K. Michelle recently appeared on the Arsenio Hall show to chat about her up bringing, life in Memphis, Tennessee., loving country music, and her mean-girl character on VH1’s Love & Hip Hop.
The “Loyal” singer also believes that there some bloggers out there who need to send her check “for all the traffic her name and drama has sent to their sites.”
Here’s a few highlights from the interview:
On her behavior on the show:
“I realize, when I was walking down the street people would run to the other side, that they might not perceive it as good all the time,” she said.
“They think I’m mean. But really, if you ask the producers of the show, they will tell you that I was actually the calmest one on the show. I just had the best climax, so that’s what you got to see.”
On fans thinking they know her inside, out:
“I don’t think it’s fair at all because they don’t KNOW me. You know what you see of me at that moment. You will react the same way as me to a lot of those situations,” she said.
“I’m just bold enough to do it in your face and not care. So, those reactions from those blogs and everything, I make their hits go up. So they should thank me and or maybe even send me a check.”
On growing up in Memphis and musical influences:
“I grew up in Memphis, Tennessee. I actually grew up loving country music. I play classical piano. I play guitar. My parents would put me in a closet, it wasn’t child abuse so don’t get scared. They’d put me in a closet and it was the biggest closet in the house and I would just sing to the top of my lungs so I always knew I wanted to sing,” she said.
“I had this vocal teacher named Bob Westbrook. He trained Justin Timberlake, Britney Spears, a lot of the Miss America people. When my mother took me to him and said, ‘She wants to sing,’ he said, ‘No offense, but when she goes through these competitions, they’re going to expect her to sing certain things like Aretha, maybe Whitney. How about we try something and introduce her to new music?’ So the first tape I ever got was The Judds. I saw The Judds. I love the Judds. And he taught me how to yodel and then I got a scholarship to Florida A&M.”
Watch the interview clips below:
She also performed her hit single, “Can’t Raise Man”:
Right after the interview, K. Michelle updated her fans via Twitter about being in the studio filming her upcoming reality TV show:
“Filmed my TV show today, did Arsenio, now I’m about to get in this booth and release all night,” she tweeted. “Luv’n this music thing.”
Are you excited about K. Michelle’s new show following her departure from Love and Hip Hop?