VH1's biopic CrazySexyCool: The TLC Story treated fans to an intimate look at Rozonda "Chilli" Thomas's tumultuous on-again-off-again relationship with music producer Dallas Austin — but what viewers may not realize is that Chilli had another high-profile relationship in the early 2000s. And while Dallas will always be in her life as the father of her child, Chilli regards this other music pro as her first "real love."
Think you know this guy's identity? It's none other than R&B star Usher Raymond!
When Wetpaint Entertainment partnered up with Viggle on December 26 for a pop quiz on Chilli's love life, only 46 percent of Viggle LIVE! users answered correctly. Thirty-eight percent thought we were talking about her baby daddy Dallas, while 15 percent got their TLC ladies mixed up and guessed Andre Rison, who was actually Left Eye's boyfriend.
"I'll always love him, forever, because he was my first adult love, a real love," Chilli recently dished to Us Weekly about her relationship with Usher. "But we're cool, we're really cool. There's no hard feelings, nothing like that. It's all good."
When the couple split in 2003 after just two years of dating, people assumed infidelity was the reason. And more fuel was thrown on the fire in 2004 when Usher released his album Confessions, which is chock-full of songs about cheating. But Chilli set the record straight a few months ago when she revealed the real meaning behind those lyrics.
"We were together when he recorded that album," she explained. "All of those songs on Confessions, that was about Jermaine Dupri's situation. Usher was just singing it. But people kind of bought into it. It was just the timing of our breakup when the album came out."
Usher went on to marry Tameka Foster in 2007, but things went downhill shortly after and to this day they're still fighting over custody of their two kids. Who knows? Maybe Usher and Chilli are truly "Meant to Be."
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