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If you’ve followed Kelly Price’s career; and even her recent appearance on TV One’s “R&B Divas,” you know that she has struggled with her weight. She’d loss a significant amount, like she did 2006-2007 and then would gain some of it back and then lose it again.
In an old interview with CBN, Price said that her weight has always been a concern for record company executives, including one who told her “nobody wanted to look at a fat girl sing.” Another threatened not to release her project unless she lost weight.
Price said that once she became famous and her clothes were being custom made, she didn’t have to worry about sizes or weighing herself. And she’d gotten to be over 300 pounds.
She said that she has a very sluggish metabolism, so it’s imperative that she stay active and mobile if she wants to remain healthy
And on her Instagram page, she shared that it’s been difficult for her to do that, due to depression at the loss of her sister.
Sometimes you gotta lose to win. Sometimes you gotta gain to lose. This is hard to post and hard to look at. I lost my sister in 2014 and was depressed and didn't want to acknowledge it but it showed up on my body and I packed on weight that I hadn't carried in years. I lost focus, lost perspective and gained bad habits and extra pounds. I looked up exactly one year later after she died and the photo on the left was what I looked like. This was me in April of this year on stage in Chicago. I told my audience I'd lost my way but I was getting ready to change my life. I recommitted myself to LIVE and to take care of and respect the temple God gave me. The battle is everyday and it's not easy but I'm doing it. Slow and steady with real life choices that I can follow for the rest of my life. The photo on the right is me today behind the scenes at my Photoshoot with @mrdblanks. I'm excited about what my life is taking shape to look like physically, spiritually, emotionally and mentally! #ItsMyTime
Thankfully, on April 20th of this year, she decided to make a change. And in just 8 months, she’s been able to make much progress.
You can check out other pictures from her journey on the next page.
On this season of R&B Divas LA, Chrisette Michele started her own record label, Rich Hipster, and her first artist is her brother, Lem Payne. Aside from his musical talents, it was also revealed on the show that Payne has been living with bipolar disorder for many years.
I recently spoke to Linette Payne (Chrisette and Lem’s mom) about this. She said that Lem is very smart and gifted, but he has a lot of different feelings to process at one time. This conflict made things difficult for Lem, starting when he was a young boy. Linette shared that she had to fight with frustrated school teachers and other authority figures in Lem’s life in order to help them understand that her son wasn’t a bad apple, but that he had an illness.
For some reason, in the black community, mental illness is rarely discussed so many suffer in silence. Oftentimes, when someone mentions they have a mental illness they are told to pray about it. I am a Christian and I firmly believe in prayer, but God helps those who help themselves. If you recognize that something does not feel right, please seek professional help, not just a pastor or a priest. People with bipolar disorder are usually very intelligent people, they’re just dealing with a chemical imbalance that causes them to display the different behaviors associated with the disease. Therefore, they need to receive more than just prayer.
What is Bipolar Disorder?
Bipolar disorder, also known as manic depressive illness, is a brain disorder that causes unusual shifts in mood, energy, activity levels, and in the ability to carry out everyday tasks. Symptoms of bipolar disorder are severe. They are different from the normal mood swings that everyone goes through. Bipolar disorder symptoms can result in damaged relationships, poor job or school performance, and even attempts at suicide. But bipolar disorder can be treated so that people with this illness can lead full and productive lives. This is why it’s so important that you seek professional help if you experience any of the following signs or symptoms.
