Andrea Danyell Lee was born in Chicago, Illinois on January 28, 1974. In 1996, Drea, then aged 22, married singer–songwriter R. Kelly in Colorado. Prior to their marriage, Drea served as a backup dancer for Kelly. Together Drea and Kelly have three children; Joann (b. 1998), Jay (b. 2000) and Robert, Jr. (b. 2002). Drea changed her last name from Lee to Kelly. Drea filed a restraining order against Kelly in September 2005 after he assaulted her when she told him she wanted a divorce. She filed for divorce in 2006, it was finalized in 2009.