During a conversation for Out Loud with Claudia Jordan, Kelly spoke with Claudia and crooner Musiq Soulchild about a range of topics. One of the things addressed was Claudia’s feeling that we judge one another too harshly, not really knowing what could be going on behind the scenes. That’s when Kelly shared her own experience with being harshly judged during a vulnerable time.
“I actually got ripped up online. I got dragged by women when I walked away from my marriage,” she said. “Women literally were saying, ‘How effed up could she be that after twentysomething years, you couldn’t figure out how to make it work?'”
Price said she watched a number of women call her a “failure,” not realizing that she was leaving a marriage that had proven to be abusive and filled with disrespect.
“I don’t even know who this woman was who after maybe 30 or 40 insults straight about what woman I must not be said, ‘I find it really interesting that all of these sistahs are in this thread ripping this woman to shreds because she walked away from a relationship that was tearing her down and wasn’t building her up,'” she said. “I don’t know who this person was. I don’t know if it was a fake account or what. But this woman actually said, ‘First of all, she’s a sistah so we should be lifting her up. But secondly, let me help you. If you’re going to tear her apart, you should probably at least know a little something about the relationship because the relationship was an abusive one and it was very public about the way she was being treated and there were lots of other women and lots of other kids and she always put on a face.’ The music I wrote was to empower women, while I was going home, and taking everything I knew how to take.”
The “Friend of Mine” actress has no regrets though when it comes to ending that long-term relationship, saying she had to look out for herself for once.
“What was powerful about leaving that relationship was I finally decided to choose me. I had never done that,” she said. “It’s okay to choose you. You’re supposed to choose you.”
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Kelly decided to split from Jeffrey, who was also her longtime manager, after she found motivation through the passing of her younger sister the year prior.
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“After the untimely death of my sister last year, it weighed on me heavily that this was something we needed to do,” she said at the time. “I ultimately made the decision to live the best life I can. I ended things because I didn’t want to compromise what true happiness was anymore. There are no hard feelings, and I will love Jeff until the day I die!”
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The pair had been together since since was 16 years old and according to her, it was the only real relationship she had been in.
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Kelly and Jeffrey share two children who are adults, currently in their 20s. That includes son Jeffrey Rolle Jr. and daughter Jonia Rolle.
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She cut ties with him as a manger as well, deciding she wanted to move on completely from Jeffrey both romantically and professionally.
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In 2017 she went public with her new man, Terrell, saying she hadn’t gone out looking for anything but found love.
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“We were friends first and developed an incredible bond inside of that friendship and at some point it changed for both of us,” she said. “It was unexpected but we both knew that something changed so we decided to give love with a friend a chance to thrive. I’m glad we did.”
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Post-divorce, she has been on the hit BET show American Soul (she’s pictured with co-star Sinqua Walls), as well as a host on the reboot of Sunday Best.
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The relationship with Terrell didn’t work out in the long run, and Kelly told V-103 in 2019 that the next guy who comes around needs to be a confident man who wouldn’t be threatened by her success. “You need confidence to stand beside me.”
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She also said that whomever she’s with has to understand that she will always be their biggest competition because nobody will love her better than herself and she’s not afraid to stand alone.
“I’ve dated myself and I treat myself very well,” she said.
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