Signs and Symptoms
A mood episode is what they call the intense emotional states people with bipolar disorder experience. An overly joyful or overexcited state is called a manic episode, and an extremely sad or hopeless state is called a depressive episode. Sometimes, a mood episode includes symptoms of both mania and depression, and this is called a mixed state. There are many more symptoms, including the following:
Manic Episode Symptoms
- Disconnected and very fast (racing) thoughts
- Grandiose beliefs
- Inappropriate elation or euphoria
- Inappropriate irritability
- Inappropriate social behavior
- Increased sexual desire
- Increased talking speed or volume
- Markedly increased energy
- Poor judgment
- A decreased need for sleep due to high energy
Depressive Episode Symptoms
- Decreased appetite and/or weight loss, or overeating and weight gain
- Difficulty concentrating, remembering, and making decisions
- Fatigue, decreased energy, being “slowed down”
- Feelings of guilt, worthlessness, helplessness
- Feelings of hopelessness, pessimism
- Insomnia, early morning awakening or oversleeping
- Loss of interest or pleasure in hobbies and activities that were once enjoyed, including sex
- Persistent physical symptoms that do not respond to treatment, such as headaches, digestive disorders, and chronic pain
- Persistently sad, anxious or “empty” moods
- Restlessness, irritability
- Thoughts of death or suicide, suicide attempts
If you have been experiencing these symptoms for a long period of time, or know someone who has been, then professional help should be sought out. Diagnosing any mental illness is not as easy as a blood test, but if you feel that something is wrong and the doctor does not agree, please get another opinion until you are satisfied.
There are medications such as antidepressants, mood stabilizers, and antipsychotics that can help with this disorder. Along with medication, psychotherapy is very effective. There are also some alternative treatments such as electroconvulsive therapy, sleep medications, and herbal supplements. Research is constantly being done to figure out new treatments as well as causes of bipolar disorder.
I want to say thank you to the Payne family for bringing this conversation to the forefront. It is unfortunate how many people are affected by mental illness but never receive treatment because they’re concerned about bringing shame to their family or themselves. Last year we lost several high profile young women to suicide, which tells me they were experiencing some sort of depression that may or may not have been diagnosed and was definitely not treated. We need to do whatever we can to keep this from continuing on.
Linette said that she and her son, Lem, have been living with bipolar disorder for 28 years and it’s time to speak out. Let’s keep this discussion going until it’s not shameful in our community to talk about mental illness and seek help for it. If you are dealing with mental illness or know someone who is, please feel free to reach out to me, Ask Dr. Renee, and let me know if you have any questions, need advice or have concerns about bipolar disorder.
Dr. Renee Matthews has appeared on television shows such as “The Oprah Winfrey Show” and WGN’s “People to People” where she discussed different health topics. She started her media career with her own radio show on ReachMD, a programming source for health professionals. In addition Dr. Renee has been a featured medical correspondent on Sirius XM’s “Sway in the Morning.”
Ever since singer Michel’le transitioned into the world of reality tv, she’s been very open and candid about her relationships with both Dr. Dre and Suge Knight. And while we might assume, based on his track record, that Suge was the most violent in their relationship, it was actually Dr. Dre who gave her the most trouble. It was quite the shocker. And since the news is so unexpected, it’s the question that consistently comes up during her interviews.
Recently, the R&B Diva sat down with Vlad TV and revealed some more details about the extent of the abuse with Dr. Dre, including the time he shot at her. See what she had to say in these excerpts below and then watch the full video below.
You and Dr. Dre have a child together right?
Yes, he’s 24. Right at the peak of my–I went on the Hammer tour and found out I was 6 weeks pregnant and we had two more months to go. I had to come home and drop that baby and finish out some more shows and then I became a stay-at-home mommy. Which made my career go *makes car screeching noise* I don’t advise it if you want to be in this business. The baby can take a year and a half off. You want to bond with your child.
Her relationship with Dre after the child
It became more strained because he was able to get up and just go where I couldn’t do that anymore. I couldn’t follow him anymore. And I think it became more disrespectful because then, if you’re not there, somebody else will be. I don’t want to say he wasn’t ready to have a baby but he had already just had a baby. When I met him he had two women pregnant… When I met him one was in the belly and then one had just dropped. So there were two babies born within a year or so apart. And we had just started dating…So three already, one had just came out and one was in the belly. That was five. Mine made number six. While I was with him he had two more. I know! I know! I don’t know I just guess I cared for him. I know it doesn’t make sense now.
