Jaya Kelly is a fast-growing American musician widely recognized as the son of Andrea Kelly and R. Kelly.
Jaya’s father, R. Kelly, is a famous American R&B, soul & hip-hop singer and songwriter currently charged with different degrees of sex offenses for which he is liable to about 30 years imprisonment. His, Andrea, is an American choreographer, film actress, and dancer.
In this article, I’d share facts about Jaya Kelly and everything else there’s to know about him. But before I do that, let’s take a quick look at his profile summary.
|24 years old
|R. Kelly and Andrea Kelly (nee Lee)
|Robert Kelly Jr.
|Aunt and Uncles
|Theresa Kelly, Carey Kelly, and Bruce Kelly
|Hair and Eye Colors
|Singing and songwriting
|Date of Gender Transition
|$300,000 – $500,000
Jaya Kelly Biography
Jaya Lee Kelly was born female in 2000 in the United States of America to his parents, American choreographer Andrea Kelly (nee Lee) and singer R. Kelly. He is originally a native of the South Side of Chicago, Illinois, U.S., and the second child of his parents’ three children. He also goes by Jaah Baby or Jay Kelly. His parents finalized their divorce in 2009 when he was nine.
Jay has an older sister named JoAnn Kelly – born in 1998, 26 years old, and named after their grandmother. Robert Kelly Jr. (born in 2002; 22 years old) is the name of his younger brother, respectively.
Jay Kelly’s grandmother, Joanne, died from cancer in 1993. Theresa Kelley is given as Jaya’s paternal aunt, while Carey Kelly and Bruce Kelly are the names of his uncles. Luscious is given as the name of his paternal step-grandfather.
Being “born in a female body” but identified as a male from an early age, he revealed to Paper Mag that he wore boy’s clothes to school and often got bullied by his classmates. Currently, he has completed his transition and is now a transgender male.
How tall is Jaya Kelly? Jaya is five feet five inches tall (1.6 meters – 167 centimeters). He weighs 55 kilograms, equivalent to 121 pounds. For his education, he has completed his preschool and high school, where he learned to play clarinet, piano, and trumpet during his school years.
Jaya currently resides in Atlanta, Georgia State, U.S.
Jaya Kelly Career
Jaya Kelly started his career at 13 under Jaah Baby (JaahBaby). In 2014, he released his debut single titled “Reservoir.” The song is a mix of hip-hop and techno and is available to stream on SoundCloud. In October 2019, he released his second single titled “Focus.” Other songs he has released include;
- Interlude 1
- Lost it
- Fall Into
- No Regards ft Kyd Taurian
- Stalling ft Kel
Jaya Kelly Gender Transition, Girlfriend
Before he came out, Jaya said he knew he was “born in the wrong body” and was bullied or trying to fit in. He later came out as a transgender male in June 2014 when he was 14 years old. And revealed that he found out that he was male at the age of either six or seven during a question-and-answer session on his Ask.fm account to his supporters.
Speaking about his family’s response to his coming out, Jaya said;
“I came out through a text to my mum and then I told her when I got more comfortable. I told her because I knew she would love me no matter what, she has not once judged me in life. She always told me that she loved me and to be who I truly am. And same with my sister, she told me that she was proud of me, and respects me by calling me handsome and calling me her little brother now, and I love her for that, so you know it was great for me. I believe I am a boy and want surgery, and the medication to help me (be) who I was supposed to be.”
In reply to his coming-out text message to his mom, Jaya Kelly’s mother, Andrea Kelly, texted him back saying;
“You know I love you if you were bi, homosexual, lesbian, you name it and I would still love you so much.”
R. Kelly however has not accepted the decision his child made to come out as trans. During an interview with Chicago’s WCGI interviewer, he said,
‘You don’t really wanna open it up by saying my daughter is becoming my son,’
‘Always believe what you see with your own eyes that is. Always believe what you see. That is the best way to go about this business.
Jaya has completed his surgery and taken all the necessary medications prescribed to him.
About his relationship, he once said he was interested in a lady but didn’t reveal much about that. Also, he is not as socially (internet) accessible as he probably used to be.
Jaya Kelly’s Parents’ Marriage, Divorce
Before Jaya Kelly’s parent’s marriage, his mom, Andrea Kelly 50 years old, who goes by the stage name Drea, was R. Kelly’s backup dancer.
R. Kelly and Andrea Kelly married at a private wedding party held in Colorado, U.S., in 1996. At the time of their marriage, Jaya’s father was 29 years old, while his mother was 22 years old.
Less than a decade after their marriage, Andrea filed for a divorce in 2006 after a restraining order against R. Kelly in September 2005, claiming that R. Kelly assaulted her when she told him she wanted a divorce.
In January 2009, the divorce was finalized, with Jaah’s parents signing a non-disclosure agreement (NDA), so Andrea was given an undisclosed amount of money for alimony.
A few years after she divorced Kelly, Andrea Kelly got into a relationship with R&B singer Brian McKee (36 years old) and married him in 2014. Less than a year after their marriage, they divorced. She divorced him on hearing scores of his extramarital affairs two months into the marriage. After her relationship with Brian, she has not had any known romantic relationship history.
In a 2018 interview with The View, Jaya Kelly’s mother, Andrea, revealed that she survived physical, verbal, and mental abuse when she was with R. Kelly and almost committed suicide. Describing what her torture was like, she said he assaulted her in the back of his Hummer, and at some point, he “hogtied” her in bed, raped her, and even fell asleep while she was still tied.
Andrea decided to speak up after many years of getting away from her abuser to help other victims of domestic violence.
Jaya Kelly’s Father’s Rape and Child Pornography Accusation
Jaya Kelly’s father R. Kelly was born Robert Sylvester Kelly born on January 8, 1967 (57 years old) at Chicago Lying-In Hospital, now the University of Chicago Medical Center, on the South Side of Chicago, Illinois, U.S. He started his musical 1989 at the age of 22. However, his career came to an end on February 22, 2019, after he was apprehended and charged with different counts of crimes.
Currently, his criminal status is incarcerated at MCC Chicago in Chicago, Illinois (BOP awaiting assignment to federal prison 09627-035). On February 23, 2023, he was sentenced to 30 years of imprisonment at Chicago court. His crimes are sexual exploitation of a child, racketeering, bribery, sex trafficking, enticing a child, producing child pornography (2022), and violation of the Mann Act (2021). He was tried in the Eastern District of New York in 2021 and again in the Northern District of Illinois in 2022.
In response to his father’s crimes and accusations, Jaya released a diss track calling out his father, in 2019.
Jaya Kelly’s Net worth
Jaya Kelly has an estimated net worth between $300,000 and $500,000. He earns his income from his music on SoundCloud.
His father, R. Kelly, had a net worth estimated to be $100 million at the time of his apprehension. Since he’d be in prison for thirty years, at which point he would be 85 years old at the time of his release in 2053, Jaya, his two siblings, and his mother very likely have a go at his fortune and net worth as it stands. Jaah’s mother, Andrea Kelly, has an estimated net worth of between $5 million and $20 million.
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