A few months back, Naturi Naughton visited The Real and received an apology from former 3LW member Adrienne Bailon for the part she may have played in the negative way Naughton was treated while in the group and after parting from it. It seemed to be a sweet moment where the former bandmates reminisced over their teen years and the anxiety they felt while in the pop group.
But to some (check out the comments in that linked MN article), the exchange seemed awkward. People remarked that Naughton just didn’t seem into the apology (and rightfully so), and even Ebro in the Morning co-host Peter Rosenberg joked with her about it during a recent visit to the show to promote the return of Power. Naughton explained why she didn’t have the reaction some people thought she would have had.
“I don’t know what you guys saw. I just will say it wasn’t something where I was like, ‘Oh, I need this apology,'” she said. “I had let go of any animosity towards her, towards the group, because it had been like 15 years. But for me it was more like, I appreciate that. It was a difficult time and I just tried to receive it and let her know that I’m moving forward and as women we should both be able to do our separate things.”
Also, Naughton probably wasn’t as moved as people thought she would be by it all because she was also told ahead of time that Bailon would address her on-camera.
“They told me before I was coming on that she wanted to address something so they gave me a heads up,” Naughton said. “I didn’t know exactly what was going to happen or what was going to be said, but I felt she really genuinely wanted to squash it. I just accepted it and said thank you, but maybe I should have done more? I was just keeping it real, but they wanted the Oprah hug it out and cry. It was just real.”
Check out Naughton’s thoughts on that apology (at the 9-minute mark), along with her take on life after 3LW and shooting Power while pregnant below: