“By no means am I a monster,” singer R. Kelly told Gayle King in an interview that aired on CBS This Morning, Wednesday, March 6th. According to Kelly, who has been accused of sexual and physical abuse and holding women in his home against their will, every single person who appeared in the Lifetime docuseries Surviving R. Kellyincluding his ex-wife, former employees, and parents of the alleged victims—lied. What began as a tense conversation between King and Kelly ended in Kelly having a total on-camera meltdown—and King handled it with the utmost composure and professionalism.

And in an interview with O Magazine, where King serves as editor-at-large, she revealed what she was thinking during those tense—and potentially scary—moments.

She continued, “So what I was really thinking to myself was: I’m not done with this interview, so I’m going to let him have his moment. If I stood up even to comfort him, that could have been his invitation to say ‘This is over.’ So I didn’t interrupt his anger and let him have that. I just knew that I was never in danger. I did worry at some points that he might accidentally hit me, because he was so angry that he was flailing. But I knew that I wasn’t in any real danger. I just kept thinking ‘Okay, Robert, go ahead’ and that’s what I said.”

And the people of the internet are all about King’s cool and collected demeanor.


Back in the studio, King told her co-anchors that it wouldn’t have done any good if they both had gotten hysterical. And we’re giving her so many kudos (because, to be honest, we don’t know if we could have remained calm).

Women’s History Month is off to an empowering start. Watch the entire interview here.