Thursday, March 21, 2013
Singer R. Kelly, who was acquitted in 2008 of all charges stemming from child sexual misconduct, is currently in the news regarding the bank foreclosure of his multimillion dollar mansion located in the Chicago suburb of Olympia Fields. On Monday, March 18, 2013, the home was sold at public auction and purchased for $950,000 by JP Morgan Chase bank, the lone bidder. The property was once valued at $5 million. Kelly is reported to still owe $3 million on the property according to Chicago Sun-Times.
When I got wind of this development, my heart went out to R Kelly because this house is magnificent! It is 22,000 square feet with 7 bedrooms and 6 baths. I am certain that when he initially bought this house, the idea of losing it to foreclosure was the furthest thing from his imagination. Just looking at the grandeur of this estate and its luxurious landscaping and amenities makes me believe that R. Kelly had many happy times and fond memories associated with living there. On the surface this house appears to be the perfect place to live.
What outsiders and news sources have no way of knowing is whether or not this house grew to be the source of private pain for the Grammy Award winning artist, and that the bank foreclosure was actually the public result of private prayers.
There is a lesson here for R. Kelly, but for many of us also.
I pray that his lesson in this situation has not been lost.