How bad the abuse get?
I had five black eyes. Oh I was getting dragged on the floor, shot at…
What led to the shooting?
We partied…and I guess I don’t know what I always did. And I always say it couldn’t have just been me. So one night we was arguing, he went and got the gun and I just made it through the bathroom door and he shot at me and missed me by this (holds up measurement fingers) much. He shot at me. And you know what I did? I left the bullet in the hole. It was in the door and then it went through the side of the wall in the bathroom and I left it there for a while, just so he could see it. But he never tried to shoot me anymore. Thank God. But the beatings were…it was a lot.
You know what my grandmother said, eventually: ‘When a man beats you, he doesn’t like you. He has women issues and it starts probably with their mothers.’ And I said ‘You’re probably right.’
Oh! I tried off and on. I would move out. Ok, yes, I would move down the street. Ok maybe I wasn’t trying to get too far away. But because we always got back together. We had been together for almost a decade. We would break up, I’d give him three months to sew his wild oats, thinking ‘Of course we’re going to get back together.’ And that didn’t happen. And I think his last wife, I just couldn’t do it anymore. It’s too much. I’d already waited out the babies, the baby mamas, the hookers, the hoes…I was growing up and I was just going, ‘It’s got to be something better.’
Was it for the money?
And it wasn’t about money because we (her family) were never broke. I never got with Dre for money because he didn’t have a driver’s license, a car or insurance…or a house. We lived with his Auntie, who I ended up calling mommy.
Was he helping financially with his child?
Yes…well, I had to take him to court but…well, that’s an issue right? You should never have to do that. But now they’re great.
If he just would have done the right thing, I wouldn’t have needed to go to court.
Lord. Michel’le has been through it all! You can watch the full interview below.
They Destroyed My Character: Nicci Gilbert Talks Lawsuit Against ‘R&B Divas’ Production Company + Producer Responds
Nicci Gilbert has not been shy about sharing the fact that she was not happy about the way things went down with TV One and the production company behind “R&B Divas Atlanta,” Think Factory Media. As recently as this week, the former R&B Diva, made it known that she does not like the way Think Factory played her out with the “R&B Divas” franchise contractually. And she said she is still in litigation with them.
This is not necessarily a new story. It’s just getting fresh legs because the rumors that “R&B Divas Atlanta” was being canceled started to surface this week.
Here’s what she said via her Instagram page.
But she didn’t stop with that caption. When her followers asked questions, she answered them, in detail.
Since she mentioned Phil Thornton by name, and since these two have been going at it for some time now, it was only a matter of time before he stepped forward. And though Thornton spoke to us earlier this week, saying that there was no hardcore evidence proving that the show was being nixed; he came forward once again, to address Nicci’s comments, her pending lawsuit against the production company and the drama.
Here’s what he said when he spoke to The Jasmine Brand:
What does he think about Nicci Gilbert’s issue with him?
“I don’t care! I’ve done shows and films since R&B Divas. No one else I’ve worked with has an issue with me. I was the person that sold what was an idea for her and made it a reality. I gave her money out of my own fee to basically accommodate and up her producer fee. Faith was making significantly more because of who she is. Nicci’s fee did not match that. Nicci was upset. Myself and my partner said, ‘Instead of bumping our fee, give that money to Nicci Gilbert’. Tell that part! I don’t worry about what her feelings and her thoughts are of me because I’ve done right by her.”
The drama that Nicci brought
The direction that Nicci turned the show. If you look at the drama and conflict in season 1 and season 2, it was mostly by one individual. We removed that individual. It was so dramatic, it was so negative, but it was coming from primarily one individual who was coincidentally an executive producer on the show, so go figure. Her antics were not instigated by that of myself or the rest of the production team. Everyone wants to blame…it’s production, it’s production. No, it was actually you! Tell the whole story. You did that. Tell the whole story! That wasn’t production instigated. That was you!
