After releasing her last album No Boys Allowed in 2010, Keri Hilson stepped out of the music spotlight and became immersed in all things love and basketball with her then-boyfriend NBA star Serge Ibaka.
Now the couple have called it quits and she's back in the studio perfecting her craft in preparation of the release of her third studio album, L.I.A.R. (Love is a Religion). She also stepped in front of the camera this season with a role in David E. Talbert's new holiday movie Almost Christmas.
The singer recently spilled to Rolling Out that moving on from her last relationship has prepared her for a future love.
"What happens behind closed doors, that has become such a huge part of our interviews and what society wants to know about you…beyond the music," she shared.
Hilson's last relationship and the subsequent breakup were so public, celebrated and at times even criticized, the Atlanta native admits to the mag that she has learned her lesson about how to approach a new relationship with her next boyfriend.
"I will make different decisions in future relationships. When you put things on Front Street, it opens the door for opinions. It opens the door for wolves to attack. I certainly have been placed in that position where things have been written about me as it pertains to relationships that are so far from the truth. To me, that’s a personal attack. You can talk about my music all day, but when it comes to making up things and a character attack, I don’t take them well. It makes me want to be completely mysterious. You can’t really stop it though. It’s the climate we’re in."
At times, Keri admits that entertainment culture is hard to stomach, but she doesn't let it affect her self-esteem and she certainly isn't letting it stop her from seeking the man of her dreams.
"I am glad I grew up with pretty tough skin but none of it prepares you for this type of criticism because it’s not all constructive but coming from a place where it’s structured from destructive criticism. It can be difficult to deal with even for someone with as thick of skin as I have and as self-assured as I am [but] I am no different from other women when it comes to attraction to qualities of a man. I am pretty level headed. I want someone who loves God genuinely and respects women, [is] loyal. All the same things every woman wants."
It's good to see that Ms. Keri baby won't let a sour situation keep her down for long!