R&B singer Michel’le, who is best known for her late ‘80s hits “No More Lies” and “Something In My Heart,” was upset when she discovered her involvement in Dr. Dre and Suge Knight‘s lives was omitted from 2015’s Straight Outta Compton. So she took it upon herself to tell her own side of the story as a former artist on Eazy E’s Ruthless Records, and that’s how her upcoming Lifetime biopic, Surviving Compton: Dre, Suge & Michel’le, came about. And what she hopes for is to clear up any misconceptions or rumors about her relationships with both men, she revealed to The Huffington Post.
Michel’le alleges that her relationships with Dr. Dre and Suge Knight consisted of abuse and pushed her into a downward spiral of substance abuse.
“When you’re living in it, you can’t see it. But I couldn’t believe that I was really living like that,” she told The Huffington Post. “And it really resonated with me. Never did I wake up and ask Dre, ‘Why did you hit me?’”
Michel’le said she was both “terrified and grateful” during her six-year relationship with Dr. Dre. They have a son together, but she hasn’t talked to him in “centuries.” She also hasn’t talked to Suge in “years” — they have a daughter together — but maintains both men “love their kids, and my kids love their fathers.”
Throughout the years, Michel’le has been vocal about the alleged abuse she endured during her relationship with Dr. Dre. But he insists it’s not true. Even though Dr. Dre issued a statement to The New York Times apologizing to the women he’s hurt in the past, following the release of Straight Outta Compton, he insisted a statement, denying he abused Michel’le be included in the closing credits of her Lifetime movie.
“If he would like to take me to court and sue me, then we should both do our depositions so we can get the story right,” she said in response to Dre’s statement. “And I have witnesses, so I don’t think people are gonna get up there and say, ‘No we didn’t see anything.’”
“What doesn’t make sense is, why would you publicly apologize for beating women, and then turn around and say, ‘I didn’t beat a woman?’ That doesn’t make any sense to me, that’s an oxymoron… and you had the audacity to put it at the end of my credits,” she said. “You know, he had to get a lawyer to even remotely make me put that on there,” she continued.
Suge Knight also released a statement, threatening to sue Michel’le if the movie makes him look bad. But Michelle has no regrets.
“I want women to just not go through that at all,” she said. “People can tell you about it, but it’s also a mental thing as well. It wasn’t just physical. Of course, it affected me mentally because I’m still talking about it. So it’s a scar on your brain, but you have to find it in your heart to just put it away. It’s easy for people to say, ‘OK, get over. Let it go,’ but then it’s not as easy. And the same goes with substance abuse, too. It was hell and didn’t help the situation, at all. I just really don’t want women to go through it, at all.”
Surviving Compton: Dre, Suge & Michel’le premieres Oct. 15 on Lifetime. Watch the film’s trailer above!
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