R&B singer Kehlani, made headlines on March 28 as cheating rumors surfaced claiming she had cheated on her NBA superstar of a boyfriend Kyrie Irving. And yes, there is photographic evidence! But although we can’t say for SURE if the cheating scandal is true, even before this incident, Kehlani’s life has been pretty drama-filled!
Kehlani, 20, has found herself in QUITE a mess! The singer, who is currently dating NBA player Kyrie Irving, 24, was literally caught red-handed in a photograph of her and her ex, PARTYNEXTDOOR, 22, (aka Jahron Anthony Brathwaite), holding hands together in BED! And while we don’t know when this pic was taken, it’s pretty clear that there’s trouble in paradise for Kehlani and Kyrie. Get to know more about the fiery songstress below with five fast facts!
1. Kehlani got her start in a teen pop band.
Although she’s a killer solo artist now (currently signed to Atlantic Records), Kehlani began her singing career as the vocalist for PopLyfe. The group played shows throughout the Bay Area — she grew up in Oakland, California — and elsewhere for about two years. But in 2011, they caught a break when they auditioned for the sixth season of America’s Got Talent. Although the group didn’t end up winning, they made it far in the competition, finishing in fourth place. During their final appearance, judge Piers Morgan told Kehlani, “You’ve got real talent, but I don’t think you need the group.” Kehlani followed Piers’ advice and soon left PopLyfe after their run on the show.
2. She was raised by her aunt.
Describing her ethnicity as a mix of “black, white, Native American, and hispanic,” Kehlani was raised by her aunt after her father died when she was young. Her mother was in and out of prison for years. But for the majority of 2012 and 2013, Kehlani was effectively homeless, moving from house to house and often sleeping on couches. To help with money and food, she turned to stealing items from grocery stores for a short time.
3. Nick Cannon gave her her big break.
Nick Cannon, 35, was the host of America’s Got Talent during PopLyfe’s run and, in 2013, the star called Kehlani asking her if she wanted to join a rap group. While at first Kehlani agreed — she even moved to Los Angeles — ultimately, she didn’t like the direction the group was headed in and she ended up moving back to Oakland. However, a few months later, Kehlani released her first solo track on SoundCloud called “ANTISUMMERLUV.” After he heard her new tune, Nick called Kehlani back and set her up with an LA apartment as well as studio time.
4. Kehlani was nominated for a 2016 Grammy.
The singer’s second album, “You Should Be Here” earned her her very first Grammy nomination in 2016. The album was nominated under Best Urban Contemporary Album. Billboard called it the “year’s first great R&B album,”and it even debuted at number 5 on the national R&B/Hip-Hop chart. Talk about talented, right? The album features guest appearances from Chance the Rapper and BJ the Chicago Kid.
5. Her and PARTYNEXTDOOR, or PND, had a very public breakup.
PND and Kehlani had an on-again, off-again love affair for a while, but it came to a firm halt last year, when PND released his “Kehlani’s Freestyle.” In the song, PND admitted to their split and even provided some details into the couple’s demise and his missteps as a boyfriend.
So what do you think of Kehlani, HollywoodLifers? Are you upset that she might have cheated on Kyrie?