If nothing else, Nicole Murphy is a brave lady. In the midst of Wendy’ Williams’ own very public marital dissolution, Murphy, who was scandalized by kissing married director Antoine Fuqua, visited the talk show host to explain—as best she could what happened when those damning photographs were taken.
Wendy: So Nicole was a hot topic—she still is—for kissing a married man…
Nicole: Makes pecking kissing noise.
Wendy: No. That is not a…No, Nicole.
Nicole: I’m talking about the kiss. It was a mwah. It was a frozen in time pic.
Wendy: Antoine Fuqua, he’s a big deal in Hollywood. This picture took place in—uhh that’s his wife.
Nicole: I know, I know. Trust me, Wendy. I wish it didn’t happen. It was a moment where I should have thought more through the situation, made better judgment. So you know, it’s something that I apologized for. What happened was, there was a statement that was released. I did not put out that statement. I was actually on the airplane— I was out there for business. It was familiar faces out there. And it happened.
Wendy: Where did this happen?
Nicole: I was in Italy.
Wendy: No, where did that happen right there because you all look like you just woke up in the morning. Your body looks phenomenal.
Nicole: No we did not. First of all, I was at the pool. We’re on a different time zone. I was having a hard time staying awake. I was drinking an espresso. That’s it. It was a moment that should not have happened. I regret it and I apologized for it. I’m a human being. It was a mistake. Basically women, this could happen to you. Do your research. It happened.
Wendy: People don’t kiss their family friends like that.
Nicole: That’s not the case. I did not release that statement, Wendy.
Wendy: Do you know Lela?
Nicole: In passing. If I see her somewhere. I don’t know her like that. Let me tell you about social media. Social media had it to where we were family friends, I was at her wedding, in her wedding, were kicking it at their house. It’s not true. None of that is true. I don’t know her like that.
Wendy: How do you know him?
Nicole: I know him through just seeing him at events and stuff like that…It was a moment. Listen, you learn from your mistakes. I regret it. It was a mistake. I’m human. Social media is a monster of its own.
Wendy: Did he tell you he was getting a divorce?
Nicole: Listen, at the moment maybe I had a different impression of the situation.
Wendy: What was your impression?
Nicole: I’m not going there. Listen, Missy Poo. I know what you do. But you see this hand.
She also addressed the claims LisaRaye made about Murphy breaking up her marriage.
For those of you who can’t recall what happened with the various statements, you might remember that the initial statement read like this:
“Antoine and I are just family friends. I ran into him in Italy and we exchanged a friendly hello and that was it.”
In the second statement, Murphy said:
“Without going into the entire situation, I want to apologize to my family, and to Lela and the Fuqua family for what transpired. It was not my intention to be in this situation. I do not condone women kissing or interacting in anyway inappropriately with a married man. I too was once married and I would never intentionally undermine another woman, despite what has been written.”
You can watch her entire interview in the video below.