We’ve been watching Keyshia Cole’s life play out in her music and the media since the soulful songstress dropped her unforgettable 2005 debut The Way It Is. But when it comes to the split between her and her husband, basketball star Daniel Gibson, Cole would rather let the music do the talking.
“I just want to do my music, instead of saying how I feel. I just want to get it all out and not really speak about it, because it’s a different thing when you speak about it,” Cole told MTV News on Friday. “Especially when you have a son and that being his father.”
On Monday, Cole took to her Twitter account to swear off all interviews after a call-in to Atlanta’s V-103 went terribly wrong. “I’m done wit interviews for a minute! That interview with V103 left a very bad taste. And to be honest, I don’t deserve that kinda treatment,” she wrote.
I'm done wit interviews for a minute! That interview with V103 left a very bad taste. And to be honest, I don't deserve that kinda treatment
— Keyshia Cole (@KeyshiaCole) March 24, 2014
Last week Cole dropped two singles from her upcoming LP, the aggressive Juicy J-assisted “Rick James” and the slow balled “Next Time (Won’t Give My Heart).” Both songs, though drastically different in sound, deal with a hurtful breakup, so it’s easy to see why fans (and the media) would think the records are about Gibson, who is rumored to have cheated on Cole.
But Cole won’t say that the new records are about her real-life situation. She points to her 2008 single “Heaven Sent,” which she says was written about her cousin. “It just depends on what’s around me, what I see, what I’m going through and how I can reflect on that while I’m writing,” she said of her general creative process.
Keyshia understands that her heartbreak makes for a compelling listen — “I Changed My Mind,” “(I Just Want It) To Be Over” and “I Should Have Cheated” are among her most popular songs— but when it comes to her real life, Cole just wants to be happy.
“A lot of the things that they want, it just so happens to be what’s going on right now,” she says of the part of her fanbase that hungers for those heartbreaking Keyshia Cole ballads. “It’s not anything that I want. It’s unfortunate that it has to be the case.”