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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.”
Meelah Williams admits that while she’s willing to share some parts of her life with “R&B Divas: Atlanta” viewers, there are some things that are off-limits to TV One cameras—including her relationship with Musiq Soulchild. Part of this is due to the complexity of their relationship, Meelah says.
“We co-parent, but we’re together, we’re always together. It’s complicated,” the singer-turned-reality-star told The Jasmine Brand. “You’ll see him on the show—not like that. I believe I’ll tell you a bit more about our story. I didn’t want to bring him on because its hella confusing because we’re not married, but we do live together. It’s very confusing.”
In addition to the “confusing” nature of their relationship, Meelah says Musiq isn’t exactly a fan of reality TV, but adds that he agreed to appear on the show to share the story of their autistic son.
“He’s definitely anti reality, but he’s my number one supporter and he gets that I want to get back out there,” Meelah explained. “He was like, ‘I’m going to support you no matter what, I’m going to rock with you, you know how I feel about reality TV but I think it’s a great platform.’ He thinks it’s a great platform for me as a recording artist. He thought it was cool and the fact that I opened up about our son, of course I made sure he was cool with it and he felt like it would be a cool thing to share our story.”
“He didn’t want to come on, but he only came on because he supports me and because I was talking about our son, he’s on to support me talking about the autism,” she went on the explain. “And the studio, we did the studio scene. He’s showing that no matter what I got you as far as music and stuff like that.”
Meelah also discussed her departure from 702.
“Our break up wasn’t public, we went the political route and swept it under the rug,” she explained. “It seems like we demised [sp],but after the second album we were going through internal changes. We were tired, mentally; emotionally a lot of things took a toll. We were young, we started beefing about business issues like management and we couldn’t agree to disagree. I was the lead singer and that was an issue.”
“After the second album, I chose to take a break because it got real ignorant real quick and I didn’t feel like dealing with all that,” she continued.
Are you feeling the new season of “R&B Divas: Atlanta” so far?
How cute is this little lady?
She looks a lot like her mother, who was a child model and talented singer-turned-reality-TV star. Her mom was once a part of one of the biggest girl groups in music before getting the boot because of behind-the-scenes drama. She was later approached to join other popular music groups (including Xscape), and she also created her own, but she would eventually go solo. She’s done stage work, and been quite outspoken about her past, which included drug use and sexual abuse. But she’s come a long way and is happy. Mom is now the star of a popular reality TV show, and busy taking care of this cutie. So, whose child is this?
Last week, we excitedly reported that TV One would be debuting new reality series, “Hollywood Divas”. According to the network, the new “Divas” franchise would follow five ladies as they navigate through careers in the entertainment world. As previously reported, Elise Neal (The Hughleys), Golden Brooks (Girlfriends), Paula Jai Parker (Hustle and Flow), Countess Vaughn (The Parkers) and Lisa Wu (Real Housewives of Atlanta), have all been cast to star in the series.
Sounds like great news for TV One, right? Well, there’s just one problem. The newest addition to their line-up may have set off a hailstorm of legal woes. We’ve just learned that former “R&B Divas: Atlanta” star and executive producer Nicci Gilbert has plans to sue the network and ThinkFactory Media. It’s unclear whether or not Nicci plans to take legal action regarding the new spin-off series as well, but her publicist did note that despite being a co-creator of the original series, Nicci was excluded from production for “Hollywood Divas.” And she’s not happy about it.
“Nicci Gilbert & Faith Evans are the co-creators & executive producers of the R&B Divas franchise,” Nicci’s publicist told us this morning. “Now TV One is doing a spin-off, ‘Hollywood Divas,’ without them!”
“A discussion is needed NOW to address the images of African American women that white male production companys are portraying on reality TV and changing things in the editing room,” she added. “They can’t be allowed to continue to destroy brands & families.”
