July 13th, 2011
03:58 PM ET

R. Kelly facing foreclosure on Chicago house

He's had a successful career as a singer/songwriter, but is R. Kelly having some difficulty paying his bills?

CNN has confirmed the "I Believe I Can Fly" artist has been named in a $2.9-million foreclosure suit involving his property in Olympia Fields, Illinois.

According to CNN affiliate WBBM CBS 2 Chicago, 11,140 square feet mansion which features six full bathrooms, seven half-baths, and a four-car garage was built 11 years ago.

The station cites a report by Crain's Chicago Real Estate Daily that the singer, whose full name is Robert Sylvester Kelly, has not made a payment on the home since June of last year.

J. P. Morgan Chase Bank N.A. filed the suit against the R & B singer last month in Cook County Circuit Court. A source told Crain's that Kelly has not lived in the home for more than a year.

It is the latest in legal woes that have dogged Kelly.

He was indicted in 2002 on charges of producing child pornography after a videotape surfaced that allegedly showed him having sex with an underage girl. He was later acquitted of those charges in 2008.

Last month, TMZ reported that an ex-manager of Kelly's filed suit against him for allegedly refusing to pay him more than $1 million in commissions. The former manager alleges the money was instead used by Kelly to settle with those who had accused the singer of sexual misconduct.

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  1. Brareregena

    you will like clearance coach purses , for special offer

    February 3, 2012 at 11:15 am | Report abuse |
  2. tosin

    well, people get into trouble but God is always give solution. I pray R Kelly will get over his storm as he said in one of his ever green song storm is over. I love R Kelly, keep
    doing good.

    October 15, 2011 at 3:39 pm | Report abuse |
  3. belinda

    Leave the maN alone. only god caN judge R kelly is very talented I luv his music and for yall 2 sit here Nd put him down take a look at urselves what do yall have? Its obvious no life I caN c. I stand behiNd u all the way R kelly u r #1 keep up the good work.

    October 4, 2011 at 8:39 am | Report abuse |
  4. Chokax

    I luv d man (robert shyverster kelly)

    September 11, 2011 at 5:11 am | Report abuse |
  5. Tlhogi

    Big R
    South Africa still got mad love for u brother. I'll forever be a fan. Hope and pray you'll get out of this 1. Only God can judge u on your previous mistakes. Come back and bless us with your good music. Remember, Prayer Changes

    August 28, 2011 at 4:41 am | Report abuse |
    • Pinoche

      Of course South Africa loves R. Kelly. You black South African males rape little girls, too.SICKOOOS!!!!!

      September 11, 2012 at 10:24 am | Report abuse |
  6. Kimberly

    Pls tell me that is not true. Pls tell me that Kellz isn't about to lose his home. I know the one on lakeview has been sold. Pls tell me that he's not about to loose this home too.

    August 19, 2011 at 1:02 pm | Report abuse |
  7. wise

    Hey!I don't think kellz still got haters coz he doesn't care only is dat he express love to all people.so if you get it or not up to you.God forgive people even we don't show him love.hate son of some one but you will meet that up obove.R Kelly God Bless You Brother thank you...

    August 9, 2011 at 7:11 am | Report abuse |
  8. R

    Whatever u say & whatever u do, Kells is still the best. Kells we'll pray for u brother. Forget about those haters coz they'll not stop hatin' but u have to believe love wins at last, so just keep making love with your music. God be with u bro.

    August 8, 2011 at 5:45 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Hater

    (singing) I believe you will lose your house 🙂 Maybe he can make a children's sing along record and...oh, strike that, bad idea.

    August 8, 2011 at 5:28 pm | Report abuse |
  10. R

    Please leave him alone, it's enough!

    August 8, 2011 at 5:26 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Barbara

    Mr. Kelly,
    I am praying for you. Any body with this much talent that I know only came from God will be all right.

    July 27, 2011 at 10:37 am | Report abuse |
  12. Loyd christmas

    Sofia Vergara

    July 14, 2011 at 10:20 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Mikel

    I guess they are going to have to change the carpets before it sells. Those urine stains are hard to get out.....

