R. Kelly’s ex-girlfriend, Azriel Clary, is using her newfound freedom to help others — and make music.
TMZ has learned about the next steps Azriel plans to take as she recovers from what she claims was a dysfunctional and abusive relationship with R. Kelly — and one the first things she wants to dive into includes working with non-profit organizations that help protect young people.
The org is called Team Truth, and we’re told it’s run by her dad. It aims to educate minors and their families about types of abuse and how to escape it. Our sources say Azriel finds the cause near and dear to her heart, so she wants to take it up full force.
There’s more though … we’re told Azriel also wants to focus her efforts on women of color specifically. She’s planning on starting her own foundation dedicated to helping abused women take back control of their lives … much like she’s doing right now.
Speaking of that, we’re told Azriel has even more in the works as far as reclaiming her independence and aspirations. She was working toward becoming a recording artist before getting with R. Kelly, and sources say she’s pivoting back into that direction.
In fact, we’re told she even has a YouTube series in the pipeline called “On the Run with Azriel,” which will infuse her music career and her philanthropic efforts in one project.
As we told you, Azriel is already working with the feds in their cases against R. Kelly — this despite death threats. She’s also been doing interviews lately, which we’re told she sees as a form of therapy and ultimately helpful in getting past her trauma.
Looks like she’s gonna continue down that road of stepping up and speaking out instead of shying away in the aftermath.
At the end of the day, we made this girl a household name because of her association with her abuser. If she wants to use her platform to help others and explore some creative passions — we’re all for it.