Among the men in their lives, Usher served as Thomas’ boyfriend in the ’00s. He was the second major man in her life after Dallas Austin, who she had a child with in 1997. Though, Thomas became pregnant with Austin’s child when she was 20. However, she terminated the pregnancy due to outside pressures of her career.
If there’s one network that stuck by the group through all their ups and downs it was VH1. The network was responsible for Behind The Music, which ran a huge popular episode focused on TLC. The network also aired the documentary (retitled The Last Days of Left Eye) that Lopes was filming when she died. And on October 21st, VH1 will premiere CrazySexyCool: The TLC Story.
W: Williams, Hype
Williams has two major connections with TLC. He directed the video for their comeback single, “No Scrubs,” which took home the 1999 VMA for Best Group Video. Additionally, Williams directed Watkins in his 1998 film debut, Belly. The movie co-starred DMX and Nas but was poorly received at the box office.
Xscape was a ’90s R&B group behind the songs, “Just Kickin’ It” and “Understanding.” Two of the group’s original members, Kandi Burruss and Tameka “Tiny” Cottle, would later go on to write and sing back up on TLC’s comeback single, “No Scrubs.” The song sat atop of the Billboard Hot 100 for four weeks in the spring of 1999.
In June of 2003, over a year after Lopes’ death, TLC appeared in what was announced as the group’s final performance at Zootopia. While the last time the original line up performed together was at MTV20, this was said to be the last for the remaining two members. The group was eventually brought back out of hiatus in 2008 when they performed at the BET Awards and later in 2011 on American Idol.
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