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R. Kelly Reportedly Wrote Michael Jackson’s “You Are Not Alone” About A Teenager Who Miscarried His Child

Lifetime’s ‘Surviving R. Kelly’ documentary revealed the disturbing details.

Michael Jackson’s 13th and final No. 1 hit in the US during his lifetime was 1995’s “You Are Not Alone,” penned by R&B star R. Kelly. It holds the distinction of being the first song to debut at the top of the Billboard Hot 100 chart, but its lyrics may hide a dark secret. In the premiere of Lifetime’s Surviving R. Kelly documentary on Thursday night, a woman named Lizzette Martinez revealed that Kelly wrote the song about their abusive relationship when she was just a teenager.

According to Martinez, she met R. Kelly at a mall when she was just 17 years old, and became pregnant with his child while she was a senior in high school. Martinez suffered a miscarriage soon after, and said that Kelly wrote the song about her losing the baby. “When he wrote it, he was thinking of me,” she said.

The song, which addresses dealing with loss, contains some lyrics that seem to allude to the death of a child:

Just the other night
I thought I heard you cry
Asking me to come
And hold you in my arms

Other parts of the track speak to the end of a relationship:

Every day I sit and ask myself
How did love slip away
Something whispers in my ear and says
That you are not alone
I am here with you
Though you’re far away
I am here to stay

Kelly previously told The Billboard Book Of No. 1 Hits that he penned the song for Jackson after being contacted by the pop star’s management. “I went into the studio and wrote a song right away, custom made for him,” he said.

Kelly later covered the song as a hidden bonus track on his 2010 album, Love Letter, while Diana Ross recorded a version for her 1996 project, Voice of Love.

Claims of Kelly having sexual relationships with underage women have been around since the mid-‘90s. He infamously wed a then-15-year-old Aaliyah in 1994, and was tried (and acquitted) in 2008 on child porn charges after a tape of Kelly allegedly having sex with a 14-year-old girl was delivered anonymously to The Chicago Sun-Times. Revelations about the inspiration behind “You Are Not Alone,” however, are new.

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