Tionne “T-Boz” Watkins, a self-professed homebody, says she “likes to stay at home and watch blockbuster movies. My mom says I’m too young and I should be out and about, but I’ve been blessed to travel the world and I’m content and enjoy relaxing at home with my daugher.”
T-Boz, who has suffered with sickle cell for most of her life, is healthy and happy. “When I think of so many times I almost didn’t make it,” she says, “I have to thank God for bringing me through and allowing me to continue to do charitable work for other sick children suffering with sickle cell.”
T-Boz admires her grown and sexy look during an intimate photo shoot. “Some people criticize me for always wearing different variations of bobs,” says T-Boz, “but bobs never go out of style.”
T-Boz works the red carpet at Atlanta’s Atlantic Station for the premiere of “ATL,” the film which was loosely based on her and Dallas Austin’s childhood. She also coproduced the movie with Austin. “I’m looking to do more film,” shares the singer. “I have a few great projects I’m working on.”
T-Boz shows off her signature haircut. "I call this my “Waterfalls” sideburns," she says jokingly.
“I was pregnant and glowing [when this picture was taken],” T-Boz recalls. “The doctors told me I could never have kids, but God blessed me anyway.”
In 2005, T-Boz and daughter Chase Anela attend the trunk show for Chase’s Closet in New York City.
T-Boz’s daughter, Chase Anela, gives her best cat’s meow after playing in mommy’s makeup bag and using eyeliner to create her sleek feline look. “She wants to be a veterinarian,” says Watkins. “Although she hasn’t said she wants to sing, she thinks I’m cool because Bow Wow and Missy know me.”
Chase Anel struts her stuff in her customized tee advertising her namesake and mommy’s online children’s clothing store, Chase’s Closet.
In 2003, T-Boz and Chilli share some sisterly love at a Z100 concert in New Jersey. “TLC never broke up,” says Watkins. “We are sisters for life.”
San Francisco 49ers linebacker Takeo Spikes and T-Boz enjoy an awards dinner, where the NFL star was honored for his work as a fundraiser for sickle cell research.
“He’s a great guy,” says Watkins. “I love that he thinks enough of me to raise funds for a cause and disease that is so personal to me.”
T-Boz is a spitting image of her mom, Gayle Watkins. “My mom raised me to be confident and independent, and I love her for that.”
Elton John makes T-Boz his main squeeze during a party hosted by Jermaine Dupri. “I can’t remember why Jermaine threw this party,” she says. “He’s a great host, and knowing him he threw it just because.”
T-Boz and San Francisco 49ers linebacker Takeo Spikes, her boyfriend of three years, enjoy an embrace.
“We have so much fun together,” says T-Boz. “And we have a great relationship.”