So was Nicci fired?
I had no desire and have no desire to work with Nicci again so, you call it what you want, fired, quit at the same time…me and everyone collectively knew it was time to move on. I don’t really give a damn how she felt. I knew what I couldn’t be a part of and it was that foolery and that energy that she brought. It was very negative, it was very disrespectful to everybody involved. I saw it first hand. It wasn’t a good time and it carried over to the show
On Nicci’s lawsuit
I’m sure I’m referenced at some point, but if I keep seeing slanderous comments there’ll be another lawsuit.
What do you think about all of this? What I will say, is that Nicci should really tred lightly name dropping with hashtags and all. That won’t look too good in court.
The writing was certainly on the wall. Lil Mo has been saying for months, if not a full calendar year, that she planned on marrying her new-ish boxer boyfriend, Karl Dargan. And apparently, they were serious about that.
In a recent interview with Hot 97’s Ebro, Lil Mo revealed, almost flippantly, that the two had secretly tied the knot.
Lil Mo: When I did the first season I had four children now I have seven, collectively with my husband. I have four, he has three.
Ebro: Y’all married now?
Lil Mo: Yeah. I don’t waste no time.
Well alright. I must admit knowing how Lil Mo loves to broadcast her business and just be extra in life, I’m very surprised that she kept the details of her wedding so hush hush.
dinner with my love. I’m on a strict diet starting tomorrow. Good news and reason why coming soon. but for tonight, it’s Fridays on hump day lol #thedynamoshow #love cc the hubby: @dynamiteko #doe
Recently, she posted the above picture of herself and Dargan, flaunting what looks like an engagement ring. I do wonder what she’s alluding to with that caption…Wouldn’t it be something if these two had a wedding special? I’m not going to lie, I would sooo watch that. In addition to her wedding, Mo also revealed that she and Karl want to have more children.
Lil Mo: And my tubes ain’t tied, so we’re looking to..
Ebro: You’re having more babies?
Lil Mo: Yeah
Karl: Football team
These two… Are you surprised Lil Mo and Karl tied the knot? Would you watch a wedding special with these two?
You can check out Lil Mo’s wedding band on the next page.
Tired Of Negativity, KeKe Wyatt Isn’t Sure If She Will Return To “R&B Divas,” But Is Preparing For A Spin-Off
KeKe Wyatt has been on the “R&B Divas: Atlanta” ship since it first set sail in 2012. With her love for making silly faces and her ever-changing moods she’s become either a fan favorite or the one some folks can’t really stand, but her ability to keep us entertained is part of the reason why she might end up getting her own reality show very soon. She told Sister 2 Sister in the September issue of their magazine that with that in mind, and the negativity she deals with on the show that made her a big TV star, she might not be involved in the next season of “R&B Divas.”
“I’ve been offered to do my own spin-off from several different people. So, I’m not sure if I’m going to be a part of this season or not. I may be, but I just really don’t know if I want to.”
She told the magazine that she tires of the criticism from people and she also has bigger fish to fry, including taking care of her family.
“People always want to look at things like I’m bringing a bad vibe in the room. Half the time, I be up in there [taping], it happens to be a day that one of my children has a fever of 106 or 105, and I have to be there because I’m under contract. It just makes a mother feel horrible.”
She says that doing her own show would give her room to be herself and not have to worry about clashing with her co-stars.
“I just wish that people wouldn’t judge so much. It lets me know what I do and don’t want to do on my own show.”
Would you check out Wyatt on a reality show of her own?
