R. Kelly may be the self-proclaimed Pied Piper of R&B but history shows that many promising crooners have followed in his footsteps, both on and off-wax.
In a new interview with The Guardian, the 46-year-old singer discussed his Black Panties album, which hit stores today (Dec. 10), his previous divorce and being addicted to sex. The conversation teetered out of the bedroom and more into the spotlight as Kells also talked about keeping the focus on the positive despite his public shortcomings (i.e. a case include 14 counts of child pornography that he beat in 2008).
When it came to empathizing with his younger counterpart Chris Brown, Robert said he never felt sorry for him.
"I only feel sorry for weak people," he says. "And mostly what I've come to find is that the weak people are the ones that are the haters. The ones that's talking about Chris Brown, or R Kelly, or anybody that's successful? I feel sorry for them, not Chris Brown, because he's obviously one strong individual to be able to do what he's done. He got knocked down a little bit and he climbed up. You know, that sounds like Ali to me. That sounds like Martin Luther King to me. That sounds like a lot of the greats that have walked this earth. It even sounds a little bit like Jesus to me."
He continues, "I'm not saying that Chris Brown is Jesus or R Kelly is Jesus. But Jesus is the No 1 inspirer of someone being knocked down and rising again."
Read the full eye-opening interview here.