Things got really heated for singer Angie Stone during the R&B Divas Atlanta Season 3 reunion show. As host Wendy Williams probed into Angie’s love life with boyfriend/manager Ashanti Graves, Angie abruptly left the set and had a dramatic meltdown backstage, eventually returning to say she was done with the show. While Ashanti said Angie was just being emotional, it appears she was entirely serious; this week the soul singer released an official statement announcing her resignation from the series.
Angie’s rep, Kali Bowyer, told RumorFix, “[Angie Stone] walked away from the reality TV show R&B Divas: Atlanta due to the lack of professionalism on behalf of [the] production crew and she did not want to associate herself with that type of behavior and tricks of the trade. She was to be the voice of reason brought on under false pretenses and after speaking and consulting with pastor and church, it was not something she choose to allow in her life.”
In case you didn’t hear, Ashanti was apparently having an affair with one of the crew members of R&B Divas: Atlanta and the messy situation came to a boiling point when Wendy brought up the rumor that she and Ashanti had called it quits before the reunion. Angie, not one to air her dirty laundry, told RumorFix, “My personal relationships with — first my God — and any man is a private and respectful institution and will not be drug through the mud.”
Unfortunately for Angie, the nasty rumor appears to be true since her own rep called out the TV One employee for “crossing the line of professionalism … Pursuing a man who is in a committed relationship is disturbing on a multitude of levels.” However, an insider told Madame Noire that Angie is just using this one woman — whom Angie allegedly tried to physically attack at the reunion show — as a scapegoat for her boyfriend’s philandering ways.
“From what I hear, [Ashanti] has a few ‘friends.’ That’s the reality. Whether or not one of those friends was one of the people in our production crew, I don’t know. We’ve all heard and got wind of it. Everybody in the cast and crew knows,” said the insider. In addition, the source claims that while Angie says she has proof of the affair, she has yet to show it to the company and has since gone on to find new management with Love & Hip Hop Atlanta's Deb Antney, aka Waka Flocka Flame's mom.
It also appears Angie is done with Ashanti; on July 9 she tweeted, “Respect yourself enough to know to walk away from anything that no longer serves you, grows you, or makes you happy!” According to Angie’s rep, the reality TV star isn’t going to let this scandal rock who she is.
“Stone has been in this business for some 30 plus years, and will not allow anyone to attempt to tarnish her career or reputation, bottom line!” Kali told RumorFix.
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