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Da Brat Says Haters Are Reason Why She Kept Relationship with Jesseca Dupart on the Low [VIDEO]

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*Da Brat recently confirmed in an emotional post in Instagram that she and businesswoman Jesseca Dupart are exclusively dating.

Now she’s opening up about her decision to make her relationship public after months of online speculation. 

During the Rickey Smiley Morning Show on Friday (March 27), Da Brat admitted that she was initially hesitant about going public with Dupart because she didn’t want to deal with the haters. 

“I have always been an advocate for privacy pretty much to protect the interest of the other party involved. Because if you’re not used to this life, and the scrutiny that comes with it, it can break you,” she explained, via BET.com.  “I’ve been talked about for way over 20 years or more, and my coat of armor is pretty thick, so I’ve learned what to say and what not to say, and the battles that I decide to choose to fight…most of the time I just stay silent and let people speculate.”

Jesseca recently shared a video of herself gifting Da Brat a pricey Bentley as an early birthday gift. In the caption, she slammed claims that they have been hiding their relationship, MadameNoire reports (see clip below). She also described the hip-hop star as her “better half” and “my forever.”

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On the Rickey Smiley Show last week, Da Brat explained why she wasn’t forthcoming about her sexuality during her rise to fame. 

“I’ve never confirmed anything because you know in the 90’s it wasn’t cool. It wasn’t cool back in the day. I’m a little nervous because I’m not really used to talking about this because I’m not a public person when it comes to my personal life,” Da Brat said. “But when you get blessed and somebody who wasn’t even looking loves you like you never been loved before, it’s like a whole different experience. Like Jill Scott says, she loves me from hair follicles down to my toenails.”

 

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This video was taken 3•16 …. Her birthday is 4•14 but with the way things were going and my excitement I couldn’t wait ?? it’s so crazy cuz I ordered a CUSTOM bow for the presentation and didn’t even wait on it ??? SHE HATES TO ACCEPT ANY GIFTS FROM ME , that’s y she was running . But she deserves the WORLD and so much more ? I’ve never been SOOOO happy and honestly think that it’s not only because of our connection but also because we really been to ourselves. But then all these videos keep popping up like we hiding ?? But WE BE IN PUBLIC ?? why is y’all hiding to get footage. My better half , my forever , my twin flame ??? @sosobrat HAPPY EARLY BIRTHDAY BABY BIRTHDAY ? ? ?

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Da Brat also had nothing but praise for her girlfriend.

“She inspires me, she believes in me, she motivates me, she accepts me for who I am — my past, my faults, mistakes. We can talk about anything and everything. There’s nothing I can’t talk about with her and it’s just amazing,” she said of Dupart. “On top of that, she spoil [sic] me. I’m already Da Brat, so I’m just blessed all the way around. I’ve never in all my years, and I came out in the 90s, I’ve never really opened up about anything personal because with new levels comes new devils. They out there and they’re coming for us, but we don’t care because we strong and we can get through anything together. I’m very happy to say I have somebody like BB Judy.”

Listen to Da Brat’s interview on the Rickey Smiley Show via the player above. 

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Alicia Keys Announces Launch of Her MasterClass [VIDEO]

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*Alicia Keys has teamed with MasterClass to share her songwriting approach in an online-video class.

Keys’ class is available through the $180 annual subscription plan, which generally consists of more than 3 hours of lessons. The plan also gives users access to the full catalog of 90-plus classes.

Here’s more from AOL:

In the 19 video lessons, the 15-time Grammy winner will teach a class on songwriting and producing, in which she’ll share her philosophies on how to unlock authenticity, empathy and vulnerability.

Shot in her personal studio, Keys will take members through her entire process, starting with developing lyrics at the piano in the Live Room, recording and layering vocals in the Iso Booth, and finally, arranging sonics in the Control Room. 

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“I cannot stress enough the power you have when you’re truly confident in yourself,” Keys said in announcing the class. “In my MasterClass, I’m excited to connect on a different level. We’re gonna talk about what I’ve learned, my process and how to access what’s inside of you, so you can connect and get it out into the world.”

Watch the trailer for Keys’ MasterClass course. 

Other music classes on MasterClass include: Usher, Christina Aguilera, Timbaland, St. Vincent, Sheila E., Danny Elfman, Reba McEntire, Jake Shimabukuro, Itzhak Perlman, Carlos Santana, Herbie Hancock and Hans Zimmer.

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Duchess Meghan Opens Up About Miscarriage: ‘I Tried to Imagine How We’d Heal’

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*Meghan, Britain’s Duchess of Sussex, revealed in an essay published in the New York Times on Wednesday that she suffered a miscarriage in July.

The former actress and wife of Prince Harry said the moment occurred while she was caring for her son Archie.

“I knew, as I clutched my firstborn child, that I was losing my second,” Meghan wrote, describing how she felt a sharp cramp, and dropped to the floor while holding her son. 

“Hours later, I lay in a hospital bed, holding my husband’s hand. I felt the clamminess of his palm and kissed his knuckles, wet from both our tears,” she wrote. “Staring at the cold white walls, my eyes glazed over. I tried to imagine how we’d heal.”

Meghan added: “Sitting in a hospital bed, watching my husband’s heart break as he tried to hold the shattered pieces of mine, I realized that the only way to begin to heal is to first ask, “Are you OK?”

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“Losing a child means carrying an almost unbearable grief, experienced by many but talked about by few,” she wrote.

“In the pain of our loss, my husband and I discovered that in a room of 100 women, 10 to 20 of them will have suffered from miscarriage. Yet despite the staggering commonality of this pain, the conversation remains taboo, riddled with (unwarranted) shame, and perpetuating a cycle of solitary mourning,” Meghan continued.

The duchess is receiving an outpouring of love on social media, with author Elizabeth Day writing on Twitter: “Chrissy Teigen and the Duchess of Sussex speaking openly about something that historically has given women so much pain, shame and trauma, is a game-changing step.

“I, and countless others, am so grateful to them. Beyond that, I simply want to tell them: I am so, so sorry.”

Prince Harry reportedly told the royal family about his wife’s miscarriage in the summer and they were “very supportive,” a royal expert says, Newsweek reports. 

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Gabourey Sidibe is Engaged, Boyfriend Brandon Frankel ‘Put A Ring On It’

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*Gabourey Sidibe is off the market. 

Her boyfriend, Brandon Frankel, has proposed and the actress, 37, shared the exciting news on social media.

On Tuesday, she posted a video of the two together on Instagram, flashing her engagement ring. Check out the post below. 

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“It’s weird that people think we’re already married but I guess our hearts and intentions for each other are just that clear to see,” Sidibe wrote. “My BFF proposed and now I get to hold him forever. The funniest man I’ve ever met. The sweetest human to exist. @brandontour made up a song for when i put my bonnet on at night. The second I look a bit stressed and overwhelmed, he jumps into action to take over what he can for me. Every moment with him is a joy.”

“He is the partner I thought I was too independent to need,” she continued. “I’ve learned so much about myself through him and I feel grateful and excited to learn more about the entire world with him by my side. My partner, my best friend, my cats’ daddy, my mans, my heart, my fiancé!!!”

 

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Frankel also shared the video, writing “I asked my best friend to marry me, and she said ‘YES’. So excited to spend the rest of my life with the most amazing, hilarious, beautiful, and inspiring woman I’ve ever known. I couldn’t imagine a life without you. We make the best team, and we make everything fun and memorable. I liked it, so I put a 💍 on it. Love you to the moon and back @gabby3shabby.”

According to The Daily Beast, Sidibe and Frankel have been dating since 2019.

Congrats to the happy couple!

 

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