Brandy and Monica’s rivalry has been reignited after the longtime foes honored their idol Whitney Houston on Instagram.
Monica began the day by sharing a photo and birthday caption for the late icon. “Happy Heavenly Birthday Nippy,” she wrote. “You still inspire many & touch hearts daily… You will forever be the greatest …. You will forever be missed.”
Hours later, Brandy posted her own birthday greeting for Houston. “You live on in me,” she wrote. “I can feel your Spirit inside of me and all around me. My angel, my friend, my fairy God Mother. I love you forever… thank you for trusting me with the torch!!! I remember every moment with you and I and I will cherish these miraculous moments forever and ever! I love you.”
The latter post received a bevy of criticism from fans, who claimed she was putting the focus on herself. “Brandy is officially a egomaniac, self centered asshole,” wrote a fan named @_MaddMoneyy_. “Stop using Whitney Houston as a way to stay relevant. #ISaidWhatISaid.”
Another Twitter user named @LookAtDustin added: “There’s a BIG difference in Monica & Brandy’s posts about Whitney today. Only one of them was actually about Whitney.”
Once Brandy caught wind of the criticism, she fired a lengthy Instagram comment aimed at her “Boy Is Mine” collaborator. “Monica needs to really check her evil ass fans,” she wrote. “It’s so much stuff I can post about the hateful things they say to me… but I will never have time for that. Always thinking something is about her. It’s not!!!!…Me and Whitney have nothing to do with anyone but the two of us…we made history and I cared more about being with her than I did about anything else.”
She continued by referring to Monica’s fans as “hating ass pigeons” and more. “Come get your hating ass pigeons and put them in their place the way I did for you when the starz was out of place,” she wrote. “They’re low key Brandy fans anyway… always lurking and always creating new pages talking to Me. I’m not to be F–ked with today! If this was rap or hip hop you would be praised for speaking your mind but since it’s rnb you have to take the so called high road… well because I can rap just look at this as my high road.”
Brandy and Monica have been closely linked since their 1998 hit, “The Boys Is Mine.” Their feud has been longstanding and there have even been rumors of a physical altercation between the two. But just last year, Monica said that she was willing to collaborate with her longtime foe again.
“I would work with her again,” she said. “It’s never been an easy situation, but the reason I would do it is because we are from a special elite group. It was her, Aaliyah, and myself and it was a very special time where each of us were individuals, we did our own thing, and we all made our own mark. And the truth and reality of it is that the only Grammy either of us has is together. So, that to me says something special. So yeah, I absolutely would.”