Announcement, Interview

Chilli: “R. Kelly Was Muted Years Ago When He Married A Child!”

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Chilli has made it very clear she is not a supporter of R. Kelly.

She hasn’t only just cancelled R. Kelly because of the recent Lifetime documentary Surviving R. Kelly, which documented the historic and recent sexual abuse his victims endured.

Chilli has had Kelly on the block list for over 20 years, back when he illegally married an underaged singer, the late Aaliyah, whilst she was only 15 years old.

Speaking to TMZ this week in Atlanta, she said: “It didn’t take me to see a documentary to know the truth. I mean, he was cancelled years ago in my book after marrying a 15-year-old child.”

Regarding Kelly’s denial over the sex cult allegations, she said: “And then on top of that, I saw the tape at the studio with a whole bunch of other people, and I was just like, ‘He’s going to jail.’ I saw it, I was like, ‘He’s going to jail.’ And then when I heard he denied it I was like ‘What!’

“How can you deny that?” she said before mentioning TLC’s biggest hit. “That’s like me saying that’s not me on the swing in the ‘No Scrubs‘ video!”

Chilli’s feelings towards R. Kelly come as no surprise to TLC fans. Back in 2003, whilst Chilli and T-Boz were guest hosting a video countdown show, 106 & Park on BET, Chilli pretended to be asleep during the airing of R. Kelly’s ‘Ignition‘ remix video as a form of protest against him.

“When you’re young, that frontal lobe hasn’t closed up yet. So, your reasoning and all that kind of stuff, it’s not there, it’s not developed”, Chilli continues. “But the person older than you, should know better.”

And she doesn’t feel like the parents should take all the heat away from the main perpetrator. “People are like, ‘it’s the parents, it’s the parents’… it’s them as well. It’s not just one person, but it’s definitely the monsters, for sure.”

As well as hoping to collab with Weezer in the future, following their ‘No Scrubs’ cover which went viral, Chilli also mentions that she has a major tour announcement coming soon, so stay tuned!

Interview, Relationships

Chilli: “Cardi B Is The Only Female TLC Wish To Work With”

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It was a natural expectation that the genuine and mutual love and respect TLC and Cardi B have for each other would eventually spark the possibility of a collaboration between the two at some point in the hopeful future.

Speaking exclusively to People this week, Rozonda “Chilli” Thomas gave Cardi B some moral support, following the very public breakup with her husband, rapper Offset of The Migos, as well as revealing that Cardi B is the only female TLC wish to work with!

Chilli states that she and her fellow TLC bandmate Tionne “T-Boz” Watkins typically don’t collaborate with women in honor of their late bandmate Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes — who died suddenly in a car crash in 2002 — she said they would be open to working with Cardi B.

“I don’t usually like to collaborate with females, and the reason why is because of Lisa,” she said. “That is just a little weird for me, personally. But I think with Cardi B, she is an exception to the rule. TLC and Cardi B all day long. We’ve gotten a lot of love from Cardi. It’s really an honor.”

Cardi has publicly paid tribute to the iconic ’90s girl group multiple times. During her Coachella performance in April, she wore a custom design inspired by TLC’s style. She also mentioned TLC in her single “Be Careful” and Left Eye on her song “Thru Your Phone.”

Speaking on the breakup: “I have gone through a public breakup, and it is not easy,” Chilli said, referencing her split from Usher in 2003. “When strangers know your business and want to chime in while you’re still dealing with the pain yourself, it’s difficult. Breakups are hard on anyone, but can you imagine if strangers knew your business? It’s rough.”

“I am proud of her for being strong and standing up for herself during a time that is obviously a very hurtful one,” Chilli, 47, said. “She has a strong sense of self. That’s why fans have connected with her this way. She talks about her highs and lows; she is fearless.”

Chilli thinks Cardi “is braver” than she was because she “just sort of shut down” when her two-year relationship with Usher came to an end. After Chilli and Usher split, many thought the songs off his album Confessions— which hinted at an affair and impregnating another woman — were about their relationship, though Chilli has since denied this.

