*There’s a “man down code 10” situation in the family of Keyshia Cole. The singer has finally made a statement confirming reports on the blogosphere that she is beefing with her mother Frankie and sisters Neffe and Elite.
In a statement Friday (01-08-10) announcing both her pregnancy by Cleveland Cavaliers basketball player Daniel Gibson and her upcoming marriage to him, Cole also came clean about her family rift.
“To all my friends and fans, it’s time that I clear the air,” Cole explained. “It’s not a secret that I haven’t been in contact with my mother Frankie, and my sisters Neffe and Elite and I never wanted to air out our differences to the public.
“While I won’t go into detail here I find it necessary to let you guys know I decided to stop communication with them because I was at a point in my life where I needed serenity and peace to move forward. Please know I love my family very much but it was time to let it go. You guys are a witness to a lot of what was happening from watching on air and online. Now that I am becoming a mom my passion for having a loving and peaceful home for my child is my #1 priority.”
Cole’s mother Frankie Lons – featured prominently on Keyshia’s former BET reality series “The Way it Is” and its spinoff “Frankie and Neffe – recently told Atlanta radio station V100 that her daughter was already married and did so to avoid having her child be born out of wedlock.
Cole didn’t directly address her mother’s comments in the statement, but she said the existence of “constant false reports” are interfering with her life, which includes her attempting to balance planning a wedding, preparing for the birth of her child, and finishing a forthcoming album.
The R&B artist characterized the stress as being unhealthy and emphatically said there are “only a few people that can official confirm or deny anything that’s happening in my life.” That list was limited to herself, Gibson and the singer’s publicist, along with fellow singer and close friend Monica — she concluded her statement by saying, “My girl Monica never lies.”