Ashanti Vs. Keyshia Cole: The Long Awaited Verzuz
Fans are buzzing about the way Ashanti carried herself during this month’s Verzuz battle. She received nothing but praises during the battle with singer Keyshia Cole.
While Ashanti has been showered with love, Cole has faced some backlash due to her attitude and lateness during the previously cancelled showdown that took place on Jan. 22.
Ashanti Responds with Grace
The New York native appeared to have an open mind about Keyshia Cole’s untimely arrival. Still, she stayed ready.
“I obviously thought she was gonna be there a little bit sooner,” she commented, explaining that she felt it was her responsibility to her fans keep the energy high even during the delays and technical difficulties.
The veteran singer added:
“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?”
Ashanti Acknowledges the Technical Difficulties
Did fans consider the challenges Keyshia Cole faces are a direct reflection of the way she acted during the battle? Nonetheless, her fellow singer certainly did.
“I think there was something with her screen, or the sound, or something,” she recalled of the egregious 90-minute delay. “I didn’t even know what was going on. Then 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.”
In the end, Ashanti drew some conclusions on Cole’s choice of actions.
“Everyone has their days, you know what I mean?” the singer said of Cole’s demeanor. “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? 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.
Truth is, life gets people down sometimes, but hopefully everything works out in Keyshia’s favor. Big ups to Ashanti for being the bigger person.