Michel’le revealed her abusive relationship with Dr. Dre was a cycle that lasted five to six years. He would beat her, she would leave and come back, he’d act like nothing happened, and repeat.
Sadly, the “Something in my Heart” singer considered the abuse a form of love.
Back when he was beating me, he was a little bit kinder with it.
It was a little different because we were a couple, so of course if he held me after he beat me I took that as a form of love.
I had to cover two or three black eyes for my videos, and one of the make-up ladies – she said you’ve got to stop letting him beat you.
I thought he cared about me. I didn’t know any better. I just really thought that was what men do, I thought it was a form of love.
When I was a little kid we got whipped. It was nothing new to me, I was used to it.
I was co-dependent on him – he was my world. So you don’t just pack up and go.
I was very quiet back then. It became normal to me. I used to say it was my fault every time I got beat. Why would he just come in and want to beat me?
It became that kind of relationship. I would move out for three or four months and come back. We just had a cycle.
Michel’le revealed Dr. Dre once beat her because she didn’t have another piece of chicken for him to eat.
One night I baked him chicken and I didn’t make enough. He beat me because I didn’t have another piece of chicken.
The singer explained why she never went to the police saying, “We don’t really do that in our culture because I don’t want to see him go to jail. We had a son, and I cared about him.”
According to Michel’le her relationship with Dre wasn’t all bad. “To me, he is my creative guru in the studio. We had a lot of fun. I’m not saying he was an all round bad guy,” she shared.
It’s her work with women’s shelters that keeps her thinking and talking about her abusive past.
Michel’le said, “I don’t want this new generation to think that its ok. I’ve never stopped talking about it. That’s what’s so funny about this coming up now.”
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