R. Kelly returned to Chicago to help his high school mentor save her Chicago home. Photo taken at the premier of “Trapped in the Closet: Chapters 13-22” in 2007. (Creative Commons)

R. Kelly’s ex-wife has spoken out about his recent conviction on sex trafficking and other crimes, stating that she feels sorry for his victims.

“My heart definitely goes out to the survivors and the courage that it takes to even come forward and tell the story,” Drea Kelly said this week on “Good Morning Britain.” “But my heart breaks as a mother, because this is now the legacy that my [three] children will have to deal with and their children’s children.”

Kelly was found guilty Monday in New York City on all nine charges in his racketeering and sex trafficking trial. He faces the possibility of life in prison when he is sentenced in May.

Drea Kelly also shared in the interview how “sad” it was that it took so long to bring her ex-husband to justice.

“I’ve always said if any of his victims were blonde and blue-eyed it wouldn’t have taken this long,” she said. “Women of color tend to be lowest on the totem pole when it comes to subjects of domestic violence and sexual abuse.

“I sit in a very difficult place because unlike the rest of his victims, I also share children with him, I was married to him, so I wear two hats,” she said. “I wear the hat of a survivor and an advocate, but I also wear the hat of a mother and an ex-wife. So, it’s very difficult for me.”

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