When I heard the news earlier this year that Chrisette Michele was going to be taking part in R&B Divas LA (as well as Leela James), I was pretty shocked. Sorry, but I consider those type of reality shows as a good look for singers/artists who have been in the industry for years and years, have amassed a decent amount of notoriety, but want to take their career to the next level (and have a little drama at the same time). Michele has only been active in the industry since 2006, and she just seemed like someone who would never give reality TV the time of day. But she has…and now she regrets it. In a lengthy open letter of sorts on her Instagram page, Michele talked about the surprising onslaught of negativity that she’s had to deal with since she decided to be a “Diva,” and how she now realizes that it’s not for her.
“Hey can I write you a letter? Dear fans, Maybe you were right about me not doing a reality show. I have had so much fun staying beneath the radar. I’ve traveled to more countries then I can pronounce and made friends of fans and celebs alike, collabed with my favorite artists (you know I’m a nerdy hip hop head). Truth is, I wasn’t raised on R&B. I just happen to sound okay singing it. I’ve never thought that wearing angel wings and trying to be open about feelings would make people send me evil tweets and receive awful phone calls. A Diva. Maybe that’s not the right term for artists now a days the way it was when Whitney was here. Maybe it’s meaning has changed. I’m truly just here to say hello. On your TV screens to show you who I am outside of this music/Hollywood stuff. Maybe reality was a mistake. Maybe I should stay in my comfortable cave where I’m only loved. Half a million twitter followers, 200k insta Rich Hipster’s and 2.1 million Facebook likes have come from the music alone. From backstage hugs and kisses. From marriage proposals on my open hearted stage. From my quirky ever changing style. From hellos on the streets. From meet & greets. The moments un-telivised. Some people aren’t meant to share their personality. Maybe I’m one of those people. One of those who are protected by the Art. Art is love and it covers. It shields. I don’t see myself doing reality again. I’ll hang out with my pet unicorn in Artist-ville. This negativity is tragic and I can’t transfer these vibes to my Art. I love you. I won’t speak negativity against any one on the show in any further interviews. I won’t speak the name of people who quell my light. I can’t participate in brokenness. Healing is my ambition. Light is my nourishment. Be well. The Rich Hipster Captain #chrisette #ChrisetteMichele #Art #RichHipster #randbdivasLA #rbdivasla #rbdivas #iamstillhere #itsByTheGraceOfGod”
In a recent chat on The Rickey Smiley Morning Show, Michele revealed she was a little apprehensive about joining the show. In fact, she wrote this on Instagram three weeks ago:
“Gearing up my mind for what is to come. I’m new to this. I’ve only exposed my Art. Now to expose my Heart. Find me on @tvonetv every Wednesday night. I did it because I want you to know me outside of the lyrics. You’ve seen my Art and you haven’t broken it. Now see my Heart, I’m just there to open it. R&B Divas LA.”
She also told Smiley and co. recently that she hopes the show won’t hurt her image:
“I’m pretty human and pretty normal. At the end of the day, I think that’s what goes far. I have a solid fan base for these last 8 years and they’ve been kind to me and full of love and affection. So, I don’t think they’ll change their minds.”
That’s probably what Kelly Price thought too…But what do you think of Michele’s revelations in her letter? And if you’ve been keeping up with the new season of R&B Divas LA, what do you think of her on the show?