R. Kelly inspired by “The Notebook” in divorcing his wife
Singer-songwriter R. Kelly claims that the Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams’ movie “The Notebook” was the culprit behind his ruined marriage.
According to media outlet TMZ, 45-year-old R. Kelly finalized his divorce from his wife of 12 years, Andrea Lee Kelly in 2009. In his new memoir named “Soulacoaster: The Diary of Me,” R. Kelly revealed that “The Notebook” gave him realizations that his marriage was not bound to last.
“As the film credits started to roll, I couldn’t move. I burst into tears. People walking past me patted me on the back, trying to console me. ‘The Notebook’ was beautiful, and I was crying because its hero and heroine had died together,” the singer wrote in the memoir. “But I was also crying because I remembered a Valentine’s Day — when a helicopter dropped a rainfall of roses — that had come and gone … My marriage had died. And there was nothing I could do to bring it back.”
R. Kelly and Andrea Lee Kelly first met back in 1994 when Andrea auditioned as a backup dancer for the singer. The former couple tied the knot in 1996 and had three children over the course of their 12-year marriage. However, the relationship of the two suffered far more than just an unsuccessful romance — despite the claims of R. Kelly that “The Notebook” inspired him.
According to the reports of MTV News, Kelly wrote that Andrea was not happy with having to put on hold her dance career to be a full-time, stay-at-home mother. There have even been more serious claims of domestic violence.
Back in 2005, Andrea Lee Kelly filed for an emergency protective order to keep R. Kelly away from her because of claims that the singer is physically abusing his wife. However, Andrea revoked the protective order just weeks later. The couple decided to file for divorce in 2006, but they were still trying to fix things and make the relationship work, according to People magazine.