Two decades after the release of her debut album, Kelis isn’t mincing her words. In an interview with the Guardian she has revealed why the creative partnership eventually turned sour. She was reportedly told by Hugo and Pharrell that she would get an even split, but that later turned out not to be the case.The Neptunes fully produced both of her first two albums: 1999’s Kaleidoscope and 2001’s Wanderland. What seemed to be a safe creative space turned out to be the opposite, as she was “lied to and tricked,” she claims. “I was told we were going to split the whole thing 33/33/33, which we didn’t do,” Kelis claimed, holding Pharrell and Hugo’s management team and attorneys liable in the mess as well.
During the conversation with the Guardian, she also touched upon her allegedly abusive relationship with ex-husband Nas. She said she felt compelled to leave him after she saw the photographs of Rihanna after she was assaulted by Chris Brown. “It just woke me up,” Kelis said, adding that her pregnancy made her realise how urgently she needed to leave. “I can endure a lot, but I’m not prepared to bring someone else into this. So I’m done.”
Kelis got together with Nas when she was young, which she attributes to why she didn’t see the “red flags” early on. “I was really young and didn’t know that love isn’t enough,” she continued. “It was crazy from the start, but I think as girls we’re taught that that’s what love is, like you can’t breathe without them. What kind of shit is that? I want to breathe!”
Read also: Nas Denies Ex-Wife Kelis’ Abuse Allegations