Michelle

R&B Divas have wrapped up another season, and this season’s reunion host was gossip extraordinaire, Wendy Williams.  Not only did Williams get the scoop on the drama surrounding the stars of the show, she also was able to dig a little deeper into the personal life of singer, Michel’le. In discussing plastic surgery and a nose job, Michel’le revealed her nose was broken by an ex-boyfriend.  Williams, by a process of elimination, realized Michel’le was referring to her relationship with Dr. Dre.  Michel’le explained why she stayed in the relationship, and how of all people, Suge Knight helped her escape the relationship.

Here’s how the interview went down:

Wendy: The nose is very obvious, you’ve also talked about abuse. Pardon the blogs and me if we try to put to and two together. Was your nose broken by, say,  one of your baby’s fathers?

Michel’le: Yeah, one of my boyfriends hit me and crooked it, so I had to try and straighten it and it took years because it cost a lot of money.”

Wendy: One of your baby’s fathers we’re speaking of, broke your nose?

Michel’le: Absolutely.

Wendy: And you stayed?

Michel’le: I stayed because my father had never told me he loved me until just the last three years when my mom died, so I think I had to go back and figure that out. It’s in my book but I think that had a lot to do with that. Getting beat was love to me.  Believe it or not when I got with Suge he really didn’t beat me. I asked him, ‘Why aren’t you beating me? You don’t like me?’ I asked him that. He thought, naw that’s not…

Wendy: By saying Suge didn’t beat you, the finger is pointing at you Dr. Dre…

Michel’le: He knows it. It was very public. It was very, very public so that wasn’t a secret. I did five videos and we had to cover three black eyes. It seemed like the day before the video, I would get a black eye and had to cover it. But it was okay because I loved him. I truly, truly, truly thought he loved me. I didn’t take it as anything bad, nor did I grow up seeing it in my household.  I finally realized that that wasn’t good, and believe it or not the person who helped me see that was Suge, he helped me see that it wasn’t a normal thing. He tried to do that one time to me but I fought back. He tried to rough me up but by that time I was over it. Things flying. I was ready then. By the time I got out the hospital [laughs].  I know it sounds really crazy but it was my life. I can truly say that a lot of things that happened in my life, saved my life. Everything I’m going through saved my life.

Who knew “Beats By Dre” was an actual “thing”, besides headphones.

  • Jae Bee

    Wonder if Dre beats on his wife…

    Miche’le sounds like she needs some counseling.

  • http://gravatar.com/geenababe geenababe

    According to another site I go on this was public knowledge that Dre beats on his women and they referred to the Dee Barnes incident. I didn’t know Dre was/is a woman beater. I thought that Suge was the one beating on her. It crazy how most of these women on these reality shows and in real life have said they have been hit or in an abusive relationship. We have all this education and information about abuse that you would think the numbers would be going down. However, it seems to be going up with women coming from everywhere saying they were hit by a spouse like it’s a rite of passage for some women.I like Michel’le and I wish her well. I wonder how Dre is going to respond to all this

  • Anthony

    That is sad. When I first saw the picture, I was thinking, “what’s up with that bad nose job,” now I know she was forced into fixing damage that Dre inflicted on her. When Suge Knight is the less violent person you have dated, you know you have lived a rough life!

  • GirlSixx

    “When Suge Knight is the less violent person you have dated, you know you have lived a rough life!”

    You said exactly what I was thinking…. *smh*

  • The Comment

    Not so long ago when hip hop video shows were syndicated……a very brilliant black VJ named D. Barnes was severely beat down by none other than Dr. Dre. I mean ole girl had to go to the hospital. If social media had been around then…this would have ended his career right then and there. It was horrible that he got away with beating up a chick for asking questions.

    Michelle, like many women, found herself in an impossible situation; she came from an abused situation and found herself being abused by her lovers. Which is sad cause she is soo beautiful and talented. Why she never had a voice over career in commercials and cartoons is beyond me.

    I’m glad this reality show gave her a platform to hopefully revive her career that was short lived.

    She game me a a million other west coast chicas something to be proud about during the very exciting times of west coast rap in the 80s.

  • Beautiful Mic

    Real men don’t cheat on, lie to, or abuse women.

  • The RealKay

    I remember how he beat up Dee Barnes back in the day for something that Ice Cube actually said. He was angry that she allowed him the space to criticize him. So he confronted her and beat her up with a bunch of witnesses. Of course everyone, including Dre himself, blamed Dee Barnes for it all. So in light of that, I’m not really surprised.