For more on Chilli’s words of support for Cardi B and to learn more about her latest fashion venture with DAYO Women, head over to People.com
You can catch TLC on tour in January 2019.
Announcement, Lifestyle, Television

Chilli Gets Yung Joc Eating Healthy With New Show ‘Fix My Plate’

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With Chilli being such a health conscious person, who not only works out regularly but eats the right food, it was only a matter of time for her passion to come full circle, work-wise!

Chilli announced that she is working on a brand new cooking show she is calling Fix My Plate which will feature her helping some of her industry friends change some of their unhealthy cooking habits and find an alternative and healthier way to cook.

This week, Chilli was caught filming an episode for the show with rapper Yung Joc, as they took time out to talk to TMZ Live to explain what to expect on the show.

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Chilli with guest Yung Joc

I’m doing this because a lot of people want to eat healthy, but they don’t know what to do, or they don’t want to stop eating all the bad stuff“, Chilli told TMZ. “What I do is find out what they like, and then find the healthier version of that.”

Nearly 40 percent of Americans are trying to eat more plant-based foods, according to a Nielsen Homescan survey.

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Production for @fixmyplatetv this am! Stay tuned…..

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A meat-free product Chilli swears by, that she introduced to Yung Joc, is the Beyond Meat range. “What I’m gonna do [to get him off his regular consumption of fried chicken] is make him a Beyond burger“, Chilli says.

It’s loaded with protein and it’s plant based, the texture is amazing, it’s so good!

Beyond Meat has sold 25 million of its “Beyond Burgers” since 2016, according to the company.

Restaurants, including TGI Friday’s, sell it on its menu. White Castle sells the Impossible Burger, which Eater magazine called “one of the country’s best fast-food burgers, period” in April.

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Chilli with actor Blue Kimble

Chilli is very clear on the importance of making small changes when it comes to changing one’s eating habits.

I think you have to take baby steps, you can’t just jump into it, because when you do it like that, you won’t stick to it, you’ll fall apart.

The show is still currently in production and will be with us in 2019.

For further updates you can subscribe to the website fixmyplate.tv and you can follow on Instagram at @fixmyplatetv.

Director: French Spencer.

Executive producers: French Spencer, Chilli, Christal Jordan of Enchanted PR.

On a sidenote, peep Chilli in the kitchen with Snoop Dogg and Martha Stewart cooking up some chili!
Interview, Lifestyle

Chilli Reveals Acupuncture and Red Light Therapy Keeps Her Healthy

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There isn’t a more perfect example of the phrase “black don’t crack” than Rozonda “Chilli” Thomas. One third of the 1990’s R&B group, TLC, Chilli hasn’t appeared to age since the day the group entered the music scene over 25 years ago.
After dominating the charts with TLC’s four multi-platinum albums, Chilli is showing no lines of slowing down — professionally or physically.
Despite many years of touring, performing, and life on the road, Chilli has maintained her physique and youthful glow thanks to being disciplined and figuring out a regimen that works best for her. And it’s clearly working.

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Mainly, because the 47-year-old mom takes her health very seriously.
“You have to take care of the temple like God wants us to,” Chilli told ESSENCE exclusively. “Your older self will tell what the younger self did. The earlier you start, the better.”
Besides God laying his hands on her, what exactly does Chilli do to maintain her youthful glow?
“I do acupuncture,” she revealed. “I do a lot of different things to make sure inflammation is not in my body. Most people have inflammation, they don’t even know it because they don’t feel it at the time.”
She continued, “A good chiropractor is also essential because your hips and stuff are not balanced. You don’t know it until you lay on that table and you see one leg is longer.”

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And with so many new fads on the market promising to reverse aging, remove fine lines and get rid of that stubborn fat, it’s often hard to determine what’s going to have health benefits for the long run. For Chilli, she undergoes cryotherapy, or cold therapy, regularly.
“I also do red light therapy. That’s also good for inflammation,” she said. “It’s an LED light and it doesn’t burn your skin, but it helps with arthritis. Even if your skin has acne and stuff like that, you can find red light therapy. I suggest doing the whole body. That’s what I do on a consistent basis. I don’t ever feel like I have any injuries.”

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Finally, she said that the real key to looking as amazing as she does it eating right — a lot. “That helps and you can enjoy life a lot longer,” she said.
Welp, there you have it. If you’ve ever wanted to know how Chilli does it — now you know.

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By Kimberley Wilson for Essence