Michelle Obama stopped by The Late Show with Stephen Colbert on Wednesday night and got candid about a slew of topics, including the Melania Trump speech controversy, her Essence photo shoot with her President husband, Barack Obama, and how she’s feeling about her time in The White House nearing the end.
Here are five things we learned from FLOTUS’s time with Colbert.
Feels Bittersweet About Leaving The White House: “Everything is like the last. I find myself choking up because we have raised our kids The White House, we’ve had so many amazing experiences, we have a phenomenal staff, we live in a house with people who love us and care about us, and we are going to be walking away from all that.”
She added, “I’ve actually made my kids start packing their rooms.”
Being Friends With Beyonce: “She’s a sweetheart. She’s smart, she’s creative, she’s a great mother, she loves her family. She’s a low-key lady. We have a lot in common, in that way.”
Hates Doing Photoshoots With Her Boo: FLOTUS and POTUS recently posed for Essence magazine — but there was one image the the world simply raved over. The photo shows a sexy Obama holding hands with her husband while they look into each other’s eyes. But apparently, it wasn’t exactly easy getting the perfect shot. “Barack is horrible in photoshoots and I hate doing photoshoots with him, so I’m sure right there I was saying, ‘Would you just be patient, don’t rush the photographer.’ He’s like, ‘Yeah, I think we got the shot. Can I go?'”
Michelle said at that very moment, she was “just trying to get him to chill out” and the moment was captured.
Does A Great Impression Of Husband: “We all have great impressions of Barack,” she said. Apparently, Malia starts the impressions because she always asks “the serious questions.”
No Sympathy For Candidate Spouses: “You have to be in it. If you don’t agree, you should’ve agreed before they ran. If I didn’t agree with what Barack was saying, I wouldn’t support his run,” she said.
As for how FLOTUS felt about Melania Trump plagiarizing a portion of her former speech, Michelle jokingly suggests, “Yeah, that was tough.”
Exclusive: The Bullet Scars That Will Forever Haunt Sheryl Lee Ralph’s Son, Etienne Maurice
Sheryl Lee Ralph shared a graphic photo on Instagram earlier this week of her son, Etienne Maurice, laying in a hospital bed bandaged up from bullet wounds. The purpose of the image was to be yet another voice calling to end gun violence.
On Wednesday, students across the country walked out of class to protest against gun violence, something that hit home for Ralph four years ago. “This mother wants #gunreform now! #guncontrol now,” she wrote.
It was during a night out in West Philadelphia that Ralph’s then 22-year-old child was robbed at gunpoint and shot three times; twice in the leg and one which grazed his forehead.
So as Ralph joined Wednesday’s national conversation about gun laws, HipHollywood talked exclusively with Etienne who shared exactly what went down the night a gun could have taken his life for good.
“I was shot four years ago, November 9 … I was black out drunk. The next thing I know I remember I woke up in the hospital, doctor said I had two bullet holes in my leg and a grazed bullet hole above my eyebrow.”
Maurice, who was robbed for his iPhone and his wallet, went on to tell us that this is something that he is reminded of constantly. “Having been shot is something that I carry with me every day. I still have numbness at the bottom of my leg from the nerve damage.”
And while he will always remember how he felt knowing his life almost ended, Etienne had a hard time fathoming how his famous mother felt. “We had the conversation about it last week and she said she peed on herself,” he told us.
For Maurice, he’s proud to see young children use their voices to make change. “There’s so many angles where we can talk about gun violence and how it’s effecting different communities,” he said. “Gun reform needs to take place now.”
Since that night, he hasn’t picked up a drink and has been now sober for four years. As for the suspects, a father-son duo, they are behind bars for attempted man slaughter.
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