  • Cocochanel31

    I’m not surprised..hopefully Dre has changed his ways. Michele was not trying to throw shade but Wendy got the truth out of her! I’m sure Dre ready to beat her A** again for letting that cat out the bag! smh. Was glad to hear Suge was not violent..to the surprise of many.

  • MimiLuvs

    I always had an interest, in regards to relationship violence, in particular the ‘types’ of victims. I always the reasons of why a woman would stay in the relationship, especially if her upbringing does not fit the profile of a typical abused woman.

  • The Comment

    So glad that you have an “interest” in violent relationships and not apart of a global epidemic.

    What is most important to know is that any woman can be abused at any age by anyone–anywhere. Abuse is subtle and usually happens when the woman has already invested her heart and soul into the relationship.
    Sit down at any family gathering and you will hear 3 types of stories; Women who went on a first date with a guy who turned out to be a nut job. When they found out he was a nut job–they took the proper action and jumped out of the moving car and ran for safety. Women who married & had kids by the nut job who naturally abused the wife/& or kids and she is now all jacked up because of it. She will either leave him or die in misery. And there is the last group of women who didn’t take the abuse lying down but SNAPPED and killed the nut job for which they have a show to honor those women.

  • TC

    On the show she said Suge tried once but said by then he wasn’t having it and fought back.

  • CAsweetface

    I’ve been reading several pieces lately about the brutality against women in India and thinking what a nightmare these women in certain developing Countries have to endure. Then you realize through friends traumatic relationships, stories like this, that there really is no safe place in the world if a woman relies upon and is in the hands of weak minded emotionally unstable man. Masculinity and its warped constructs needs a total global overhaul. So freaking sad and unacceptable.

  • KKay

    It’s complicated. It can be self-esteem, fear, or a whole slew of things.

    I think back to an lady who was pretty successful women, came from a very religious family, was raised ‘right’ and was basically a very nice women. But she stayed with my family member even after he beat on her and gave her a STD. One reason was because he told her no one else would want her. She wasn’t skinny, but she wasn’t obese and even back in the day – 80′s they had black women scared about finding and keeping a man. Another was fear. She actually called another one of my family members and asked her if she thought he would hurt her if she left. This woman promptly told her to get a gun and shoot him if he tried because sometimes the only thing the violent men in my family understood was violence.

    She did finally leave him (thankfully) and in her case, my family member was more bark than bite (yes, he did threaten to kill her). But the same cannot be said for everyone. Each situation has to be looked at differently. In this lady’s case, she had a job and could stand on her own two feet without him and had the support of family (ours and hers). But that’s not the case for everyone.

    Some may be bullied or guilted into staying by other family members. While others may have no recourse but to stay with them because of finances. For some the threat of death is very real. Those are just the reasons off the top of my head; there are many, many more.

    Like I said at the beginning, the issues are complicated and the situation is not easily solved.

  • http://gravatar.com/noirluv45 noirluv45

    MimiLuvs, having worked for my city’s domestic violence unit, I can say that many women stay because they are fearful of leaving, and have every reason to be, they have nowhere to go (i.e., no support), and they have no money because the abuser controls the funds. Leaving an abuser is very dangerous. Many women have been killed doing so.

    These women are often in a catch-22 position. Shelters are packed to the brim. There are not enough of them for all the abused out there. It can be very complicated.

    I just wanted to add that.

  • Playwitit

    He beat the shit out of Dee Barns in a night club as well. Fuck Dr. Dre.

  • Playwitit

    He beat up Dee Barns and everyone acted like it was totally ok behavior. Easy E said she deserved it and Eminem downplayed the violence in a song saying Dre only slapped her.

  • MommieDearest

    From that point on I have thought of Dre as nothing but a punk. How’s he going to beat up woman (he chased her into the ladie’s room and had her trapped in there) for something Ice Cube said? He didn’t have the guts to confront a MAN for what that MAN said, so he steps to a woman? GTFOH….

    Punk azz.

    Michel’le’s singing voice was the BOMB back in the day. There are few artists who can touch her. I hope she gets back in the studio.

  • MommieDearest

    I used to volunteer at a women’s shelter a few years ago. I’ve seen so much and heard so many stories… It’s heart breaking.

    One day when I was there, a woman and her daughter had just arrived. The woman told me that she used to be a volunteer at a shelter. She never thought she would need one herself. That really caught my attention. DV can happen to any woman. You never really know.

  • noodle

    She does need it….

  • noodle

    You are right, it says a lot about women who date them.

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