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Monifah’s back and she’s ready to share all the ups and downs of her personal journey.

For a while Monifah was riding high with hits like “I Miss You” and “Touch It.” Then just as quickly as she burst onto the music scene, she was gone. Now at 41, she’ll appear on TV One’s upcoming series “R&B Divas” with Faith Evans, Syleena Johnson and Keke Wyatt.

But fans want to know what happened to her and why she just suddenly disappeared from the musical landscape as quickly as she appeared.

“Life happened. When I did the third album, it didn’t do as well as the others,” Monifah told JustTheFab.com. “It did well to not have any promotion behind it. They just sort of threw it against the wall to see if it would stick. I wasn’t really anyone’s baby at the label once Heav left the CEO position [at Universal].”

Monifah was disappointed to see Heavy D go, but she pushed ahead with her third album under the creative vision of a huge R&B star.

“Teddy Riley produced that album and creatively it felt like the best of me up to that point. I was very happy with the project,” said the singer, who explained that her label was not as enthused about the album. She was quickly shuffled from the label and things just spiraled from there. “Universal decided to drop me…I fell out of love with the business and I kind of was depressed and drinking a lot.”

The biggest struggle Monifah had was her years-long battle with cocaine addiction, which began after she’d been out of the spotlight for a while.

“Addiction came later. I was gone and didn’t have a deal before that part started. I’ve been clean for a year-and-a-half. I was using for seven years,” Monifah revealed. “I left way before that but in the interim after that, depression, not really having a passion, trying to find my way, led me down a path of numbing, not dealing, and not just because of the business.”

Now that she’s back on track, fans will see her getting better and better on “R&B Divas,” which is set to debut August 20 on TV One. As Monifah tells it, all of the women on the show have a story that will captivate viewers.

“We’ve gone through some really trying times and have come through, by the grace of God, stronger and grateful and happy and not bitter and not blaming anyone and being accountable. We fight, love, and laugh,” said Monifah. “We’re real friends, we’re not people coming from obscurity trying to be famous.”

She added, “We work hard. We have our own brands, and we’re not coming into it to be famous. We’re coming into it to share our story.”


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