While most of the ladies who appeared on R&B Divas: LA this season did so in an attempt to reignite their music careers, it appears that the plan may have backfired for famed soul songstress Kelly Price. In no time, the 40-year-old New York native became the show’s number one villain and the least favorite among many fans. As Charing Ball stated earlier this week, it seems that Kelly may actually walk away from the show with less fans than she started with. Why Kelly has been demonized in the court of public opinion is debatable. While some argue that it’s because of the show’s shifty editing, others, like her co-star Lil’ Mo, claim that what you see is exactly what you get and that in real life, Kelly is exactly how she appears on the show. Nicci Gilbert, who has also claimed to be a victim of the show’s crafty editing in the past, recently took to Instagram to defend Kelly and scold “Internet bullies” for slamming Kelly through social media.
“If you are building a brand off of other people’s pain… you’re building a PAINFUL brand and at some point you will FEEL ALL OF IT #thatisall,” Nicci wrote.
“It’s hard to watch people say such horrible things about such a talented woman and friend…BUT TIME HEALS & TELLS ALL @KellyPRice4Real…”
“I see CLEARLY how based on what you see ‘CLEARLY’ you think you KNOW so based on that I understand the REACTIONS AND I TRUST GOD’s PLAN… KEEP WATCHING…”
She went on to say that the negative backlash is impacting Kelly tremendously.
“Instead of people all this energy into destroying someone pray for them you have no idea how this is affecting this woman. It’s not good.”
“The sad thing is how quickly ‘we as a people’ allow them to use ‘we the people’ as tools to destroy our ‘own people’ #IAintIntoThat”
Nicci finished up by adding that she will probably be slammed for speaking out, but she’s not concerned about it.
“I suspect that as a result of me speaking the truth you will see a few more fraudulent blogs, articles, etc., about me soon LOL…#touche.”
“#TheButler made me realize the fight is not over, this time instead of billy clubs and hoses its social media and online bullies #FB #Stick2Gether”
“I woukd rather be broke and jobless than sit back like these women & pretend I dont see this happening. Ive been there so I KNOW WHAT IT FEELS LIKE”
What do you think of Nicci’s claims? Would you say fans have been too harsh in their criticism of Kelly?
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