The laundry list of complaints and requests cited in the lawsuit include: “Breach of Contract, Breach of Implied Covenant of Good Faith and Fair Dealing, Fraudulent Inducement, Fraudulent Misrepresentation, Negligent Misrepresentation, Unjust Enrichment, Tortious Interference with Business Relations, Tortious Interference with Prospective Economic Advantage, Recovery of Unpaid Wages, Defamation, Intentional Infliction of Emotional Distress, Negligent Infliction of Emotional Distress, Implied In Fact Contract, Punitive Damages and Attorneys’ Fees.”
Syleena Johnson On Resolving Issues With Nicci Gilbert: We Have Resolved That We’ll Never Speak Again
“R&B Divas Atlanta” has kicked off its third season with a punch — thankfully not literally, although it came close — so we had to get our favorite lady in the office to talk about all the drama going down on the hit TV One show. Last week Syleena Johnson came by and the first thing we wanted to know is what the heck is up with Keke and Monifah beefing? The second thing we wanted to know is how does she feel about Angie Stone saying all of the ladies are cold as a block of ice and, as expected, Syleena is definitely feeling some type of way about that remark.
Aside from those couple of tiffs, though, the energy among the “divas” is much better now that Nicci Gilber isn’t around, Syleena said, but don’t expect the two to be mending fences anytime soon. When we asked her if she and Nicci had resolved any of their issues Syleena said “we have resolved that we will never speak to one another again. That is the resolution baby!” We hear that.
Check out the video above to hear what else Syleena had to say about her castmates and the drama we’re about to see with Faith Evans over her being the only diva to get nominated for their compilation CD. Sounds a little shady…
Last season of “R&B Divas: Atlanta,” Monifah Carter’s daughter made it clear that she doesn’t approve of her mother’s sexual orientation. The reality star recently revealed to Wendy Williams that not much has changed.
“You know, my daughter is in her religion, into her Christianity and she is a 22-year-old who hasn’t experienced life yet fully,” she explained. “I had to just be a parent and be an example of the human being that I’d like her to be.”
Monifah also discussed exposing her life and her relationship to reality TV cameras.
“Not at all.It’ First of all, it’s real. It’s a part of my life,” she said. “I think it’s time to bring some normalcy. Love is love and that is it [as long as it's healthy].”
As for how her daughter feels about her relationship being displayed on national television:
“She’s fine, it’s personal stuff. We respect one another and we love each other through. My life is going to continue. I’m going to live it how I see fit. I respect her, but she’s not the ruler.”
Watch Monifah’s interview below.
“R&B Divas: Atlanta” star KeKe Wyatt is no stranger to conflict. But if you ask her why she believes she’s so misunderstood, she’ll likely tell you that it’s because she’s biracial.
“Ain’t nothing I can do. I can’t change. I’m just going to be me,” KeKe told Sister 2 Sister. “That’s a lot of the reason me and Monifah have been clashing.”
While she admits that she probably needs to improve on her delivery, she says people frequently take the things that she says the wrong way.
“It’s very frustrating,” she said. “Maybe I can work on my delivery on how I talk to people, things that I say, when I say stuff and when I shouldn’t say something.”
And if her comments don’t already have you giving her the side-eye, she also says that the only people who are able to understand her are people who are also biracial.
“There are so many people, especially women in particular, who are biracial. They go through the same stuff and feel the same way. I wasn’t Black enough for the Black girls. I wasn’t White enough for the White girls. Nobody understands me.”
“Talk to other people [who are mixed race], they all say the same stuff. It’s like looking in the mirror,” she continued. “When I’m with them, I feel safe. I feel like ain’t nothing I can say that can make them be like, ‘What?!’ I do feel more understood by them for some reason or another.”
According to KeKe, she has love for everyone and just wishes that people were able to understand her.
“I love everybody. I just wish they understood me better,” said KeKe. “It makes me cray a lot.”
Oh, okay KeKe.
“R&B Divas: Atlanta” premieres tonight on TV One! And the show — focused on R&B divas who passed their prime and who are trying to get back on top — has us thinking of 15 more R&B divas who need to be on the next season of the show, “R&B Divas: LA” or another spin of the series! This listicle of R&B divas who were once on top of the R&B charts, but have since fallen off not only the charts, but basically the limelight or face of the Earth! Here’s to getting back on!