At the time, a lot of people around him were intimidated by my gift and my starship and by what people were responding to on the show. I was receiving attention and the people around him were intimidated. He might have had a bad reaction and behaved a certain way. And that was unacceptable to me.
How was your life right after you were booted from the show?
They thought they had won and had crushed my character. They had drawn a negative approach to my character and I was then labeled as difficult, a diva and it was bad. I wasn’t getting work and I had to take meetings with people who were taking advantage of me being down and putting me through embarrassing interviews. He did not see them coming or see them pushing. He had a reaction that affected our relationship. But, undoubtedly, we are family and there is so much purpose to our relationship. You get through it and you get back on track.
What’s different about your new show, Born to Dance, on BET?
It shows me all the way around. This show is all about giving back and it actually shows who I am. All of those other shows just show me screaming. It shows how one really becomes a professional dancer and why I am the way that I am. And I am an executive producer. It’s really a great show.
You have been through a lot in this industry, what keeps you going?
Knowing that God has a specific plan and a purpose for me. I don’t take ownership in anything. I know that it’s because of him. He is more than anything out here. There is substance to what I do. At the heart of it all, I am here to help others. I am here to tell them about this freedom and abundant life that is a result of my faith. My life is fulfilled.
Is it important for you to know all the trends and latest dances in order to stay relevant?
I am right in the club with the kids. I don’t detach myself. But, when you understand who you ultimately are and have taken the time to learn and master your gift, a trend cannot stop what you do. A trend is like a mosquito. You squash it and keep it moving.
You are constantly on the move. Don’t you ever just get tired and want to stop?
How dare I get tired? Because of Gaga’s trust in this gift she is #1 in the world. I am so fortunate to be doing this. I am not allowed to get tired.
Born To Dance airs Tuesdays 10pm on BET