In their 1998 hit duet “The Boy Is Mine,” Monica and Brandy battle in such glorious harmony. Then, alas, life imitated art, and a quarrel resulted in a decades’ long feud. Will the women mend fences? Monica appears willing, but Brandy — less so.
During an appearance on The Real, Loni Love referenced Brandy’s dismissal of a Twitter challenge initiated by Monica.
“There was a fan that sent a tweet to Brandy and asked her, ‘Would you do the #SoGoneChallenge?’ And she said, ‘Child, bye!’” Love told Monica.
But Monica didn’t seem perturbed.
“I’ll tell you on the real, I’m not bothered at all,” she responded. “Honestly, the old me and the new me are two different things. This journey of self-progression and self-love and empowerment that I’m on, I can’t go backward. I think that was just a test from God for me.”
Monica even lauded Brandy’s talent, referring to her as “legendary,” with “one of the most amazing voices.” Moreover, she’s perfectly willing to collaborate with her again.
“I would work with her again,” Monica begins. “It’s never been an easy situation, but the reason I would do it is because we are from a special elite group. It was her, Aaliyah, and myself. It was a very special time where each of us was individuals. We did our own thing, and we all made our mark. And the truth and reality of it is, the only Grammy either of us has is together. So yeah, I absolutely would.”
But before you entertain visions of Brandy joining Monica in a tearful performance of “Angel Of Mine,” followed by a warm, reconciling embrace, know that Brandy does not appear to share in Monica’s sentiments. After the show aired, Brandy posted the following to Instagram:
Note two of the hashtags in particular: #IKnowTHEREALStoryThatEverybodyDoesntKnow #PositivityIsTheOneThingYouShouldNotFake. They’re almost certainly directed at Monica. Apparently this post was briefly deleted from Brandy’s account, but as you see, it has returned.
Of course, only Monica and Brandy know what’s up, and a near-20 year rift must be difficult to patch. But please, ladies?
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