R Kelly cancels his ‘Love Letter Cruise’ in row over fee

Singer apologises after he pulls out of the November boat trip

R Kelly has cancelled his appearance on the Love Letter Cruise, which was scheduled for October.

The controversial singer was due to take off on the five-day Caribbean jaunt next year and play two shows while onboard. However, he has now pulled out after a row with the cruise’s organiser over his fee.

According to US gossip website TMZ, a representative for the ‘Trapped In The Closet’ crooner said: “R Kelly had been looking forward to the cruise and was ready, willing and able to perform for fans. He is sorry for any disappointment but plans to see his fans very soon on a U.S. tour.”

Concerts Cruise has since sent an email to customers informing them of the cancellation and saying they will “handle all applicable refunds at point of purchase.”

Tickets for the cruise tickets ranged in price from $999 (£645) to $2,999 (£1,930) with guests promised on-board entertainment that included gigs, salsa lessons and fashion shows.

R Kelly released his new album ‘Write Me Back’ earlier this summer. 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 singer 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.