Rozonda "Chilli" Thomas
added to the long list of breakup threats for R&B trio
TLC in an interview in
the July issue of Mademoiselle.
"When [my son, Tron,] gets to kindergarten, I'm through," she
told the magazine. "That's just the way it's going to be."
If her words hold truer than previous threats by group
members, it still will give the trio time to record a few
more albums. Tron, the son of Thomas and her fiancé,
producer Dallas Austin,
The group's publicist at LaFace Records did not return
repeated calls for comment.
Tionne "T-Boz" Watkins
had more reassuring words when she appeared on a Friday
broadcast of the "Sally Jessy Raphael Show." She told the
audience she does not expect any breakups.
Most of the group's turmoil has come from
color="#003163">Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes
color="#003163">Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes, who wrote a
letter to Entertainment Weekly early this year,
challenging her bandmates to a solo album competition, which
has never materialized.
Lopes has planned a solo album since 1998.
Thomas made a point of distancing herself from Lopes in the
interview, saying, "When I first met her, I clicked better
with her than I did with Tionne, whereas now, the person that
she has grown to be is someone I can't click with. Some
people just grow apart. I've totally grown away from her."
The group picked up two Grammy Awards in March, winning Best
R&B Album for Fanmail as well as Best R&B Performance
for the 1999 radio hit "No Scrubs" (RealAudio excerpt).