Life R. Kelly under the knife By weekster Posted on January 26, 2020 1 min read Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Google+ R. Kelly (53) missed a court session this week. However, the singer had a good excuse: he had to undergo surgery because of a hernia. The operation took place in a Chicago hospital last week. After the intervention, R. Kelly returned to prison on Thursday evening. According to TMZ, the singer was not allowed to visit the hospital. R. Kelly, currently stuck on suspicion of sexual and psychological abuse, seemed to be bothered by his back for a while. In September his lawyer already filed an application to have him treated for “various medical problems”. He is currently receiving medical help.