Who wants that perfect love story any way, anyway. -Beyonce (Jay Z, Part II On the Run)
Chrisette Michele is the perfect example of how sometimes love finds you when you least expect it. As you know, the soulful singer recently changed her relationship status, getting engaged to her love Doug Ellison. What started off blissful, momentarily ended, when business seemed to sorta-kinda get in the way of their relationship. In an interview withe Mara The Hip Hop Socialite, Chrisette reveals how the pair made amends after not speaking for seven years:
Things started off in a romantic direction. We were in school for music – he was in school studying business, and I was in school studying the music side of business – and we hit it off kind of right away-ish. He said, give me some time…he said, give me a year, and I’ll have you signed to a major label. And I kind of didn’t want to be signed to a major label at the time, and I just wanted to sing. He had about two weeks, and I was signed to Def Jam, so that was the beginning of our business relationship. Early on to the business relationship, things got crazy! If you’ve never read about it, if you’ve never heard about it, we were in the midst of a crazy, crazy lawsuit, litigation situation with each other, and we hadn’t spoken for literally seven years. I finally walked away from the major record label side of the business and started my own label, Rich Hipster, which got signed right away to Caroline/Capital Records. I had fun with it, but I knew something was missing. I called Doug, and after speaking to him for only a couple of hours, we were inseparable again. It’s the craziest, weirdest thing because we had gone through all that together.
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ON HOW HER FIANCE POPPED THE QUESTION:
A few days into us talking again, he was like let’s go hang out in the studio. We went to the studio – a really cool spot here in New York City – and the manager of the studio was like, Doug wants to talk to you upstairs on the roof. I was suppose to have known what was going to happen next, but I get to the rooftop. There’s flower petals on the ground, the Empire State Building is in the background, and here he is, dropping down to one knee, and opening up a box, and I couldn’t do anything but scream and every kind of reaction I don’t think you’re suppose to have. I never cried, I just screamed, and screamed, and screamed.
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