R. Kelly Moves on From Legal Woes
August 30, 2005

R. Kelly's dramatic performance on this week's MTV Video Music Awards had everyone talking. But before the music star gave it up on stage, he was talking only to "Extra." And you better believe the controversial R&B hit maker had plenty to say about his chart-topping "Trapped in the Closet," a five-part urban operetta of lust, revenge and betrayal.

"It's a lot of fun to do something like this because all of these characters are in my head," R. Kelly explained. "And I don't know what or how to get them out other than on the track. Everyone kept saying to me, ‘It doesn't have a hook,' and I was like, ‘The story's the hook!' Now I'm up to like 25 chapters with this thing."

Life is good these days for R. Kelly. His "TP.3 Reloaded" album has gone platinum, despite his highly-publicized legal woes.

"You've got to keep your head up," R. Kelly said. "We're all going to go through things, but you can't let what you're going through take you down."

And there's no doubt the fans have helped R. Kelly weather the storm. "I want you all to know I love you all," he said.

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