Syleena Johnson Says She Won’t Miss Nicci Gilbert On R&B Divas, But Felt Bad About Backlash She Received From Fans

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April 14, 2014 ‐ By
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Nicci Gilbert and Syleena Johnson just couldn’t get along on R&B Divas Atlanta, and after two seasons of being at odds, Gilbert made the decision to be done with the show as far as being on-camera, but will remain a producer behind-the-scenes. She told us in a previous interview that the drama on the show and from viewers often stressed her out. “There were times where I would wake up so stressed, I thought I was on the verge of a nervous breakdown.” And when speaking on the similar backlash friends Kelly Price and Dawn Robinson received, Gilbert just wanted people to give them all a break. “Try to have an open mind…at the end of the day, reality stars are just doing what they can to feed their families.”

While Gilbert is gone, Johnson is a go for season three, with two new cast members in LaTavia Roberson and Kameelah Williams (formerly of 702). While speaking with Sister 2 Sister, Johnson was asked what she thought about Gilbert’s exit, as well Gilbert’s fans turning on her, and more:

Why
She Won’t Miss Nicci Gilbert:

“You know I don’t miss Nicci. Everybody knows that. I don’t hate Nicci at all. I think she needs to be accountable for some of her actions, but I don’t hate her at all. I wish her the best in everything she does.”

Why She Thinks R&B Divas Season Three Will Be The Best:

“This season we’ve gotten back to the music. There’s more singing. There are more performances. You get to see us sing together, create records. That was the point [of the show].

It’s a full season. It’s nothing that you don’t have: pain, pleasure, fights, breakups, makeups. At the end of the day, you actually get to see a bond happen. The season ends up very positive and not on purpose. It just came naturally. I’m excited about it.”

The Backlash Gilbert, Price And Robinson Received From Fans:

“What Nicci and Kelly went through, I think it’s terrible. They’re bananas; that’s true, but I didn’t think it was enough to say, ‘I’m not going to buy someone’s records.’ They’re human beings. They make mistakes like we all do.

I think Kelly was pretty accountable. I don’t think Nicci took responsibility for anything that she’s done, but I don’t think people should have bashed her. She brought it on herself, but I felt bad. I don’t condone that. People have a right to have an opinion, but to go as far as saying, ‘We’re not going to buy your record…’ I don’t think that’s right.”

What do you think? Did your appreciation of any of the women on R&B Divas change after they did it? 

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  • Aaokoakao

    Whenever people(as consumers) feel that an artist is humble, appreciates their fans, and values how/who helped them to get to a certain the level of success then they support the artist. Kelly kept making statements like she built her career all on her own. I don’t take away from her hard work, but she wouldn’t be where she is without her fans buying her product.

  • Guest

    If you expect people to buy your music because of the show, then you can expect the opposite as well. I wasn’t a big Chante Moore fan before the show, but while watching it I went and downloaded some of her music. So, her personality and attitude helped her record sales. But just like I would buy from her because of the show, I now won’t buy Nicci Gilbert because of the show. I don’t owe it to her or her record label to support her just because-she doesn’t represent anything I would personally endorse.

  • B.

    I appreciate that Syleena is trying to stick up for them, but this is naive. When you act like a total and utter a rse, and show yourself up, on TV, you are going to turn people off. If we are turned off by someone’s behavior, why would we want to listen to their music, or support them in anyway. I was beyond disgusted by their behavior and sense of entitlement and would never give my money to them, knowing how they are. Kelly was the bigger disappointment, because I love her voice.

  • NVAdamzz

    When you put your personal life (i.e. your personality, your beliefs, your morals (or lack thereof), your business) out for the world to see, you give people the opportunity to see the person behind the music instead of them just being able to appreciate your work and leave whatever shortcomings you may have up to their imagination. These reality shows seem to be more of a detriment to them than a help but they brought it on themselves.

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