    July 14, 2011 at 10:16 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Erica

    No... I didn't say he was holy than thou....have you ever committed a sin and asked for forgiveness....if not now is the time ...because you have judged R. Kelly...remember thou should not judge

    July 14, 2011 at 3:07 pm | Report abuse |

      Yes, you are probably another brainwashed black female who defends sorry, trifling black males. The Black American Community ( aka,the ghetto)is a disgrace. I am a black woman, who was blessed not to have been born or raised in the "hood". SMDH

      September 11, 2012 at 10:37 am | Report abuse |
  15. Carlos

    There are 3 bills you pay every month on time, house, electric and car. Everything else you can get by without or at least deal with a lesser quality. I would rather eat ramen and have a house than steaks and be homeless.

    July 14, 2011 at 9:37 am | Report abuse |
  16. marian

    Time to make some music magic again ,and can you please pay your damm bills ! You wrote music for everyome else and collabed on people albums so you are paid. The waY to stay out of trouble is tn.stay away from young girls and video cameras .and please hang out with women your own age. This time you were lucky and got off ,but next some girls dad is gonna put you in a world of hurt! Make music
    and leave the kids alone!

    July 14, 2011 at 9:15 am | Report abuse |
  17. charlie crack

    @erica- you are right. I wasn't trying to shame, blame or critcize. It probably didn't come off that way in my post, but, you ARE right. I have bills, we all do.... I was just trying to joke/get a laugh at his "expense" but he called and told me he couldn't afford the "expense"..so i'll stop.

    July 14, 2011 at 7:36 am | Report abuse |
  18. Erica

    Ok, I have read all of the post. I am curious to know if there is one without fault. If you have as little as one item not paid on your credit report, you are in the same situation as R Kelly. The bible says owe no man nothing. So let's get off of our high horse and start looking in the mirror at our own issues. Yes, R Kelly made some mistakes in the past. but let's not forget the bible also says " ALL have sinned and come short of the glory of God". NOT SOME.......But ALL....so before we start Condemning folks just remember Jesus paid it all...all to Him we owe.....Now on the other hand, I want to add that he made a gospel song not to long ago....it talked about surrendering to God... People when you surrender to God sometimes things will be taken away from you, not of your choosing....The question is: have you surrendered?

    July 14, 2011 at 1:13 am | Report abuse |
  19. Rymelo

    R kelly you been through a lot don't let something as small as paying your bills make you fall people want that to happen just as quick as you can get in the studio and make a hit so get it together a loyal fan forever Rymelo

    July 14, 2011 at 12:37 am | Report abuse |
  20. Wolverine

    Stoopid monkey.

    July 14, 2011 at 12:32 am | Report abuse |
  21. vikingwoman

    Lol, charlie crack, good lyrics, too! I love R's music but don't know the man enough to pass judgement. If he's a pedophile he needs to be incarcerated, if not he needs to get to a studio, posthaste! The dude obviously needs some loochi!!

    July 14, 2011 at 12:22 am | Report abuse |
  22. charlie crack

    I believe I can try/ build a new crib on the other side of chi-i-i/ I believe I can pay/ wont be late w/ the rent no how no way-a-a/ I think about it every nite and day/ its my fault I P!SSED my cash away-a-a

    July 14, 2011 at 12:00 am | Report abuse |
  23. charlie crack

    Hush before you get the golden shower....no,no not the one in my crib man...

    July 13, 2011 at 11:57 pm | Report abuse |
  24. antionette chisley

    i hope he files bankruptcy!!!!!! so he can save his property.hes no different then the rest of america we are all in a economy recession corporate american and citizens file bankruptcy all day everyday to keep what they have invested there money in.

    July 13, 2011 at 9:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • adam

      we come to my store and buy furniture without having a penny in your account and giving me a check swearing that i should trust you and u take the check, and u take the merchandise to your place, and after calling u for 10000000 times u still dont want to pay, i dont know why people can harm others like that , i want anyone to tell me if this is fair or not...plzzzzz helppppp

      October 31, 2011 at 1:36 pm | Report abuse |
  25. Um

    He's fine. My friend that works at the Trump in Chicago told me he lives in a condo. He most likely has other homes too.

