I lost more than 50,000 followers yesterday after posting about @rkelly,” Delevingne, 26, wrote via Instagram on Friday. “Every time I say something real, something I truly believe, something others may think of as controversial, something that makes people think and ask questions, I lose followers.”
Delevingne recognized that those who unfollowed her “clearly don’t agree” with the sentiment she aimed to promote. However, she isn’t letting her diminished follower numbers rain on her parade. Instead, she said her goal for 2019 is to focus on speaking out like this more.
“I want to be more confrontational. Confrontation IS NOT VIOLENCE btw, it’s communication. Something I still struggle with,” she wrote. “I have always been taught to avoid confrontation at all costs, which caused me to be silent most of my life, silence causes suppression and suppression causes sickness. Not anymore! Goodbye silence and backwards followers, hello confrontation and forward thinkers. It’s going to be a loud year.”
Delevingne first addressed Kelly’s alleged misconduct in an extensive message via Instagram on Thursday. In doing so, she explained her decision to boycott Kelly after she finished watching Lifetime’s Surviving R. Kelly docuseries. She urged “more musicians” to “stand up against” the R&B singer. She also praised John Legend, Jada Pinkett Smith, Keke Palmer and Lady Gaga for denouncing Kelly, a man she referred to as a “monster 1000 free instagram followers”
“I finished the Surviving R Kelly documentary last night and I am so shocked and outraged at how long this has gone on. My heart goes out to all the victims of his emotional and physical abuse and their families,” Delevingne began. “This man is a predator that feeds of power and in my opinion is far worse than Harvey Weinstein and needs to be held accountable. I am not trying to compare the two, my point is, Harvey is being investigated and R Kelly is not. We have ourselves to blame in this situation.”