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Chilli Speaks On The Chemistry She Once Had With Usher; Reveals That The Two Hadn’t Fully Stopped Speaking To Him Until 2019!

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Cousins! Are you amongst the long list of folks including us that wanted to see TLC group member Chilli and Usher rekindle their early 2000s romance? Whelp it won’t be happening in this lifetime despite the former couple’s decades worth of chemistry!

In an exclusive interview with PEOPLE, Chilli spoke on her and Usher’s high profile relationship. “We definitely had some chemistry,” she says about their time together. “But working chemistry does not mean it works in your personal life. If we were working, it was great. But outside of that, we’re so different.”

The 52 year old says that despite everyone wanting the couple to be together forever, “It looked great, but in real life…he knew he had to be a certain way with me and he couldn’t.”

Though the two only officially dated from 2001-2004 Chilli revealed that they didn’t stop fully speaking until 2019. She says that she leaned on her Christian faith as she vowed to focus on herself. “I even stopped dating. Because before that I thought if I met the right guy during that time that I wasn’t over [Usher] it wouldn’t work. I would never want to straddle the fence.”

She also addressed rumors that Usher’s hit breakup album Confessions was a love letter to her and their dying romance. “I was with him at the studio that whole time”. Chilli says they just weren’t meant to be due to issues dealing with trust and personal values.”I love hard,” says Chilli. “I was like, ‘God, why can’t I get over this?’ He couldn’t either.”

Chilli says that though the two don’t speak, “ I have no hard feelings,” as she says the past has brought her a new relationship she can appreciate. “I have never experienced anything like this.”

She adds, “He wants to be the best guy he can be and who God wants him to be,” Chilli says about Matthew Lawrence, 42. “God-willing one day we’ll get married.”

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