    July 13, 2011 at 9:11 pm | Report abuse |
  26. WinifredL.

    I'm glad that you idiot defenders of yhis jerk don't have a heaven or hell to put people into because you'd have everything screwd.

    July 13, 2011 at 8:18 pm | Report abuse |
  27. Snarky

    YES, R Kelly is a musical genius and YES I say that because of his epic 22 part musical hip hopera, Trapped In the Closet. Pure hilarity. A musical, and comical genius.

    July 13, 2011 at 8:14 pm | Report abuse |
  28. karen

    People are so quick to spread their negative thoughts! Just because you pay your mortgage on time doesn't make u any better than the next man! Its clearly all of you are not believers in God cause if you were you wouldn't be so judge mental! Its like people can't wait to smile over another mans down fall!" R" I will be lifting you up in prayer and all of you lost judgmental souls!

    July 13, 2011 at 8:05 pm | Report abuse |
  29. Marny

    With brothers like him i'm glad I'm an only child.

    July 13, 2011 at 8:04 pm | Report abuse |
  30. Marny

    Mistake!I hope you don't have a young daughter and some old guy makes a mistake on them. I'd like to see you uplift that S.O.B.

    July 13, 2011 at 8:00 pm | Report abuse |
  31. kellz

    I plead the blood of Jesus over R Kellys home and finicial issues. Anyone could lose a home please stop being rude and pray for him.

    July 13, 2011 at 7:57 pm | Report abuse |
  32. oneal Campbell

    People let's not be critical when someone makes mistakes. We should pray and lift our brother up

    July 13, 2011 at 7:49 pm | Report abuse |
  33. Big-O

    He lost mansion boo hoo! Small price to pay for avoiding imprisionment!

    July 13, 2011 at 6:39 pm | Report abuse |
  34. BigDOG

    Guess his money believed it could fly an just flew away. Is kells broke u say...Wasn't dude just on tour.

    July 13, 2011 at 6:39 pm | Report abuse |
  35. MadCityBabe

    how the H3ll do you not make your house payment.............I make mine every month and it's not small either.....loser!

    July 13, 2011 at 6:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • @ MadCityBabe

      Go home and stuff yourself, fat cow. It's pretty easy to pay for your trailer home.

      July 14, 2011 at 9:13 am | Report abuse |
  36. xBettyBoopx

    It's a shame that the change to industry and the economy has been so widespread that many Americans can't keep up. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gw1ixZ304rE&feature=related

    July 13, 2011 at 5:53 pm | Report abuse |
  37. Evel Knievel

    I bet he's peed on someone in every room.

    July 13, 2011 at 4:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • MadCityBabe

      eww. there would be a major ick factor with this house...........wouldn't touch it!

      July 13, 2011 at 6:01 pm | Report abuse |
  38. Ana L

    I say, rollin' around,
    sittin' on dubs
    can not lie, was high on shrubs,
    Coolin' in my Escalade,
    Man I'm paid, I got it made,
    Take me to your special place,
    Close your eyes show me your face,

    July 13, 2011 at 4:29 pm | Report abuse |
  39. Marny

    Boo Hoo a pervert is loosing his kiddie nursery.

    July 13, 2011 at 4:24 pm | Report abuse |
  40. Eam

    Strategic default.

    July 13, 2011 at 4:21 pm | Report abuse |
  41. Sallie Mae

    Robert...don't buy so much liquor next time...you can't sleep in a liquor bottle!

    July 13, 2011 at 4:19 pm | Report abuse |
  42. Cdiaz

    Sylvester? You have got to be kidding....

    July 13, 2011 at 4:12 pm | Report abuse |
  43. Observer

    R. Kelly is a liberal stooge. He deserves to lose his home.

    July 13, 2011 at 4:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • BRIAN

      not sure if he's liberal or not, but what the heck has that got to do with this story@?!@ i guess that makes you a crack junkie conservative.

      July 14, 2011 at 11:26 am | Report abuse |

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