Omarion sat down for a pretty lengthy interview with Joe Budden for his web series, Pull Up. We listened to the nearly two-hour chat, and the most interesting part, to us, was Omarion’s responses to questions about his decision to dump his group mates and do the second iteration of the Millennium Tour solo.
Joe joked about the situation, “You got rid of them ni–as,” to which Omarion responded by laughing and saying, “Nah, it wasn’t like that.”
It wasn’t though? It certainly seemed like it, especially what with the drama of bandmate Fizz dating Apryl Jones, the mother of his children, and O announcing on Fizz’s birthday late last year the new and improved Millennium Tour lineup. Instead, he said they were just moving in different directions, including when it came to their financial desires concerning the tour, and it was time to move on.
“I’m being honest. It wasn’t like that,” Omarion said. “I want to be very candid and honest with you. First of all, we haven’t been together in 15 years, and I mean together, together in one space for 15 years. We haven’t been around each other. We’re all on different paths.”
“[It was] because of the business,” he added. He claimed it was “difficult” for everyone to be on the same page about money, and Joe interrupted him.
“Them ni–as ain’t want no money,” he said. “They would have came on the road for some snacks.”
“Man, you don’t know the half,” Omarion replied.
Joe still refuted that story though (which I appreciated), pointing out that a few of the members were visibly surprised and upset they weren’t included for the new tour, particularly J Boog. So if they all were seeking more money, there wouldn’t have been a shock that they lost their place on the tour and they wouldn’t have seemingly blamed Fizz for that, either. O eventually admitted it was just time to move forward.
“I think that the moment for us to come together for the fans, it happened. It happened.”
To which Joe said, “And that sh-t will never happen again! [laughs]. You go get your little Love and Hip Hop check.'”
Omarion was later asked if he thought he could ever sit down and have a discussion with his former band mates to get in a good place. He politely said, in a very Omarion “namaste” way, no.
“You know, what I’ll say is, we shared something unique and special as kids and I always like to look at that aspect of our relationship because we were all so very innocent. We were all young and eager to perform. So I’ll always kind of respect and treasure that aspect of the connection, because without that, I wouldn’t have had the platform and opportunity to be who I am today,” he said. “Just like the Jackson 5 and Michael Jackson. Just like Beyoncé with Destiny’s Child. Just like Justin Timberlake with N’Sync. So I appreciate that. But as far as having a conversation, if there is ever an opportunity, I don’t know that that would happen anytime soon because there needs to be some time for growth and maturity. And I think as long as that happens, which isn’t promised, then I wouldn’t mind chopping it up. I don’t know what we would have to discuss. I don’t know that I would be doing more listening than anything, because I don’t have much to say.”
“It was a moment in time, it was a great time, but now it’s time to move on,” he added.
As for Apryl and Fizz, he wasn’t too upset about them because he was “done” with her, noting that “I got the kind of personality, once I decide I’m done, I’m done. I don’t go back. I’m a Scorpio.”
However, he admitted that he was just as surprised as everyone else to find out because he wasn’t given a heads up by either party.
“I mean, to be honest with you, I was reading the damn newspaper just like everyone else like, ‘What?! For real? Oh!'”
All that being said, Omarion doesn’t hold any disdain in his heart for his former band mate or the rest of them, though when asked if he was still friendly with J-Boog he just smiled awkwardly.
“It’s all love,” he said. “You know I got love for all them cats.”
Check out photos of the group during happier, but not drama-free (if you know their history) times by hitting the flip:
J Boog has been vocal in blaming Fizz for the fact that B2K is no longer on the Millennium Tour.
“Moving on man, this is a great year, we got some things going on,” he said late last year. “Fizzle Pop ruined everything, I wouldn’t say he ruined everything, but about 99% of it though.”
B2K during Dream Debut Record Party at Metronone in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by Theo Wargo/WireImage)
As for his relationship with Fizz, Omarion shared earlier this year that they don’t have one now.
“I don’t have a relationship with Fizz,” he said while visiting Big Boy’s Neighborhood. “But I think there should be an opportunity for us to talk one day. I don’t know when that is.”
B2K at the Billboard Music Awards live radio show hosted by Sprite. (Photo by Denise Truscello/WireImage)
Apryl and Fizz reportedly ended their relationship despite all the drama it caused. When asked about it, she said, “You know Dreux is a great man and his focus is on Kam, my focus is on my children and we are where we are, and I kinda wanna leave it there.”
2002 B2K arrives at Nickelodeon’s “15th Annual Kids’ Choice Awards” held at Barker Hanger, Santa Monica Airport. (Photo by Frank Trapper/Corbis via Getty Images)
Fans on Twitter have, for the most part, respected that Omarion decided to move on from the guys after performing with them on one last tour.
“B2K broke up a long time ago. They reunited for the Millennium tour. Dassit,” someone commented. “Of course Omarion is gonna continue to move solo regardless of Apryl and Fizz or business.”
UNITED STATES – DECEMBER 09: B2K in the press room at the 2002 Billboard Music Awards at the MGM Grand Arena in Las Vegas 12/09/02 (Photo by Vinnie Zuffante/Getty Images)
Others online were impressed with the way the former group leader handled things, saying, “this ni–a omarion the coldest n–ga in music history. he kicked a whole group out the group.”
HOLLYWOOD, CA – JUNE 24: The group B2K poses backstage with their “Viewers Choice” award during the 3rd Annual BET Awards Show at the Kodak Theatre June 24, 2003 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)
When asked about how she felt about being blamed for B2K being on bad terms again, Apryl didn’t find that fair.
“That’s a judgement, and that’s people who don’t know and it’s okay,” she said earlier this year. “I think those people have the right to have those opinions about what they think about me. But the truth is the truth and that isn’t the case. The group was broken up before I came into the picture.”
B2K backstage during TRL at the MTV Studios in New York City. 5/22/02 Photo by Scott Gries/Getty Images
Fizz gave the impression, before he and Apryl went public, that he and his former group mates weren’t that close, as though that made his choices okay.
“At the end of the day, we’re all grown men and we all live our own separate lives,” he said in VIBE. “It’s not like we’re brothers and best friends and hang out after the tour.”
B2K at Magic Johnson Foundation’s 4th Annual Children’s Mardi Gras
Nevertheless, Fizz said they’ve always been able to put aside anything and everything to give their fans a proper show.
“Everybody’s home. I haven’t spoken to any of them. They haven’t spoken to me. And you know, that’s just that,” he said. “It’s business, but we know what it is. When we come together, the spirit takes over.”
As for Raz B, he, like Omarion, gave the impression that the group has bigger issues than who was dating whose baby mama. Still, he believes the love is still there.
“People want to blame her or blame him. That’s not the case,” he said in February. “There [were] internal issues that’s been going on since we were kids.”
B2K backstage during taping for the opening of the MTV Beach House in Seaside Heights, New Jersey. 5/20/02 Photo by Scott Gries/Getty Images