“Maybe Reality Was A Mistake…This Negativity Is Tragic”: Chrisette Michele Already Regrets Doing “R&B Divas”
When I heard the news earlier this year that Chrisette Michele was going to be taking part in R&B Divas LA (as well as Leela James), I was pretty shocked. Sorry, but I consider those type of reality shows as a good look for singers/artists who have been in the industry for years and years, have amassed a decent amount of notoriety, but want to take their career to the next level (and have a little drama at the same time). Michele has only been active in the industry since 2006, and she just seemed like someone who would never give reality TV the time of day. But she has…and now she regrets it. In a lengthy open letter of sorts on her Instagram page, Michele talked about the surprising onslaught of negativity that she’s had to deal with since she decided to be a “Diva,” and how she now realizes that it’s not for her.
“Hey can I write you a letter? Dear fans, Maybe you were right about me not doing a reality show. I have had so much fun staying beneath the radar. I’ve traveled to more countries then I can pronounce and made friends of fans and celebs alike, collabed with my favorite artists (you know I’m a nerdy hip hop head). Truth is, I wasn’t raised on R&B. I just happen to sound okay singing it. I’ve never thought that wearing angel wings and trying to be open about feelings would make people send me evil tweets and receive awful phone calls. A Diva. Maybe that’s not the right term for artists now a days the way it was when Whitney was here. Maybe it’s meaning has changed. I’m truly just here to say hello. On your TV screens to show you who I am outside of this music/Hollywood stuff. Maybe reality was a mistake. Maybe I should stay in my comfortable cave where I’m only loved. Half a million twitter followers, 200k insta Rich Hipster’s and 2.1 million Facebook likes have come from the music alone. From backstage hugs and kisses. From marriage proposals on my open hearted stage. From my quirky ever changing style. From hellos on the streets. From meet & greets. The moments un-telivised. Some people aren’t meant to share their personality. Maybe I’m one of those people. One of those who are protected by the Art. Art is love and it covers. It shields. I don’t see myself doing reality again. I’ll hang out with my pet unicorn in Artist-ville. This negativity is tragic and I can’t transfer these vibes to my Art. I love you. I won’t speak negativity against any one on the show in any further interviews. I won’t speak the name of people who quell my light. I can’t participate in brokenness. Healing is my ambition. Light is my nourishment. Be well. The Rich Hipster Captain #chrisette #ChrisetteMichele #Art #RichHipster #randbdivasLA #rbdivasla #rbdivas #iamstillhere #itsByTheGraceOfGod”
In a recent chat on The Rickey Smiley Morning Show, Michele revealed she was a little apprehensive about joining the show. In fact, she wrote this on Instagram three weeks ago:
“Gearing up my mind for what is to come. I’m new to this. I’ve only exposed my Art. Now to expose my Heart. Find me on @tvonetv every Wednesday night. I did it because I want you to know me outside of the lyrics. You’ve seen my Art and you haven’t broken it. Now see my Heart, I’m just there to open it. R&B Divas LA.”
She also told Smiley and co. recently that she hopes the show won’t hurt her image:
“I’m pretty human and pretty normal. At the end of the day, I think that’s what goes far. I have a solid fan base for these last 8 years and they’ve been kind to me and full of love and affection. So, I don’t think they’ll change their minds.”
That’s probably what Kelly Price thought too…But what do you think of Michele’s revelations in her letter? And if you’ve been keeping up with the new season of R&B Divas LA, what do you think of her on the show?
Exclusive: Angie Stone Allegedly Almost Came To Blows With “R&B Divas” Staff Member Accused Of Cheating With Her Man
We told you yesterday about the reports that Angie Stone and boyfriend/manager Ashanti had broken up after more than eight years together. If you watched this season of “R&B Divas: Atlanta,” you know that Stone was hoping that she would walk down the aisle with him at some point (she DID catch the bouquet at Monifah’s wedding…), but as of right now, that’s not going to happen. As the story goes, they broke up because he was cheating on her with a member of the “R&B Divas: Atlanta” production crew. There was supposedly evidence of his infidelity that Stone found, including text messages and phone records. Crazy, right?
