Viewers of the TV One reality show likely recall when Kelly accused Chante of being two-faced, but the “Love’s Taken Over” singer defended herself and questioned how truthful Kelly has been.
For one, Chante wondered how Kelly found time to star in Not Your Mama’s Monologues with Dawn Robinson when Kelly previously told Chante, Lil Mo, Michel’le and Claudette Ortiz that she didn’t have time to work with them on the project. Subsequently, two different monologue shows happened.
“It’s just kinda weird that she was too busy to do ours, but they did it the same night,” Chante told Sister 2 Sister.
The season 1 reunion show taped weeks ago but Chante said that experience didn’t do much to bring the ladies together.
“I think if people would tell the truth, things would be better, but people didn’t tell the truth,” said Chante who doubts Kelly’s story about the jar of Vaseline and Timberland boots she brought along to one memorable “Not Your Mama’s Monologues” rehearsal.
“If they were props, who was told to bring props? She wasn’t even participating in the rehearsals yet. She didn’t even do part of any monologue, any rehearsal, any practice, any warm-up at all,” reasoned Chante who pointed out that Kelly failed to offer that as an explanation for bringing the questionable items along.
“If that was your props, did she take that out in her ‘Not Your Mama’s Monologues’? Did she even use those [items in the production]?” Chante wondered.
While many viewers are Team Chante, Dawn and others sympathize with Kelly who wanted to bring her own director onto the project. However, it seemed like the former Bad Boy artist was too busy with other projects to give her full attention to the monologues. That’s when Chante and others moved forward with the director who was there to guide them.
According to Chante, if Kelly wanted to hire her own director, she had time to facilitate that before the ladies began rehearsing.
“There was at least 12 days from the time she knew that there was going to be a Fred to the time she actually came to rehearsal to change anything if that’s what she was going to do. If it was her ‘baby’ for real, the baby wouldn’t have ate for 12 days. Baby wouldn’t have had a diaper change. Baby wouldn’t have had a name. Baby wouldn’t have had nothing, if it was Kelly’s baby for that long without giving it attention,” she said.
Since Kelly wasn’t present when rehearsals first began, Chante reasoned that it might have been better for Kelly to jump on the bandwagon that was already in motion, but instead she seemed to slow down the project that was already being rushed.
“You want us to start again with someone we don’t know who to me is not even qualified… What we had to do was be respected. We had to be taken into account, that we count at all, that we matter at all and then, stop lying,” she said.
Chante explained that she never imagined the monologues would happen without Kelly, but she was pleased with the end product.
“They did come out like I thought they would. They’re just not with everybody I thought they would be with. I thought she would be a part of it,” said Chante. “She was always going to be a part of whatever it was. That was always a given to me, but I didn’t expect things to turn out the way they did.”