On Wednesday, both Brandy and Monica shared tributes to Whitney Houston on the late singer’s birthday, but their different messages sparked fans to take sides.
“Happy Heavenly Birthday Nippy … You still inspire many & touch hearts daily… You will forever be the greatest …. You will forever be missed,” Monica wrote in the caption on a black and white photo of Houston.
Brandy’s message was on the caption of a collage of photos of herself with Houston: “You live on in me… I can feel your Spirit inside of me and all around me. My angel, my friend, my fairy God Mother. I love you forever… thank you for trusting me with the torch!!! I remember every moment with you and I and I will cherish these miraculous moments forever and ever! I love you.”
However, Monica fans immediately took Brandy to task for the message, claiming that her message was focused too much on herself and that it was a petty way of claiming that Houston loved her more than Monica.
Brandy responded to the fans in the comments section.
“Monica needs to really check her evil ass fans,” Brandy wrote. “It’s so much stuff I can post about the hateful things they say to me… but I will never have time for that. Always thinking something is about her. It’s not!!!! Me and Whitney have nothing to do with anyone but the two of us… we made history and I cared more about being with her than I did about anything else.”
She added, “It’s petty for everything that I say about Whitney for someone to have the audacity to think it’s about someone else other than her.”
KeKe Palmer also weighed in on the controversy, taking to Twitter to write in a series of tweets, “I just can’t deal with slander and discrediting of people that have broken BARRIERS. REAL BARRIERS. People kill me. They want to continuously tell you that you feel a way about someone or something and ern (sic) you acknowledge it you are wrong. Brandy slander? The first black cover girl? The first black Barbie doll? The one with the hit shows/albums? Internet has a short memory.”
“But I however, do not,” she wrote. “Forever an icon, that’s the reality.”
Nippy, I wanted to be exactly like you… mannerisms and all… I didn’t have your Range but everything else I could do that you did I tried to do. Then It dawned on me, I can never do what you did exactly the way you did it and then I found myself being like myself because of everything you taught me! You said, be yourself and later on after you said that, I became my own artist but with your inflections. Happy Birthday… you live on in me and no one on this planet loves you the way I do.(yeah I said it because that is what I know because that’s what you told me) There is not a day that goes by that I don’t think of you.
Lord have mercy on my soul!!! Happy Born Day Whitney. You live on in me… I can feel your Spirit inside of me and all around me. My angel, my friend, my fairy God Mother. I love you forever… thank you for trusting me with the torch!!! I remember every moment with you and I and I will cherish these miraculous moments forever and ever! I love you…. 8/9-2/11 #WhitneyHouston
Brandy says she has time today. pic.twitter.com/Q6P7MKuz7o
— Shar (@SharSaysSo) August 9, 2017
Brandy slander? The first black cover girl? The first black Barbie doll? The one with the hit shows/albums? Internet has a short memory.
— 🚨K E K E 🚨 (@KekePalmer) August 9, 2017