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Last’s weeks’ Verzuz battle between Ashanti and Keyshia Cole got off to a shaky start due to the latter participant showing up more than an hour late.
During a recent interview with Ebro In The Morning, Ashanti was asked her take on the events of the record-breaking night.
Ashanti took to the Verzuz “stage” to entertain viewers until Cole showed up. As expected, she remained the consummate professional while answering the line of questioning.
“I obviously thought she was gonna be there a little bit sooner. I just felt like as women camaraderie, if someone is late, you know, you hold on a little bit. I didn’t even realize so much time was going by, and we were sitting in the dressing room and I got a call like ‘Yo, we’ve got to figure out what’s going on’ and ‘Oh she’s not ready,’ whatever it is that was happening you know?” she explained. “I think there was something with her screen, or the sound, or something. I didn’t even know what was going on. I was like, OK, I have to go out because there’s just people sitting there. This thing has been already up and down — the cancelations, the postponements, now it’s late. So, I said, ‘I’m going to wait a bit longer, and then I’ll go out.’ So I did.”
Cole faced criticism not only for her tardiness but also for her so-called attitude when she eventually did take a seat.
“Everyone has their days, you know what I mean? There was probably a lot of stuff going on. It’s a lot of pressure. When you think of that many people with eyes on you, you know what I mean?” she added. “If her stuff wasn’t together, of course, you’re going to be frustrated. So on top of being nervous and then having to deal with all of that, of course, you’re going to be a little flustered. So I would just assume that played a part into it.”
Last week, Cole apologized to her fans for showing up late.