Savage's parents have claimed that Kelly had brainwashed their daughter into staying with him
Savage is one of Kelly’s “girlfriends” and has been estranged from her family since 2017. Her parents have accused the singer of keeping her against her will and brainwashing her into staying with him.
After Kelly’s interview aired on CBS This Morning earlier today, Savage contacted her parents for the first time since 2017. In a video of the phone call, she could be heard saying: “I have told you guys a million, million times that I am OK where I am and I’m happy, so I just want to let you know that.”
When her sisters told her they loved her, she replied: “I love you too.” She then asked for her parents to come back on the phone and repeated her earlier statement.
In a press conference held before Savage made the phone call, her 18-year-old sister Jailyn said: “She would have called home by now. She would have called my mom, my dad, my little sister. I know for a fact that my sister is not OK. R. Kelly is mentally destroying her. I just want her home. He has put a lot of things in her head that makes her think the world is out to get her.”
Speaking to Rolling Stone, lawyer Gerald Griggs, who represents the Savage family, said: “We are glad to finally hear from Joycelyn today. After speaking with her little sister, Joycelyn paused from the seemingly prepared script and was able to share her love for her family. We hope that today was the first step to re-establishing a loving relationship with her family.”
Savage’s family and their attempts to contact their daughter were featured in the recent docuseries Surviving R Kelly.
Kelly denied the accusations of sexual abuse that have been made against him in today’s interview. “Whether they’re old rumours, new rumours, future rumours – not true,” he said.