By Dana Flax
In what is probably the 18th or 19th most shocking revelation to be made about R. Kelly, R. himself recently confessed to a Chicago crowd that he can't read ... all that well.
"I don't even read really and I'm not afraid to say that," he told the audience at the Midwest Music Festival, adding, "My cousins and brothers used to tease me, 'You can't even read right. How you think you're going to come up?'"
Mind you, R. Kelly is one of the most ubiquitous songwriters in contemporary R&B (Whitney Houston even sings some of her beloved Robert's songs on her new album!), which makes his lack of reading skills somewhat odd and ironic. Still, we guess the freakish ability to make lots of eminently smooth music doesn't always translate to a strong grasp on the basic fundamentals of primary education.
"The only reason I graduated from grammar school is because I had a great jump shot," Kelly confessed.
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He continues, "I went to high school and [my teacher] told me, 'You will be one of the greatest writers of all time.' I believed. You [have to] believe it. You can't believe [anything] if you're hating. You can't achieve [anything] if you're hating."
So reading isn't really fundamental, writing is best judged by gold records, and hating will leave you trapped in a closet of failure. By R., we think we've got it!
But seriously, you should stay in school.