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Up top is Ciara’s latest photo shoot with OK magazine. We’ve got more pics under the hood plus an interview where Ciara ends the tranny rumors once and for ball. Sorry, we meant all…
ESSENCE.COM: You recently commented on the ridiculous rumor that you were born a man and had undergone a sex change. Now that you’ve been voted one of People’s 100 Most Beautiful do you feel validated at all?
CIARA: I know I don’t look like a man, never did and never will. I don’t feel I need any validation. I don’t like to focus on the negative so I don’t worry about silly stuff like that. The rumors and comments are all for entertainment so I never looked to anyone for validation.
ESSENCE.COM: Folks criticized you for not opting to pull the duet you did with labelmate Chris Brown. Have you spoken to him since his legal woes?
CIARA: I haven’t spoken to him at all. The song we did together wasn’t a new record and is one of my favorite songs on my album and I just tried to stay focused on the music and not people’s personal’s lives.
ESSENCE.COM: When your album’s release was postponed the blogosphere was abuzz with speculations that Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson, who was also supposed to drop his album on the same day last year, was behind that decision. Is that true?
CIARA: (Laughs.) That’s crazy! He’s a good friend of mine and he seems to do a lot of great things and have a lot of power in that world, but pushing back my album? No, I wanted to take my time and finish perfecting my album. I’ve done this before and it was more about me not rushing and just choosing singles out of pocket. It was my decision to take my time. I hope to one day be an icon and that can’t be rushed. I admire people like Diddy and Oprah, so I plan to get my P-Oprah on and be a legend—one of the best entertainers of all time.