R. Kelly may have partied on his birthday like a man without a care in the world, truth is … he’s feeling the heat in the wake of Lifetime’s docuseries, because while law enforcement hasn’t nailed him yet, he’s been suffering panic attacks severe enough to require medical attention.
According to TMZ, the panic attacks started in the days leading up to Surviving R. Kelly airing last week. The firestorm that erupted after it aired is affecting him, too, because the attacks have continued … with one attack being so serious, he sought treatment at a hospital.
More likely however, he’s had doctors make house visits. The episodes are triggered by the overwhelming backlash Kelly’s getting from celebs and the general public. He’s shocked how the tables have turned … with most people now believing his accusers, and he’s aware the pendulum isn’t swinging his way right now in the court of public opinion.
As for his birthday celebration Wednesday night … Kelly’s looking for reasons to get out of his house, as he still believes he’s done nothing wrong and doesn’t want to seem like he’s hiding.
His dwindling number of supporters — many of whom cheered him in the nightclub — might think he’s unfazed by the controversy. Truth is, the public outrage — even from Kelly’s own blood — is getting to him.