Tionne “T-Boz” Watkins appears to be riding under the radar on NBC’s hit reality series ‘Celebrity Apprentice,’ but the TLC vocalist confessed to me that everything you see on television doesn’t necessarily reflect what actually transpired on the show.
The 38-year-old singer, who is now dating NFL linebacker Takeo Spikes, also talked about a possible TLC movie, why girl groups are dysfunctional and why she hated her performance with Alicia Keys at the BET Awards in 2008.
T-Boz, who was preparing to go to Japan with group member Rozonda “Chilli” Thomas to headline several concert dates the day before our interview, was an open book as we separated fact from fiction and left no stone unturned.
So we’re starting to see more of you on ‘Celebrity Apprentice.’ Did you intentionally play low-key in the beginning?
If you don’t keep up drama, they don’t show you anyway, and I just feel like they have their favorites. If you’re not into it then Trump’s not into you, and that’s just the way I feel about it. He likes poker, he likes golf, Playboy bunnies and he likes sports and that’s his thing.
You had your big win on episode five and won a check for your charity. How did that feel?
It was a bittersweet night for me because I won, but they made it so depressing with the alcohol thing with Dennis Rodman so it almost took the glory out of winning.
As far as me, it was heartwarming because sickle cell is something I’m very passionate about being that I have the disease and I’m a national spokesperson. I do a lot of things because I want to help others, but I want to be that chick that’s here to see my daughter grow old. I want to be a grandmother. I want to cheer for all of us, and it’s really a personal struggle and a fight for me.
Do you think Dennis Rodman got professional help after that episode? Because it was sad, and I was hoT-Bozping Donald Trump would bring out Dr. Drew Pinksy and announce that Dennis was headed to ‘Celebrity Rehab’ at the end.
Dennis says that he doesn’t have a problem, so that’s the answer really in itself. If he doesn’t think he has a problem then he’s not gonna go get help because he don’t think anything is wrong. Honestly, we worked six days a week and 15 to 18 hour days. When we’re up at 5 a.m. and you already have cranberry and vodka mixed at 7 a.m. or 8 a.m., it’s like ‘hello.’ I want to say this about Dennis, though. He’s a very smart man when it comes to marketing. He’s like an artist. I noticed how creative he is because of the marketing stuff, like the wedding dresses. You know how he used to do with the hair colors? He’s smart, but the alcohol clouds his judgment. I think that’s the problem.