In a new 51-minute interview with Hollywood Unlocked’s Jason Lee, K. Michelle talked about past relationships, her butt injections, controversial moments in her career, and yes, Idris Elba.
The star’s 2014 album Anybody Wanna Buy A Heart? was primarily about her alleged relationship with the Golden Globe-winning actor. He also directed her Rebellious Soul Musical. However, Idris never spoke publicly about her. He didn’t confirm a past relationship and he hasn’t said anything in reference to her. Still, the singer, for a short while, spoke consistently about him.
Years have passed, she is in a relationship with Dr. Kastan Sims, and Idris, of course, is engaged to be married to Sabrina Dhowre. Despite saying he didn’t see himself marrying again, and allegedly telling K that “he would never commit to one woman,” he’s had a change of heart. So what does K think about that?
We’ll get to that in a second…
In her chat with Jason she first opened up about how they met.
“You know what got him? I was at Soul Train Awards, I had won Best New Artist and at that time, I was hanging a lot around Meek [Mill],” she said. “And at that time, me and Meek never slept together. We never dated. We were super cool, he had wanted me to sign to Dreamchasers and all of that, we were both same label, everything. I just thought, ‘Oh, he cute, I’ll probably end up talking to Meek or something.’ So after the Atlantic PR, I’m walking off the stage and I hear this accent and it says, ‘K. Michelle, you’re beautiful.’ I was like, oh f–k. This A-list ni–a trying to f–k on me. I told him to his face, ‘Your jeans too tight and your accent’s funny.’ I didn’t have no…I was straight out of Memphis.”
She said what convinced her to entertain his advances was that he dedicated a song, presumably Bell Biv DeVoe’s “Poison,” to her at an industry party after the Soul Train Awards.
“He did the sweetest thing ever at the Soul Train Awards,” she said. “Flava Flav was DJing, and he was like, ‘This song is dedicated to K. Michelle.’ It was like, ‘Never trust a big butt and a smile.’ And I was going off. I remember having a cell phone and I was fighting with J.R. Smith’s girlfriend. That was the first dude! I thought I was poppin’, I had this basketball player, I loved me some J.R. Smith. I had loved that ol’ hood man. And we had stopped talking so his girl called me and I was in the middle of the floor…and I hear ‘Never trust a big butt and a smile.’ I didn’t give him my number, my bodyguard said, ‘Ni–a, you should f–k with him, I gave him your number.’ So he text me and said, ‘I’m going to this party,’ I said, ‘I’m going too.’ So I went, but I went with Wale. Me and Wale like brother and sister. So he sent me a text like, ‘Ouch, but not out.’ I was like, ‘What the f–k is that?’ I was like, ‘Speak in English. What is that?’ He was like, you were there with Wale or whatever, and I was like, no, that was my friend. So he came to L.A., I came to L.A., we were both going to L.A. the same day, and that was just history.”
She says that from there, they began a relationship that lasted about eight months, and even though people couldn’t imagine the actor dealing with the Love and Hip Hop star when she first started speaking about him, she told Jason they were out in public together all of the time. However, she didn’t realize that he had another relationship brewing with makeup artist Naiyana Garth, the mother of his son, Winston.
“Yeah we weren’t like, ‘This is my boyfriend.’ We didn’t hide though,” she said. “People thought it was such an odd situation, but we would go out. We got kicked out comedy clubs for him heckling, all types of stuff.”
“I didn’t talk about it. I wanted him to know that I wasn’t trying to pull anything. I never wanted to be that girl,” she said. “So everybody around me knew. His management, my management. When he took the baby mama, and I later found about it, he took her to the [red] carpet, they was trying to calm me down. I was tweeting little stuff. But I didn’t know. I didn’t know that that woman was pregnant and around him in the UK. He was so charming. You know what he told me? He would never be committed to one woman. And he said I would be taken care of. I would be fine. But he would never commit to one woman.”
So imagine her surprise when he publicly announced he was to be committed to his most recent partner, Sabrina Dhowre, earlier this year.
“So you know me, I’m like damn, b—h!'” she said. “You know what I’m saying? You had some sh-t I didn’t have. You had some sauce. You know, men are different with different women. That wasn’t supposed to be my man. But out of every relationship I’ve been in, I learned the most from him. It wasn’t a volatile, angry — he didn’t bring out real cursing. He was a gentleman. Very supportive.”
And for the record, she has nothing but good things to say about the sex after being asked if it was as bad as supposed rumors suggested.
“No! Amazing head!” she said. “Jason, it was good. I remember that head.”
You can hear her thoughts on that relationship and more, starting at the 6:15 mark, below: