“In the back of our minds, we were thinking she could be around him if I was with her,” she continued. “It didn’t really hit home. Even with the Aaliyah situation, now that I think about it, ‘Age Ain’t Nothing But a Number,’ but you don’t think about that. You grew up with the song, and you like the song.”
Two years after the fact, the parents realized that Kelly may not have had their daughter’s best interest at heart. Per BuzzFeed, “As part of their efforts, the mother closed her businesses, became a relentless amateur detective, and shared her findings with the FBI and police in two states. But their daughter isn’t a missing person — at least not in the eyes of the law. She still lives with Kelly and says she’s doing fine, despite her parents telling the police that she is ‘being held against her will’ in what they call a ‘cult.'”
The story really took flight after former friends of Kelly revealed troublesome things about the famed singer’s lifestyle, backing up J. and Tim’s claims.
According to some within his then-inner circle — Cheryl Mack, Kitti Jones, and Asante McGee — the 50-year-old singer was running an “abusive cult” of young women.
The women involved were said to live in Kelly’s rental properties in Chicago and Atlanta. More than that, the “Ignition” crooner was said to control when the women sleep, eat and bathe alongside what they ear and how they dress. Allegedly, they weren’t allowed to use their phones or go to the bathroom without his permission. They were also said to be disallowed to make any contact with their family without his okay. He was also said to dictate “how they engage in sexual encounters that he records.”
“It was as if she was brainwashed. She looked like a prisoner… it was horrible… I hugged her and hugged her. But she just kept saying she’s in love and he is the one who cares for her,” the mom went on.
“I don’t know what to do. I hope that if I get her back, I can get her treatment for victims of cults. They can reprogram her. But I wish I could have stopped it from happening,” the mother added. She then shared that the last time she had seen her child was 2016 and that she had only heard from her twice over the span of a year.
Not too long after the event, the alleged victim took to social media to dispute her parents’ claims, swiping their validity away from them.
Then-21-year-old Joycelyn Savage sat down with TMZ, saying, “I am in a happy place with my life.” “I’m not being brainwashed or anything like that. It just came to a point where it definitely has gotten out of hand. So, you know, I just want everyone to know I’m totally fine. I’m happy where I’m at and everything is okay with me,” she added.
She was then asked by a TMZ staff member if she’s being held against her will.“Oh no. Not at all,” she responded.
Next, the young women was asked why she thought her parents were pushing such a negative story in the media.