Hot off the release of her seventh album, 11:11 Reset, Keyshia Cole opens up about the high-profile divorce that inspired her emotionally-charged LP.
Speaking with “The Breakfast Club,” the R&B songstress revealed how she’s been able to overcome the heartache caused by her separation from former NBA star Daniel “Boobie” Gibson. “All those emotions are gone. I don’t feel anything,” she said. “I prayed for that. There was times when I would really wonder why and ask myself, ‘Is it you?’ I just realized that with or without me, you’re still gonna be a slucket-bucket. That’s jokingly but seriously joking. You just have to realize. Ain’t no hard feelings. It happened the way it happened. Everything happens for a reason.”
Although the emotions are gone, the questions are not. When asked if Gibson is currently asking for spousal support and full custody of their child, Cole said it “could be” true.
“He said no, but so, why was the paperwork filed if you say no?” she said. “I don’t want to talk about it. I don’t want to listen. I don’t want to hear it…He says it’s not true. I’m hoping that wouldn’t be the case. I’m hoping he would never try to do that.”
Watch the rest of the interview, in which Cole talks about her estranged father, her mother’s apparent drug abuse, and her latest album, and read additional quotes from the conversation below.
On 11:11 Reset: “It’s angel numbers and significant to you being aligned with your destiny, realizing that every thing that’s happening is happening for a reason. Then, I named the album that a while ago and then I found out a couple of months ago, that I was born at 11:11.”
On Her Hearts & Stars Imprint: “This is all good stuff I’m paying for out of my pocket. I’ve been paying for billboards and for a lot of things to happen personally. I got my own imprint at Epic and I’m owning my masters.”
On D-I-Y Spirt: “I shot the cover of the album in my living room. Literally, I paid for the photographer to come down. I did my own styling. I had the stylist come, but I had my own vision for that. The video, I had my own vision for that. Everything I’ve been seeing in my head for so long, with this project. Paying for all of the promotion and everything like that, it’s my vision so I’m proud to have this moment and be able to do it my own way.”
On Meeting Her Estranged Father: “Me being blessed with him in my life finally, I was able to look at family members and actually identify finally with people that I felt like, ‘Oh my God! We have the same eyes!'”
On Her Mother: “It’s been a while since I’ve spoken with her. She kind of made me upset. It was a whole big thing awhile ago. Actually, they were trying to get her on ‘Love & Hip Hop’ but I was just like, ‘No. It’s just not that time. I’ve done that before. She promised she would get better and it’s not for people to see like that.’ My whole thing was her getting better and actually changing but I’m not doing that. I had her out there and I was actually gonna try to clean her up a bit, get her all nice, get her dolled up, and she just ran off Mother’s Day. Just ran off. Got me in the streets looking for her, all in L.A., running through the streets with a Uber…I’m like, ‘You need to come on, get in the car.’ …I’m assuming [she’s back on drugs]. she was in Skid Row. But my thing was, it hurt me that it was Mother’s Day. You disappeared when my child was looking. I was crying to her and I said, ‘Ma, I feel like one day I’ma come looking for you and I ain’t gonna find you.’ She was like, ‘You’ll be alright.’ I was like, ‘I need a break.'”
On Dating: “Yeah. I mean, sorta yeah. There is somebody but it’s a slow kinda procedure with the whole getting to know each other thing and it takes time. People make mistakes and learn.”
On “Love & Hip Hop”: “I felt like it was a great platform to showcase the music and just be a good driver for the album.”