)- a nice place for black white singles, to interact with each other... no bounds or extremes in front of true love. Check it out or tell your friends.still providing us with great songss

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  • lakey

    cant be eating any female pussy bruh haha

  • KJ

    fuck these haterss get well soon kellz still providing us with great songss

  • Don

    Fuck all of you bitches disrespecting the King of R&B! But I guarantee your bum asses would be all on his dick if you ever encountered him in person. Probably would even slip him your shitty demo CD. Dummies!

  • Ace #ambition

    Fuck all ya'll bitch ass haterz, Kells is a legend. I wish the man a complete recovery. This is one of our greatest voices in music and yet ya'll point fingers...look at your own flaws first before you judge. I bet if he died today, all ya'll groupies would hop on the R. Kelly bandwagon.

  • Eman Ruoy

    ¨it’s your boy Kellz¨ BOY??! Who is he trying to fool, the man is 44 YEARS OLD!!!

  • Eman Ruoy

    'it’s your boy Kellz' BOY??! Who is he trying to fool, the man is 44 YEARS OLD!!!

  • Eman Ruoy

    "it’s your boy Kellz" BOY??! Who is he trying to fool, the man is 44 YEARS OLD!!!

  • God

    My comment was directed to that trash PDot.

  • God

    N*gga,took at your life! You're sitting behind a computer ASSUMING how a celebrity's life and psychological state is based off what you read. You never met the man or spoke to him yet you're passing judgement. Again, look at your life and choices!

    • God

      @PDot LOL! Only an idiot took his comment about 19 year old's seriously. Let me guess, you think he was serious about "Trapped in the Closet" too, right? LMFAOOO!

    • PDot

      I take a look at my life in retrospect on regular basis to make sure I put forth the best effort not to repeat mistakes. I don't need to meet him or speak to him. I not passing judgement on him either. That cat has to answer for his transgressions. I said the man is talented, hell a musical genius even, but sexual contact with minors is an issue and the "Pied Piper" clearly hasn't come to grips with it; nor has he taken advantage of opportunities to distance himself from the image! I looked at this dude's interview and when asked if he liked teenagers, as opposed to clearing himself the dude answers something along the lines of 19 year olds! Anybody who cares knows that it was an opportunity to distance himself from that negative perception. Listen man... don't get so emotional about this shit! It is what it is... people posting their opinions, so pipe down!!! You may want to switch names... to call yourself God you seem to be operating on limited knowledge. Peace Sun!

  • Believe Dat..

    This is the result of performing at thousands of shows & licking thousands of teenage twat.

  • Anonymous

    wuts with all the stupid comments smh

  • PDot

    Bottom line is the cat is sick... pissing on anyone and bangingout youngsters is unacceptable. He's a talented dude, but I'm sorry to say this nigga is an absolute waste off human skin and organs. Somebody hack him up and get him on a donors list ASAP!!! And for the record that niggas not sweating up in the bed due to the surgery... he's going through withdrawal of not being able to bus stop pimp at the middle school! Sick bastard...smh

  • Matt Tompkins

    He sounds like Jeezy :/

  • Medical Billing Services

    I hope he gets well soon, I know what its like to be in bed sweating

  • Daniel

    I regret name calling the King of R&B everyone! I admit that I'm an idiot for comparing the King of R&B to a dictator that systematically killed millions upon millions of people. I'm also an idiot for wasting my time hating on someone better than me.

  • Valentine

    It seems like the Haters wish that it had happened to them.. Well I for one wish that it was me caught on tape with R.Kelly there would be no telling what I would have been doing with him and to him. My kind of man SO SO SEXY There is a little of this in all of us but most people hide there freeky side. I love R.Kelly and I sure would love to ffff him to death.

  • Lynn Green

    I love The Interracial Rom-ance! It is so nice. My boyfriend and I both think so. He is black, lol. I know him via (HotBlackWhite.)(C0M)---a nice place for black white singles, to interact with each other... no bounds or extremes in front of true love. Check it out or tell your friends.

  • Anonymous

    took to much nigger dick down the throat now the nigger will pay lmao

  • smellybum

    ALL THE PUNKS WHO STILL LISTEN TO WILLIAM ARE STILL LISTENING TO THIS GUY AND SAYING TO THEMSELFS. IT DOESN'T MATTER HE MAKE GREAT MUSIC. PEOPLE LIKE YOU WILL GO TO HELL FOR SUPPORTING A MAN PROMOTING SELLING DRUGS AND BEING A GANGSTER WHEN HE NEVER DID ANY OF IT HIMSELF AND SUPPORTING A CHILD MOLESTER WHO ALSO GOT AALIYAH PREGNANT WHEN SHE WAS 15. OH MY GOD. HAVE A NICE TIME IN HELL. SAY HI TO THE DEVIL.

  • Thandi

    R. Kelly, get well soon, may God be with you we love u!!!!

  • whowho

    I bet he has his face in some little girl ass right now.

  • HRH

    CNN just stated that he had gotten a throat infection from eating a 15 year old HIV positive female on her period. "Nobody has to know..."

  • daniel

    fuck R Kelly.. reminder to all child-molestor supporters.. R Kelly didn't just piss on her, he also fucked, had anal sex and got head from this 1 girl that was caught on tape. from what i've heard she wasn't the only one... and if youre dumb enough to believe she was god help your brain and common sense... aaliyah was a red flag of who he truly is. yes he is a talented musician but hitler was also a talented painter. i'm not saying that hitler and kellz are equal, but theyre in the same category of crossing that uncrossable line. if r kelly would simply aplogize and humble himself i would honestly forgive him. but he threw it in our face by calling himself the piped piper of rnb. for all of you who don't know the original piped piper story depicted a man who lured the children away from their german homes never to return...

