Chrisette Michele shared some of the struggles she has dealt with since the fiasco surrounding her performance at President Trump’s inaugural ball, including being dropped by her label, struggling with depression, and suffering a miscarriage.
“I went from someone being revered and loved to facing putting out an album in the worst climate of my musical career,” she said in a series of posts on Instagram.
The singer says that her label dropped her after she delivered them her next album titled “Strong Black Woman.”
“If social media wanted to pull me down, I guess they succeeded as it pertains to Capitol & Caroline records,” she wrote. “I go into the studio and literally poured out my heart and soul and the label decides to walk away from me?”
Michele faced severe backlash after choosing to perform at one Trump’s inaugural balls in January despite many black artists declining the offer. She reasoned that she was “willing to be a bridge” following the tumultuous 2016 presidential campaign season.
In her posts, the singer opened up that she battled with depression and suicidal thoughts following the backlash. Then she had a miscarriage:
“Something came out of me. It was my child. The one my love and I worked so hard on,” she wrote in another Instagram post that included a graphic image of the miscarriage. “I never knew I could allow myself to be so broken that my physical body would break down. Just because I had a negative experience didn’t mean I had to become negative and broken. When I lost my child I knew that it was time for me to become a #StrongBlackWoman.”
Although the journey has been tough, she says that she has recentered herself through rigorous self-love and yoga.
“With every asana and meditation I found my new focus,”. she said. “It was love. It was understanding. It was Peace. I could be the catalyst for peace because I now have a deep understanding for what the exact opposite of peace looks like.”