Usher’s 2003 album “Confessions” is his best selling album to date, with over 10 million copies sold in the United States alone. Sales of the album was helped by the performer’s breakup with Chilli of the R&B group TLC.
On the album Usher admits to several instances of infidelity and even fathering a child with his mistress – the perfect dish for gossip-hungry fans. As it turned out however, the titillating tales were those of the album’s primary producer, Jermaine Dupri.
Dupri’s admission did little to deter sales and now 10 years later, Chilli admits that Dupri was telling the truth and more importantly, Usher never cheated on her.
Chilli recently spoke with Us Weekly while promoting VH1’s biopic “Crazy Sexy Cool: The TLC Story,” which tells the story of the ups and downs of the R&B group.
“We were together when he recorded that album,” said Chilli, who had a two-year relationship with Usher.
“All of those songs on Confessions, that was about Jermaine Dupri’s situation. Usher was just singing it. But people kind of bought into it, it was just the timing of our breakup when the album came out.”
“So people assumed that album was about us, but it was not,” she continued. “And Usher and I weren’t oil and water. We broke up because ,I guess, it was that time or whatever,” she added wistfully: “He was that real love for me.”
“In any relationship, even when it came to my relationship with Usher, when it was time to make a move, I had to do that,” she said. “I don’t care how much my heart was hurting, sometimes you’re just supposed to be with people for a reason and it’s not always a lifetime. Even if you want it to be, it just doesn’t work out that way.”
“But I’ll always love him, forever, because he was my first adult love, a real love,” she added. “But we’re cool, we’re really cool. There’s no hard feelings, nothing like that. It’s all good.”