The pressures of life and work eventually boiled over, pushing the young diva over the edge with an eating disorder and breakdown.
Now 33 years old, she’s a proud mother of a 9-year-old girl and has taken on a new role on Lifetime series “Drop Dead Diva” as Elisa Shayne. She’s also starring in Tyler Perry’s movie, “The Marriage Counselor.”
But her career has come to a place where she feels it’s all for a purpose.
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With her next album, “Two Eleven” due out in August, she explained Whitney Houston inspired the title and her whole career.
“I can just say that her life will never be forgotten and her life has inspired so many people, so many artists, and it’s awakened so many things inside of so many people.
You know, it’s unfortunate some of the things she had to experience, but at the end of the day she blessed so many people. She completely blessed me and changed my life from the moment I saw her open her mouth to sing. I was like ‘Oh my God! If I can just do a third of that, I would be doing something special.’
She continued, “You know, my whole life is dedicated to her. It really is – everything she has ever taught me and to live in that purpose. Yeah, I get shaken up every time I talk about it.”
Check out the full interview at the Pittsburgh Post Gazette.