Nicci Gilbert Blames ‘R&B Divas’ For Damaging Her Marriage And Ruining Her Business

February 20, 2014  |  

With her “R&B Divas” days behind her, Nicci Gilbert admits that while she is thankful for the opportunity to star in a television show, she’s still feeling the aftermath of that decision and has major regrets.

“Do I wish that I had never done the show? Absolutely,” the former Brownstone singer confessed to CocoaFab.

Though she didn’t go into too much detail about exactly how her decision to do the show has managed to directly affect her personal and work life, she did say that the results were devastating.

“Let me clarify that. I’m very thankful for the opportunity but it’s affected my mother. It’s affected my marriage. It’s affected my business. The clothing line that I launched we shut down servers in season one. In season two, I literally lost my entire investment.”

“I was at the table having a conversation with I’ll never forget Lane Bryant about my clothing line and it was literally the day after one of the huge fights on the show, I was asked about that in the meeting,” Nicci reflected. “I’ve lost deals and probably the most sorrowful experiences is the Michigan Chronicle which is the Black go to newspaper from my hometown. One of my bookers asked them to have me come in to meet with the paper. They said, ‘We don’t have any interest in her at all.’”

In addition to watching her business tank, Nicci says some fans took things so far that she had to seek help from the police.

“I’ve had to file reports in the police department about people who said, ‘I see you, I’m going to crush your face.’ The reason it hurt me so much is that is not who I am,” Nicci continued. “I have a big mouth. My heart is as big as my mouth is, but you don’t get the big heart on the show. You just get this is the ‘queen b**ch’ label.”

Though she blames the show for the misfortune that she is experiencing in her life, Nicci admits that “R&B Divas” wasn’t all bad. While she vows to never return to the show as a cast member, she will continue to receive credit as an executive producer for the series.

“As a producer when I am finalizing a deal with an agency, I know that I could never go into that agency and have a real conversation with those people if I didn’t have the hit show that is ‘R&B Divas’ or the hit franchise. I know that I couldn’t go in and talk to really amazing, powerful women who are show runners had it not been for that show. I’m very grateful that they see my contribution as an executive producer,” she continued. “As a producer when I am finalizing a deal with an agency, I know that I could never go into that agency and have a real conversation with those people if I didn’t have the hit show that is ‘R&B Divas’ or the hit franchise,” she said. “I know that I couldn’t go in and talk to really amazing, powerful women who are show runners had it not been for that show. I’m very grateful that they see my contribution as an executive producer.”

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