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Chicago singer R. Kelly reportedly feels justified in not paying child support. New buzz has developed on the crooner’s reasons behind not coughing up over $160,000 to his ex-wife.

According to reports, Kells blames former flame Drea Kelly for the checks not coming in.

Sources close to R. Kelly tell us the singer was absolutely lashing out at Drea Kelly when he quit writing child support checks … a move that ultimately landed him in Cook County jail. We’re told Kelly feels like he tried to maintain a relationship with his 3 kids, but he blames Drea for ruining any chance of that. He’s said he thinks she brainwashed them. As we’ve reported … Kelly was supposed to be paying Drea $20,833 per month as of January 2009 — but he fell way off schedule last year. (TMZ)

Over the weekend, Kelly tasted freedom after paying over $160,000 in child support days after getting put behind bars.

R. Kelly left Cook County Jail this afternoon for the second time in two weeks this morning after he paid more than $160,000 in overdue child support, according to the Chicago Sun-Times and multiple other media reports. Kelly said, “I promise we’re gonna straighten all this out. That’s all I can say right now. I love my fans,” Kelly said as he left the facility, according to TMZ, which also reported that he pulled together the bail money with help from a “benefactor.” Kelly’s attorney, Steve Greenberg, recently said Kelly has been struggling financially. (Variety)

Last week, rap star Meek Mill weighed-in on R. Kelly’s current legal nightmare.

A few days ago, Kelly found himself behind bars over not paying over $160,000 in child support.

Singer R. Kelly has been taken into custody for failure to pay child support and is expected to be jailed this evening, according to the Cook County Sheriff’s Office in Chicago. The singer is due back in court on March 13 at 9:30 a.m. ET. (CNN)