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R. Kelly's Daughter Can't Go Back To College Because He Stopped Paying Tuition + Kelly's Ex-Andrea Kelly Receives $62K In Back Child Support

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R. Kelly's daughter Joann Kelly can no longer attend college since Kelly stopped paying tuition. Meanwhile, his ex-wife Andrea Kelly just received $62,000 in back child support. More inside...

Looks like R. Kelly's daughter Joann Kelly has come to a crossroad in her college career. The daughter of the Grammy Award winning artist claims she can no longer attend college because her pops stopped paying tuition.

Joann Kelly, aka Buka Abi, was reportedly attending an art school in California up until last fall. When she tried to enroll in classes for the next semester, she was denied because her tuition hadn't been paid.

According to TMZ, Kelly was ordered to pay for Joann's college tuition until she turns 23, but she claims he cut her off and since the bill is unpaid, she was forced to drop out. It's alleged he also stopped paying for the apartment she was living in while enrolled in school. She eventually had to move out and pay for her own books since he stopped paying for those as well.

Kelly's camp is singing a different tune. They claim Kelly didn't know she was enrolled because she didn't send him the paperwork to prove she was still in school. Since he supposedly didn't know, he didn't pay. The site reports:

Kelly's Crisis Manager, Darrell Johnson, tells us ... Kelly's requirement to pay for her education is predicated on him receiving billing statements and proof of expenses ... and he claims he never got them.

Kelly allegedly believed Joann chose to drop out of school and that's why he stopped getting bills. Johnson says Drea never produced any documentation or proof that Joann got kicked out of school either.

Our sources say Joann wants to return to college and will be seeking financial support from her father. Whether or not he's got the money is another story.


While Joann figures out how she's going to attend school again, her mom scored a mini victory in court recently.

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R. Kelly has coughed up over $40,000 in child support to avoid jail time...again.

According to his attorney Lisa Damico, Kelly appeared in Chicago court Tuesday afternoon and paid $41,666 to cover June and July's child support payments to his ex-wife, Andrea Kelly. He still owes $32,000 in interest, but Kelly's crisis manager Darrell Johnson tells TMZ he's not paying it. "At no point in the foreseen future do we see paying interest of child support," he said. "As of May 14, 2019 Mr. Kelly is current on support payments."


The "I Believe I Can Fly" singer reportedly handed Andrea Kelly a cashier's check for more than $62,000 to cover back child support. Kelly made the payment during his court hearing last week.

The $62,499.70 check covers the months of March, April and May for the three children he shares with Andrea Kelly, according to the Chicago Sun-Times.

He still reportedly owes an additional $32,000 in interest on child support, the Chicago Sun-Times reported. During the hearing, Kelly learned Andrea Kelly is requesting extra funds to cover one of their child’s secondary education expenses, likely Joann's college tuition.

“This is a victory for my children,” Drea Kelly told reporters after the hearing. “I will fight for my children till the end.”

He's still ordered to pay Drea Kelly $20,000/month in child support.

Kelly's relationship with his daughter Joann is nothing short of strained. Amid the "Surviving R. Kelly" controversy, Joann spoke out, calling her dad a "monster." Not long after that, Kelly hopped on social media and posted a video of himself singing "Happy Birthday" for her 21st birthday. R. Kelly was brought up on 10 aggravated sexual abuse charges and he has plead not guilty.

By the way, Andrea Kelly and her kids will be starring on the upcoming season of "Growing Up Hip Hop: Atlanta."

Photos: AP Photo/Matt Marton/Joann's IG/Getty


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