Just last month, Monica’s 2003 jam “So Gone” was flipped on its head by social media as a viral trend, #SoGoneChallenge. From fans to celebrities, everyone got in on the action, trying their hand at freestyling to the Missy Elliott-produced track.
However, one singer wasn’t too keen on giving the challenge a try. When someone asked if Brandy would throw her hat in the ring, she replied, “Child bye,” which immediately prompted many to believe there was still bad blood between the two singers.
During a clip for the season three opener of The Real, the R&B singer spoke on the situation. Monica had actually come on the show to surprise a fan who participated n the challenge, but when Loni Love asked how she felt about Brandy’s dismissive reaction, Monica kept it real and classy.
“I’ll tell you, I’m not bothered at all,” she said. “Honestly, the old me and the new me are two different things, and this journey of self-progression and self-love and empowerment that I’m on, I can’t go backwards. I think that, that was just a test from God for me and I’ve always thought that she was one of the most legendary people and, has one of the most amazing voices in the runs and riffs. And I just think that it’s, some of it, has been blown out of proportion to a degree, but I can’t tell my kids to do something that I can’t do. So it was just a test for me to, uh, always just take the high road and know that in anything that happens in this life, if it’s meant for you, it’s yours. Nobody can stop it or stand in the way of it.”
Monica even said she’d like to put the drama in the past and collaborate with Brandy.
“I would work with her again. It’s never been an easy situation, but the reason that I would do it, is because we are from a special elite group. It was her, Aaliyah and myself. And it was a very special time where each of us were individuals, we did our own thing and we all made our own mark. And the truth and reality is the only Grammy either of us has is together. So that to me says something special. So yeah, I absolutely would.”