Twenty-three-year-old music breakout star Elle Varner planned to tweet a picture of herself wearing her grandma’s diamond ring, but she got way more than she bargained for when she woke up the next day and saw a flurry of rumors online saying she was engaged…and to a white man to boot. She called in to Philadelphia’s Power 99 to set the record straight.
“I am not engaged,” she told the radio station. She added that the rumors started over a cell phone mishap. “I put on my grandma’s ring and the plan was to tweet this picture and be like, ‘Oh my God, I can’t believe it.’ And then right after say, ‘My nana let me try on her ring’ because she’s so stingy. She never lets me try it on,” she said.
However, the singer said her idea didn’t go as planned when the message saved in her drafts due to bad service.
“I said, whatever and just went to sleep. And then I woke up, and it had sent but I never sent the follow-up. So it was all that time for people to think I was engaged.”
The photo not only encouraged engagement rumors but also created chatter that Varner was in a relationship with a white man, perhaps from visuals in her latest music video “I Don’t Care.”
” That pissed me off so much. That was such a letdown,” she said. “My grandparents got married interracially during the Civil Rights movement, when people were threatening their lives. They put so much on the line for their bond and stayed married until my grandmother passed – like, 50-something years. And so coming from that and to have people now in 2013 practically like… You’re still talking about that?”