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R. Kelly released from jail after paying child support

The singer forked over the $161,633 he owes to ex-wife, Drea Kelly, and was released Saturday morning from Cook County Jail. As he walked out, Kelly said, “I promise we’re gonna straighten all this out. That’s all I can say right now. I love my fans.”

Interestingly, he did have fans screaming for him outside … including one woman who yelled, “Please touch my hand!”

Sources connected to Kelly tell us he scraped together the money with help from a “benefactor.”

As we reported … R. when he missed the deadline to settle up his back child support. During his CBS interview, he blamed his ex for his failure to pay her … claiming her “lies” about abuse are the reason he can’t make any money.

He also claims he’s trying to reconnect with his 3 kids, but sources close to the situation say that’s BS … he hasn’t even reached out to his family in nearly 2 years.

Kelly’s legal woes are just getting started. As you know, he’s still facing 10 counts of aggravated sexual abuse in Chicago, multiple federal investigations … and new sexual misconduct allegations in Detroit.