So we’re starting to see more of you on ‘Celebrity Apprentice.’ Did you intentionally play low-key in the beginning? If you don’t keep up drama, they don’t show you anyway, and I just feel like they have their favorites. If you’re not into it then Trump’s not into you, and that’s just the way I feel about it. He likes poker, he likes golf, Playboy bunnies and he likes sports and that’s his thing. You had your big win on episode four and won a check for your charity. How did that feel? It was a bittersweet night for me because I won, but they made it so depressing with the alcohol thing with Dennis Rodman so it almost took the glory out of winning. As far as me, it was heartwarming because sickle cell is something I’m very passionate about being that I have the disease and I’m a national spokesperson. I do a lot of things because I want to help others, but I want to be that chick that’s here to see my daughter grow old. I want to be a grandmother. I want to cheer for all of us, and it’s really a personal struggle and a fight for me.
Alicia Keys got you and Chilli to reunite and perform on last year’s BET Awards. How did it make you feel that a singer who wasn’t even in a girl group professionally wanted to celebrate TLC, SWV and En Vogue like that? I love Alicia and that was the only reason I did it. We’ve never said yes to perform with anybody, ever. She is one of those people that you respect and feel honored to be asked and that’s why we said yes. I don’t count the BET Awards as a real TLC performance. That was just a mess altogether. That was a terrible day for me. It wasn’t a regular TLC show anyway. At a real TLC show, we run things and are energetic and dance. That was just a hot mess. I’m very excited to do what we do, and I’ll be back in my element. That sure wasn’t my element. I’m happy to be back, and we’ll be doing it the way that we do it. When you hear stories about what’s going on with Destiny’s Child and Kelly Rowland having to fire Matthew Knowles to finally get attention, what are your thoughts? They get mad when I say this, but I don’t give a damn. It was all about Beyonce anyway. She was my favorite, too, but come on. Her parents are over everything. Who do you think they were going for? It’s always Beyonce. It was supposed to be exactly the way it is now, Bey is on top. I love Beyonce, and I am a fan of hers. She was my favorite in the group even before they were Destiny’s Child and they were the Baby Dolls. She was so cute and pretty. I like all of them, and I wish Kelly the best. When you’re in a girl group, you have differences, and you have to learn how to respectfully agree to disagree. There are a lot of things that happen behind the scenes that people don’t know about. Some girl groups have girls trying to steal other girls’ boyfriends and that’s the ultimate no-no. You have situations like the Kelly thing and Beyonce’s parents. You can say that I’m out for everybody, but if Lisa was to bring somebody in that’s her boyfriend, then I’m gonna feel like you got Lisa’s back more than mine, and that’s gonna be a no-no. I just think that brings a conflict of interest in the beginning. That would have been a hard group for me to be in, because I would have been like your mommy and daddy are running things and they’re gonna have you at heart the most. That’s just how I feel. There are currently no girl groups in the music business. They all seem to break up. Why do you think it’s like that? I feel like girls are anal, bitchy and bitter. They’re jealous, envious and compete with each other even though they say they don’t. It always brings issues. They can’t differentiate that this is business, and we don’t have to be best friends. We just have to work together. People have a hard time living with that, because it becomes fake and you have to keep up this whole façade, and you just can’t deal with it and break up. At the end of the day, it’s about making money and having a career. Nobody said you have to go home and hug every day. Some girls can’t deal with that, and I’ve always had girl problems. Girls and me just don’t mix. They’ve always been jealous, tried to take my boyfriends and lie on me. I get it because I’ve always had that happen to me. That’s why I would never do a girl group again. I’m happy to have been with the two I was with, but I would never bring another girl in and start a new group. You don’t have to worry about that with me. Damn Tionne, we thought that you were a little shy. Guess the hell not. Source