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Ashley Reid, the daughter of former TLC manager Perri “Pebbles” Reid, talks with Tom Joyner Morning Show commentator Jacque Reid about the misrepresentation of her mother in the TLC biopic, not regretting the comments she made about Chilli and much more.
JACQUE REID: Good morning Tom, Sybil and Jay. And happy Friday. Now, when it aired last month the biopic based on the life of super girl group TLC was a rating success, but some are calling it an epic failure when it comes to accuracy of some of the accounts. Now the most controversial was the portrayal of the girl’s original manager, singer Pebbles. The movie showed Pebbles to be manipulative and jealous when it came to the members of TLC. Now Pebbles sent out a statement recently saying that she is demanding a retraction of the false and defamatory statements and scenes. She says she will share her story at the appropriate time on the appropriate venue. So we’re still waiting for that. Meanwhile, Pebbles’ daughter, whose father is Pebbles’ ex-husband, LA Reid has been very vocal about her anger of the TLC biopic’s portrayal of her mother. In fact Ashley Reid’s statements on the issue have left many shocked. But she says she is a passionate daughter defending her mother. I’m going inside her story with Ashley Reid. Good morning, Ashley.
ASHLEY REID: Good morning, how are you?
JACQUE REID: Very well, thank you for taking the time to do this. Now some of your statement suggested, you know, let me just kind of run through it, that you wanted to fight Chilli, that Chilli had an affair with your father and really slept her way around the music industry. Do you regret saying any of those things or do you stand by it?
ASHLEY REID: Oh, no. I don’t regret anything. Not at all. I mean it’s one of those things where, you know, all I can really ask people is what would you do in that position? When people were attacking you personally about the people that you care about the most. I don’t know if everybody can say what they would do. I know that people might get defensive. That seems like kind of a human nature type thing, especially when it’s really just a total, a total assault. I think they recognize they would feed into that energy. Did I take it too far? Sure. Of course, but I mean, who doesn’t sometimes? That’s …
JACQUE REID: But no regrets?
ASHLEY REID: Absolutely not. Uh-uh.
JACQUE REID: Now you told me you did not see the movie, but a lot of this started on Twitter when people were really coming at you and really saying a lot of negative things based on what was in the movie. Is that why you decided to speak out? Because of hurtful things being said on Twitter?
ASHLEY REID: Well, it’s really just, you know, I saw a promo for the film, and the reason why I ended up not watching the film is really they had a $20 wig on my mother, and she has the best hair I’ve ever seen, so that already infuriated me enough to where I knew I just couldn’t watch it. But what I learned really that was interesting was that you can actually watch things on Twitter. People keep you completely updated moment by moment, scene by scene, and it was just so hateful. It was so incredibly hateful it was shocking and when I …
JACQUE REID: And why so much of your …
ASHLEY REID: Hmm?
JACQUE REID: Why is so much of your anger geared towards Chilli and not T-Boz? It just seemed like you said you can’t wait to see Chilli. Were you guys closer? Because you kind of grew up, you were a little girl when they were forming this group, but you grew up with them, and you told me they actually, you know, you all slept in the same bed, they were a part of your family.
ASHLEY REID: Absolutely. I mean these girls were part of the family. We broke bread together. We, I mean, my mother was their mother. They were in our house. She took care of them, this, that and the third. So it was something where, yeah, I’m a child, but I’ve got two eyes that work and ears that work. And growing up you ask questions, you understand why it’s better, you gain wisdom, you gain knowledge. So throughout this past 20 years where everybody’s pretty much been quiet except for these girls, you get to know people as people. I didn’t grow up thinking that celebrities were on a pedestal. They were just like everybody else to me. So Chilli, I mean, I don’t really know what I can say positive at this moment about her, it’s just that I wish the best for her, always. But she’s not going to get the results she wants out of this.
JACQUE REID: Now in the biopic we see, what we see is your mother is being portrayed as being jealous of Chilli. You’re saying that that’s not true, your mother had no jealousy towards Chilli?
ASHLEY REID: (Laugh) Okay, my mother, my mother was Pebbles, is Pebbles. My mother is not jealous of Chilli. I think that’s, that’s a comedy type thing to me. Honestly. I think that there were certain things that were portrayed that was just, you know, to the girls’ best benefit, or so they think. But that, right there, that was total in complete BS.
JACQUE REID: What about the part that your mother mismanaged them and really cheated them out of millions of dollars?
