On Monday, VH1 staff writer Bobby Finger was invited to attend a taping of CNN’s Anderson Live. This is his story.
After walking through backstage hallways filled with scurrying PA’s, 1/3rd of TLC, and large framed photos of Anderson Cooper interacting with celebrities like Dame Judi Dench and
Dame Debra Messing, I had the pleasure of attending the January 14th episode of Anderson Live. The audience seemed to consist primarily of tourists and Chris Colfer – though, in many cases, those two categories overlapped. I, on the other hand, was most excited about seeing how guest host T–Boz and Anderson would interact. They didn’t disappoint me.
Tionne “T-Boz” WatkinsÂ of TLC has filed for bankruptcy for the second time this year after being unable to pay her mortgages on her $1.2 million home in Georgia. This isn’t the first or the second time she’s had money woes. TLC filed for bankruptcy back in the mid ’90s. The singer also filed for bankruptcy on February 25 of this year, and the case was closed in September after she “made distribution of all funds paid into the hands of the Trustee.”
T-Boz also states that she is unable to pay her medical bills or car payments. Documents filed last month at the U.S. Bankruptcy Court reveal a very grim situationÂ as she owes people $768,642.99, whereas she’s only worth $1,716,508.Â Strangely enough, T-Boz is also owedÂ Â $250,000 in child support payments. The fact that she hasn’t collected the money is a mystery.
As if the death of former Weezer bassist Mikey Welsh wasn’t a big enough blow to our ’90s hearts, today we learned that TLC‘s T-Boz has been struggling with a brain tumor. But thankfully, this story does have a happy ending. Although being very open about her decade-long struggle with sickle-cell anemia, the R&B singer appeared on CNN over the weekend to talk for the first time about her neurological health scare. ”I started having headaches. They were so frequent; something was wrong,” she told Dr. Sanjay Gupta. And then she got one of the scariest phone calls a person can get. “My doctor called but his voice sounded funny. And I said, ‘You’re going to say something like I have a brain tumor or something right?’ And he got quiet.”
Luckily the tumor proved to be operable, she is now cancer free. The surgery did leave T-Boz suffering from poor balance, but she’s currently in therapy and working on a new music video. Hopefully she’ll be getting back to those fly hip-hop moves soon! She also talked about her triumph over sickle cell anemia, which doctor’s said would end her life before 30. “Doctors, they didn’t give me a happy ending,” says the 39-year old. “‘You won’t live past 30, you’ll be disabled your whole life. You’ll never have kids.’ I was looking around the room like, ‘I don’t know who he’s talking to ’cause that’s not my story.” Now if you’ll excuse us, we’re gonna listen to “Creep” on repeat for the rest of the day. We suggest you do the same.
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Everyone is familiar with the expression, but Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes brought new meaning to the concept of a woman scorned. After discovering that boyfriend and Atlanta Falcons star Andre Rison was cheating on her, the TLC frontwoman tried to burn up his sneakers on June 9, 1994. Instead, she burned down his $1.3 million dollar house.
“There was drinking involved …” she later explained. “He stormed off and I decided to barbecue his tennis shoes. I threw them in the bathtub because I thought the fire would contain itself that way …”
The 24-year-old singer was sentenced to five years probation, fined $10,000, and entered an alcohol rehab program five months before TLC released CrazySexyCool, which became the best-selling album by a girl group in America. The home torching hadn’t been the tempestuous twosome’s first domestic dispute (he was allegedly abusive), but they remarkably stayed together for several years, with Andre announcing their engagement in 2001 before later calling it off.
Any chance for reconciliation was destroyed in 2002, when the 30-year-old was killed in a car accident in Honduras.