Every performer knows that while on stage, you might get slapped with a few hecklers and obnoxious antics by fans around the venue. But for Kelani, there is one name that should never be uttered during a show.
During Kehlani’s concert in Tucson, Ariz., on Monday, the singer kicked out one fan who literally yelled the name of her ex-boyfriend, Cavaliers player Kyrie Irving. While on stage, you here a man scream, “Kyrie!” Instantly, the Oakland native lost control and called for security to kick the man out.
After the incident, the singer took to social media to defend her reaction. She wrote: “After a year of being tormented, harassed, people sending me death threats/showing up to festivals in jersesys throwing shit at me and chanting names … I finally stood up for myself.”
She added, “After a year of depression and therapy, moving away to a new city because of it, I finally stood up for myself … It felt good as hell to do what I did.”
Khelani and Kyrie had a short romance back in 2016, but their relationship ended soon before the singer’s suicide attempt. At the time, it was rumored that Khelani’s failed effort to end her life was over folks thinking she cheated on the Cleveland Cavaliers player with PartyNextDoor.
The chatter of the pair going behind the Cavaliers back was all over this snapshot post by PND of them in bed together.
It’s clear the chanting of Kyrie’s name brings up serious emotions … but is it fair to kick a paying fan out of a show because you don’t like what’s being said?
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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