Chrisette Michele is aware of the wave of backlash she got for posting a graphic miscarriage photo on Instagram. The singer acknowledged the now-deleted picture was not hers during an appearance on “The Breakfast Club” Thursday, Nov. 2, but explained why she needed to share it.
“When what was happening to me was happening to me, I didn’t think to take a photo,” Michele explains. “But many women did and many women post their photos on different websites to see what’s going on with their body. So I think myself identifying with somebody else’s photo, I wanted to know the severity of what I experienced. And so I put something up to show it. … I just couldn’t let this be a moment where it falls on deaf ears.
“Until you’ve been through a miscarriage, you can’t really tell somebody how to deal with it,” she says. “But me sort of coming clean was important to who I am.”
The former “R&B Divas” star said the stress of the last few months after Donald Trump’s inauguration led to her miscarriage and caused her PCOS and endometriosis to flare up. She mentioned she had an ovary removed and said the weight of her being associated with Trump — who she doesn’t support — and the hatred online was “a lot on my body.”
“I regret everything that happened. I think that was a bad choice,” Michele says of performing at the inauguration. “I know you guys were like, ‘Chrisette, that’s crazy,’ but a lot of times when you have a message of hope, a lot of times when you have a message of healing … you think, ‘Man if I just tell people it’s gonna be OK, they’ll hear me.’
“When I sing a gospel song at my concerts, those are usually the songs that get the most response so I just thought bringing that to that moment would be helpful,” she adds. “And I was wrong and I offended a lot of people.”
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That doesn’t mean Michele felt Trump would make a good president. But she felt there needed to be a message of hope. Still, she acknowledges that the inauguration was “the wrong time and the wrong place” to speak it.
While Michele spoke openly on the radio program and lamented the social media hate, some listeners were skeptical.
Y'all I'm still unsettled by this Chrisette Michelle Breakfastclub interview. pic.twitter.com/s5ESCMyDgB
— ✊🏾✨Junie✨✊🏾 (@Swagg_Sauce) November 2, 2017
Listening to the Breakfast Club and Chrisette Michelle is full of shit. LMAO
— Cinnamon Apple🇳🇬 (@itsLenaB) November 2, 2017
Chrisette Michelle came on the breakfast club with the natural trying to show she still black.
— Braeden Garden (@platinumarch2) November 2, 2017
I cant sympathize with Chrisette Michelle .. Watching this Breakfast Club interview only made it worse
— Exhibit A (@CrownedPrince__) November 2, 2017