Kelly was arrested and detained in jail for failing to pay child support, allegedly owing more than eight months in payments for his three children, which hadn’t been paid to his ex-wife Andrea.

He was released on Saturday (9 March) after an anonymous person paid the $161,000 (£122,000) he owes.

It was the second time Kelly has been arrested in recent weeks, as he has also been charged with 10 counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse by four victims – three of which were underage at the time. He has denied the charges.

The Ignition singer was released after posting $100k of his $1million bail – allegedly paid for by a 47-year-old Chicago business owner.

TMZ reports that Kelly is now turning his attentions to making new music as a form of therapy.

In this Wednesday, March 6, 2019 booking photo released by the Cook County Sheriff???s Office is R. Kelly. A Cook County Sheriff's Office official says singer Kelly won't be released from jail until he pays $161,000 in back child support he owes. Sheriff's office spokeswoman Sophia Ansari says Kelly was taken into custody Wednesday during a hearing over the child support and that his next hearing is scheduled for next Wednesday, March 13. (Cook County Sheriff???s Office via AP)
R Kelly has been released from jail after being arrested for failing to pay child support (Picture: Cook County Sheriff’s Office via AP)

A source told the publication the writing process if offering a distraction from his current legal battles and those close to Kelly are concerned if he ‘stops working on new music’ he could ‘suffer a breakdown’.

They added that the music ‘isn’t for public consumption’. have reached out to Kelly’s rep.

Speaking about Kelly’s arrest over failing to pay child support, his lawyer Steve Greenberg said: ‘I don’t think he ever should have gone into custody for [not paying child support]. He’s not some deadbeat dad. He fell a little bit behind. That occurred in a matter of months.’

Still facing the sexual abuse charges, Kelly has denied all allegations against him.

He made his first TV interview since the charges on CBS’ This Morning and told interviewer Gayle King he was ‘fed up with all the lies’.rkelly