Well, a source from the show told us that yes, the two have gone their separate ways, and most of the cast and crew found out at one time or another that Ashanti was being unfaithful. They also say that part of Stone’s behavior during the reunion (the storming out part) had to do with that betrayal. But the source says that as far as the part of the story about the MARRIED staff member cheating with Ashanti, they’re not so sure. They’re waiting to see the evidence Stone claims she has.
Claims Of Ashanti Cheating With Show Staff Member:
“I haven’t seen any real proof. The person she’s accusing has been married for 20 years and just renewed her vows in March. From what I here, he [Ashanti] has a few ‘friends.’ That’s the reality. Whether or not one of those friends was one of the people in our production crew, I don’t know. We’ve all heard and got wind of it. Everybody in the cast and crew knows. I just found out someone who’s a friend of the family that I’ve known since I was child was messing with him for the last six years. But as far as her saying it was someone on our production team, and claiming that she has phone records and text messages to support it, well if you do, provide it to us. Obviously, that’s a breach of our agreements. You can’t be sleeping with somebody that’s on the show. But she’s yet to provide that documentation to the production company or legal. She’s been saying it for some time. But we don’t have the proof on our end to support her claim.”
Stone’s Reunion Outburst:
“The behavior during the reunion was bizarre when Wendy asked about the status of her relationship. She walked off the show and got upset, was flustered and ‘resigned.’ I was like, ‘Is this because you know how crazy you look and this is your way of kind of spinning it around?’ I know they’re not together and I do know that she has a different manager. I’m hearing Debra Antney who is Wacka Flocka’s mom is now her manager. I know that much. I just don’t know why she’s fixated with this one staff member and has been since the very beginning. She’s tried to physically put hands on her. There was one scene that I wish they would have shown. The person in question was trying to convince her to come back out and Ashanti looked at the woman, and [Stone] didn’t like the way that he looked at her even though she was talking to the both of them. She just went back in her dressing room. I don’t know if it’s just a personal thing, but I really don’t think the person on our team would do that.”
Considering how down Stone seemed for Ashanti (whom she met while he was working at an airport and then made into her manager), all this is pretty sad. But what do you believe? By the way, check out the moment Stone walked out of the reunion after some heavy questions about her man from Wendy Williams:
Keke Wyatt is definitely a woman who can be hard to understand, but during Essence Festival the "R&B Diva" gave us a bit of an explanation for her overly emotional behavior during this past season of the TV One reality show. Keke told us most people don't realize she lost her younger step-sister during the show's taping, which is why we saw her crying a lot and expressing a lot of other emotions. In fact, Keke even broke down a bit during our interview while talking about losing her sibling. Check out the video above to see what else she had to say about the past season of "R&B Divas Atlanta."
Exclusive: “R&B Divas” Exec. Producer Phil Thornton Responds To LaTavia’s Claims Of Bogus Editing: “It’s Bullsh**t”
We told you yesterday that LaTavia Roberson, who was a cast member on the most recent season of R&B Divas Atlanta, wasn’t pleased with how she was represented on the show. While she was hoping to present more of her life as a mother and businesswoman, Roberson claimed she was disappointed to find out that she was also supposed to take part in a showcase with cast members weeks after she they started shooting, especially since she hasn’t really been singing for a long time. Her reluctance to sing wound up being a big part of the secondhalf of this season, spurring TV One to joke about it with the hashtag #SingLataviaSing, creating mild conflict with cast members (like Keke Wyatt), and making many fans of the show think she was a poor choice for casting. But she says a lot of her representation on the show was due to editing:
“They edited it on down,” she explained. “I started looking on the show myself like, ‘Why am I on this show?’ Is the only thing I know how to say is, ‘I don’t want to sing?’”
