10 Things Revealed in R. Kelly's Memoir

From abuse to a McBeef with Jay-Z and, yes, even celibacy, the singer opens up in Soulacoaster.

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10. He had hoop dreams.

As a young boy, Kelly took seriously his dreams of becoming a professional basketball player. He was a promising player in middle school, and because his learning disability was so severe, he suspected that the only reason he was allowed to graduate was so that he could play ball for his high school, Kenwood Academy. He did just that, but soon after his high school music teacher noticed his musical gift, she made him quit the team to focus on singing. But he still calls basketball his release. "Hooping is not just a hobby or sport. It's a way of life."

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