Star faces a hefty tax bill, which dates back as far as 2005

R Kelly owes almost $5 million dollars in unpaid taxes, it was revealed yesterday (June 14).

The singer, whose real name is Robert Kelly, owes the Internal Revenue Service around $4.8 million (£3.1 million) in unpaid taxes, which date back as far as 2005.

According to Billboard, the singer owes the money despite making substantial payments on back taxes in 2008 and 2011. He handed over a whopping $2.6 million (£1.7 million) in 2008 and a further $1 million (£640,000) last year.

A spokesman for the singer, who has already seen his Chicago mansion submitted for foreclosure, has yet to comment on the allegations.

R Kelly announced earlier this year that he will release his new album ‘Write Me Back’ later this month.

The LP is the 11th of Kelly’s career and is the follow-up to 2010’s ‘Love Letter’. You can hear new track ‘Feelin’ Single’ by scrolling down to the bottom of the page and clicking.

The album, which will also contain recent single ‘Share My Love’, will come out on June 26 and each physical purchase of the record will come with a postcard for fans to actually write back to R Kelly.

As well as the release of ‘Write Me Back’, Kelly will put out his memoirs Soula Coaster: The Diary Of Me in the summer and is also working on his acclaimed ‘hip-hopera’ Trapped In The Closet, which he says he has written 32 new chapters for. He also said that he was looking for investors to help fund recording for the project.

Also, Kelly will embark a Love Letter Cruise in October this year. He will take off on the five-day Caribbean jaunt next year – with tickets ranging in price from $999 (£645) to $2,999 (£1,930) – with onboard entertainment set to include gigs, salsa lessons and fashion shows.