But someone who is literally calling bull on her claims is R&B Divas Producer (executive producer at that) Phil Thornton. He says that he’s sick and tired of past and present cast members using the “Oh, it’s the editing” excuse. In fact, he says that he was surprised that she was bothered, because she seemed more than happy to return for next season during the reunion. And if Roberson had all these other things going on as she said, he says that she should have shown them: “We gave you the opportunity to tell us what to capture, but we only saw what you gave.”
If She Was Misled Or Had Her Image Manipulated By Producers:
“That’s false. From the very beginning when I spoke to LaTavia about joining the cast, I wanted to hear more about her journey as a single mom, and as an entrepreneur and so forth. But there were certain limitations as it relates to showcasing her as a mother. It involved other people beyond needing her. So we didn’t cast as much of the single motherhood aspect because as you know, you have to have both parents sign off on a document.
Throughout the season I constantly encouraged LaTavia and her manager as well and I made several calls to them mid-season to say, ‘Hey if you’re not going to be a part of this [showcase], it’s fine, it’s not mandatory.’ I made the call several times throughout the season to say, ‘Hey, give us your reality.’ We have no choice but to trail and follow your reality. So if you’re choosing not to be a diva through a different route, whether it be songwriting or the book you’ve been talking about, or a product line, we have no choice but to follow the reality. If this isn’t your reality, let us know what is.
For everything we don’t show, we’re very respectful of the ladies. Some things we probably should show that would make really good TV, we choose not to touch on out of respect for the cast. So that’s why for me, when I hear the whole, ‘It’s the editing,’ it’s bulls**t. Because if we chose some other things it would really tear some people’s brand down, and you would look at them in an entirely different way. If we ask the ladies in the LA cast and the Atlanta cast, ‘How do you feel about your representation on the show?’ I’m very sure that the ones that are still with us will say, ‘That’s really me.’ And the ones not there aren’t there for a reason.”
Past Cast Members Often Blaming Bad Editing:
“You cant please everybody. But as far as manipulating something that wasn’t there, we can’t put words in people’s mouths. If you give us crazy one day out of the week, we might show the crazy, but YOU still gave us the crazy. We didn’t put words in anybody’s mouth, we didn’t make anyone get up in anybody’s face, and we didn’t encourage anyone not to sing. I really wish she would have shown herself being a diva in her own right because she does have other things going on, and I applaud her, which is why I wanted her on the show. But none of those things were brought to our attention for us to cover. Tell the whole story. Don’t make it seem like it was bad editing because that line is getting real old.”
Nicci Gilbert Often Blaming Producers For Bad Editing:
…God bless her, I just want no parts. It just wasn’t good for anyone involved. But you know…good luck.
Why He Picked Roberson To Be On The Show:
“The decision to cast LaTavia was because she was obviously one of the founding members of one of the biggest female groups in the history of R&B and pop music. So I loved the story of that on one level, and her background is R&B. That is a part of her legacy and history. All the women have R&B music in common and I said, in theory, we’d love for them to work together, but I stressed that it’s not mandatory. If you don’t want to be part, do not continue to go to rehearsal. If the reality is, I’m not trying to sing, but I AM a songwriter, okay, so let’s put her in the studio with Jazze Pha. But you saw for yourself, nothing she wrote…but you don’t have to be a singer to be a diva. You can be a songwriter, but my thing is, we gave you the opportunity to tell us what to capture, but we only saw what you gave. What we got is the acting classes, the vocal coach and we like to show the different sides of the women in front of the cameras, behind the scenes, as moms, as wives, as entrepreneurs–that’s the goal.
I think she’s great, she’s a great person, I think she’s sweet, and I loved the story. I loved that she’s a single mom and there were a lot of layers to make me think that she would be a great fit. Did I know that she was not going to sing? That I didn’t know.
To come back after such a long period of time and be ridiculed online probably is a bit much, but what you’re NOT going to do is portray us like we did you wrong, because that’s not cool. I would feel bad if I was out here like ‘I should have called her, I should have told her, I should have warned her.’ But I did.”