Here's What's Going On With The Chris Brown And Tinashe Drama

If you have taste, you know the singer Tinashe. She's behind hits like "2 On," "All Hands on Deck," and my personal fave, "Cold Sweat."

Close-up of Tinashe at a media event
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She recently appeared on the Zach Sang Show, where she was asked about her previous collabs with R. Kelly and Chris Brown, both of whom have been subject to abuse allegations.

Close-up of Tinashe at a media event wearing a thick studded choker

“You think I wanted to [do those songs]?” Tinashe said of their collabs. “I literally block out that R. Kelly song from my mind — I forget that it even exists."

Close-up of Tinashe at a media event smiling and wearing a bejeweled choker
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She said, in hindsight, it's "so embarrassing" and "unreal" that she ever worked with Kelly, given his long and well-documented history of abuse. "I was so young, too, which is crazy because I feel like I did that song when I just signed to that label. I was probably like 20," she continued, referring to RCA Records.

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Zach then said she must have "lack[ed] a lot of control in that situation...if any," to which she replied, yes, "1,000%."

Close-up of Tinashe speaking to a reporter
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“Especially when it comes to singles. Like, for example, that song with Chris, that was a song that… We all wanted it to be this big moment, this big single. So I feel like in [the label’s] mind, they were like, ‘You need the support.’ And [Chris] was like their biggest artist that they had on rhythmic radio at the time.”

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She said that to her, it didn't make sense musically to put Chris on that particular song: “I was like, ‘Well, this is a pop song, so I really don’t feel like we should put Chris on it like that. I don’t like that. That doesn’t compute to me.’”

Close-up of Tinashe at a media event

Chris seemed to take offense to that because he posted this on IG:

Comment: "NAME 5 TINASHE songs or die — EVERYBODY DEAD" with skull emoji

He also reposted this message about a "hate campaign" against him...

From his IG story: "N*ggas be secretly fans behind closed doors and listen to @chrisbrownofficial must just as much as we do" and "Smh these are the same people who advocate against bullying and being treated fair"

...and appeared to say that Tinashe's career is "nonexistent."

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People didn't really understand it because Tinashe's issue was with her former label for forcing them to do a pop song together — not with Chris himself.

Close-up of Tinashe at a media event in a bejeweled halter top
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One person said it was "just childish."

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Another mused that if they had a "gun to the head, [they] couldn’t name you 5 chris brown songs but [they] could name 5 crimes he’s committed," which earned over 40,000 likes.

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Tinashe hasn't publicly responded to Chris, but we'll see if she does.

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