  • Chris

    Funny how most can use the word pedophile but cant spell it. Kill yourselves, thats a fail, just saying. He pissed on a girl, not the right thing to do but where were her parents? Had he pissed on a grown woman or had she not been underage this wouldnt be a problem. To top it off it happened like 10yrs ago. If u dont like homie stfu and don't listen to his music and dont read articles containing him because the other people, who dont give a fu@k because there are other much more important things to worry about in life, would like to read an article without the hate and bs from you internet trolls

  • Nas Gcwabe

    y'all just fucking stupid, get well Kellz... Jesus, these men think like kids!!!!!

  • Guest

    Why are people talking shit. He is a Pedafile and don't forget about the Aaliyah shit aswell. People doing the same shit they did with William. Oh it doesn't matter about his past he makes great music. Fuck off. If you support Pedafiles and rappers who promote being drug dealers and gangsta shit but never did any of it themselfs then you fucking stupid and have no idea what's going on. YE I SAID IT BITCH . . WHAT . .

  • Anonymous

    a lot of haters here. People hating on r kelly have probably bought albums from rappers who have done worse shit than he was accused of. www.youtube.com/watch?v=aCHB4GCyufE

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  • pori

    LOL! I think someone peed on Daniel. Anyway, get well soon R. Kelly!

  • G'

    @daniel...I didn't co-sign anything, internet troll. I merely pointed out the ridicolous nature of your comparsion. Too bad you chose to ignore that fact...anyways, I never said I supported R. Kelly, I merely thought your post were just one more example of why this site and the internet are helping to dumb down the world. I don't know how anyone allowed you to use a keyboard with that illogical babble you are spewing. It must make you feel all proud and hyped to post on here...like the rest of the internet no-names in the world. Live in your bubble, I wouldn't be surprised if you were caught peepin' game on a 16 year old....

  • whowho

    EATIN' ALL THAT KIDDIE ASS!!

  • BGG

    from eatin all that 10 yr old cooch

  • G'

    in no way do I agree with pissing on a teen...but we did get a few funny Chapelle skits out of it...and that girl more than likely made a killing in the civil trial....her and her family WHO HAD TO HAVE KNOWN THEIR KID WAS OUT WITH R. KELLY. Slap yourself, parents

  • G'

    LOL at comparing some of the worst killers in world history to a guy who pissed on a teenager...in most countries he'd be given a pat on the back. Girls develop faster; thus, can look and act older than they are. Kells may not have known she was underage....even then, your comparsions of R. Kelly to the likes of Mason and Hitler show you need your internet license revoked.

    • Anonymous

      the girl was 13 and he didn't co sign

    • Daniel

      wow you actually admitted to co-signing a child molester. wow if he pissed on your 13 y/o daughter you would give hime a pass.. and worst, youre dumb enough to think he only did this once, to only one girl.. wow!!!!!!!!!! blind follower best describes you.. and also pervert

  • daniel

    @ehhh youre an emotional follower that doesnt have a backbone you fucking coward. so you co-sign child molesters. word of advice bitch.. if you ever get locked up i dare you to say you support r kelly. i bet you won't... you need a heart to pussy transplant. because youre a coward.. you like kids gettin pissed obviously bitch.. i guess you like jeffrey dahmer and other sick fucks you pathetic poor excuse for a human. youre a fucking waste of sperm and i bet your mothers pussy is poisoned after giving birth to your bitch ass ha ha

  • realtalk

    @daniel you wishing death on people. i hope the death you wish on R Kelly don't turn around on you and hit someone in your family.

    • Daniel

      @real Talk.. everybody dies someday dumb ass. but people who commit serious crimes and don't humble themselves deserve to die sooner than others.. i will give your peanut brain a few examples.. hitler, osama bin laden, charles manson.. u emotional piece of shit

    • Daniel

      All of you who support R Kelly are co-signing a child molester. Youre fucking perverts and followers.

  • Jason

    Get well R. im out here in LA i just did love letter on the karaoke stage and ripped that shit. i wanna do taxi cab but no one has it yet. love the new album!!!! its soo smooth and reminds me of MJ.

  • daniel

    i hope this clown dies. he has never humbled himself after clearly hooking up with a number of underaged girls. im not a hater. i was a fan before he became the piped piper / aka chester the molester

    • BlazeDatIshUp

      Yep he's mos def a hater... After reading his comment 50 cent's song 'many men' came to mind, cuz folks are wishing death of R. Kelly... I'm sure most if not all of these other rappers and singers have fucked underaged girls too, since they will lie to get them to screw em, they cry rape or some other shit when shit is over... I'm not saying it's right(not saying he did all the ish either), just saying he aint the only one, so if folks are gonna hate they should check to make sure they and their fav singer or rapper are innocent b4 casting stones....

    • Ehhh

      No, you're a hater. A pathetic, low-life one at that! Fuck off!

  • Anonymous

    i wish him to recover from whatever he might have ... ... but damn ! karma is a bitch !

    • lolll

      Karma? So I guess when ever you get sick it's karma too. LMAO! I swear people can be so fucking stupid!

  • Duke Waldow

    get well soon KELLS!!! 1 luv

  • Beyond Therapy

    If you stop drinking the urine of underage girls you wont have throat problems

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