Chrisette Michele has had a tough year, to say the least. The singer performed at Donald Trump’s inauguration in January to widespread disapproval. And in the months following, Michele now says she felt suicidal, was dropped from her label and suffered a miscarriage. But folks aren’t very sympathetic toward her.
In a series of Instagram posts on Friday, Oct. 27, Michele offered a glimpse into what her life has been like since defying critics by singing in Washington D.C. in January. She said she drank Bacardi, took Xanax and stayed holed up in her home and off social media.
“When a community sticks its middle finger up at you and completely forgets everything you’ve ever done, you’re worthless… You’ve just spent ten years kicking your own ass to be there for everyone and suddenly no one is there for you? I don’t need to be here….” she wrote.
Through her religion, she said, she was able to pull herself out of the darkness. In a separate post, she added that practicing yoga saved her life.
“If social media wanted to pull me down, I guess they succeeded as it pertains to Capitol & Caroline records,” the singer spilled in another post about her lost record deal. “I complete an entire album and my label decides to walk away from me. Capitol Records. I was quiet for a few days… I go into the studio and literally poured out my heart and soul and the label decides to walk away from me?”
Despite the hurt, Michele vows she’ll remain a “strong Black woman.”
But perhaps the most stunning post came when she posted about her miscarriage. The singer added that she fell back into her eating disorder, despite working with a trainer.
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“Something came out of me,” she wrote in the caption accompanied by an image of a miscarriage. “It was my child. The one my love and I worked so hard on. I never knew I could allow myself to be so broken that my physical body would break down. A miscarriage? Me?”
The response hasn’t been especially kind.
I see they cancelled you just like we did. That Trump performance was the wrong move sis
— gardensflower36 (@gardensflower36) October 27, 2017
Chrisette Michelle wants us to feel sorry for her cause she got dropped by her label….Girl, we tried to tell u Trump wasn't a good look pic.twitter.com/GM9vg98wxj
— 🎨 🖌🖍ArtsySneakerGeek (@BamaIntrovert) October 27, 2017
Chrisette Michelle has made it a point to insult our intelligence and act like WE just don't get it. Stay cancelled, sis.
— Rosa Parks Cab Driver 👩🏾✈️ (@eleven8) October 29, 2017
Folks went in even harder after it was discovered that her miscarriage photo was actually posted by a woman on a baby forum in 2014.
Chrisette Michelle has a pic of another woman’s miscarriage on Instagram, sang for Trump, got dropped from her label. She wants sympathy? pic.twitter.com/WwPsY4KhUB
— Neal Carter (@nealcarter) October 28, 2017
Like, I was not expecting that second picture on her IG post. She's doing a lot right now.
— I don't sell crack. I'm a prostitute. (@thejournalista) October 28, 2017
The fact Chrisette Michele posted on IG about her miscarriage & attached a bloody pic is troubling. Then find out the pic wasn't even hers.
— ManSitChoAzzDown (@AngryManTV) October 28, 2017
However, not everyone dissed the star.
I worked an event with Chrisette Michele a few years ago & she has a very sweet & kind spirit. It hurts me to see people drag her on social
— MoneyBagCo. 🪐🌿 (@Cora_Lynette) October 28, 2017
Ridiculous & unnecessary mean comments… Nobody should be shamed or abandoned because of their views or professional choices.
— Diane Seguin (@NOAFitnessNY) October 28, 2017
It’s still love, we all make mistakes.
— gC (@100CaliG) October 28, 2017