ASHLEY REID: I’m going to put it like this. I think that even TLC doesn’t know exactly what they were lied to about. So at the end of the day, you know, they’re producers on the film, they want to make themselves look good, they had no problems throwing my mother and Lisa under a bus completely. So it’s something where they’re taking the information that they have felt that they have learned and they’re attacking the people that they feel though it’s safe to attack …
SYBIL WILKES: Even though you haven’t seen the movie?
ASHLEY REID: Listen, when I tell you that movie was on Twitter, I did no miss a scene …
SYBIL WILKES: I get that part, but do you ever plan to see it just to get tthe full picture?
ASHLEY REID: No. Because it’s not the full picture. It’s a movie. So, for me, I had to run like 10 miles after that and do 80 pushups.
J. ANTHONY BROWN: Do you want to make a movie …
JACQUE REID: Now a lot of folks are …
ASHLEY REID: I really don’t think I should see it.
J. ANTHONY BROWN: Are you going to make a movie about your mom?
JACQUE REID: A lot of folks are waiting for your mom to say something.
J. ANTHONY BROWN Yeah.
JACQUE REID: We haven’t heard from her aside from this statement. Is she going to set the record straight? Do you think she’s going to go through what we saw and just say; I didn’t feel this way, I didn’t do this, and set it straight?
ASHLEY REID: Well, I don’t know exactly what she’s going to say, but, you know, what the girls did was basically open up a floodgate of a lot of truth coming out. So mom’s been quiet, dad’s been quiet. And …
JAB: Your mom’s been quiet?
ASHLEY REID: And I was tired of being quiet. Oh, absolutely.
TOM JOYNER: Yeah, yeah. And …
ASHLEY REID: For the past 20 years she hasn’t said anything at all, and neither has my father.
TOM JOYNER: Well, here’s what I find interesting, Ashley. Okay, your mother represented a lot of people.
ASHLEY REID: Yeah?
TOM JOYNER: And after this movie no one, but you, has come to defend Pebbles.
ASHLEY REID: Isn’t that crazy?
TOM JOYNER: So …
SYBIL WILKES: Have they called …
J. ANTHONY BROWN: That’s not crazy.
JACQUE REID: And not even your dad.
TOM JOYNER: Not even LA Reid.
ASHLEY REID: I know, I know. But you know what’s so interesting about that? People are controlled by their pocket at the end of the day. So definitely the industry knows a lot of different …
SYBIL WILKES: Is your dad controlled by the pocket and not saying anything?
ASHLEY REID: Look, he has his own reason for not saying anything. You should try to ask him, but I don’t know what you’re going to get out of him.
J. ANTHONY BROWN: Are you going to make a movie called Pebbles?
ASHLEY REID: I mean I think they made a movie called Pebbles to be honest. They could’ve focused on their legacy. And instead …
TOM JOYNER: Who are some of the other artists that your mother worked with?
ASHLEY REID: Mom worked with Tony Rich. She worked with, you know, this is the thing, this is the thing I understand about my mom.
TOM JOYNER: She worked with a lot of people.
ASHLEY REID: She worked with everyone. She had her hand in everything.
TOM JOYNER: But no one has come forward and said that movie is all wrong. Nothing’s wrong with Pebbles. She’s a great manager, she doesn’t steal. No one has come forth and said that.
ASHLEY REID: I think that people don’t want to get involved.
ASHLEY REID: For their own reasons.
JAB: All of them?
ASHLEY REID: Yes, possibly. Listen, people are not, in my opinion, they more so complacent than anything. And …
SYBIL WILKES: Well, it seems like the silence is louder than anything.
ASHLEY REID: It is. It is. And that’s what bothers me about silence. And that’s why I just completely got fed up. Like, look, if everybody’s going to be silent, I’m just not going to anymore.
JAB: But don’t you think you should at least see the movie? So then you can comment on the movie and not what you read on Twitter?
JACQUE REID: She saw it on Twitter.
ASHLEY REID: I saw it on Twitter. I don’t need to see the movie.
ASHLEY REID: I don’t need to see the movie.
JACQUE REID: It gives you play by play.
ASHLEY REID: Play by play. I don’t need to see the movie, I’m telling you.
JACQUE REID: Your mom and dad they told you to kind of be quiet. Are you ignoring them? Or what’s going on?
ASHLEY REID: My mom and dad didn’t tell me to be quiet.
JACQUE REID: Well, what did they say?
ASHLEY REID: They told me that …
JAB: Would you listen?
ASHLEY REID: They told me that I should probably not threaten people, but they didn’t tell me to be quiet.
ASHLEY REID: You know?
SYBIL WILKES: So you have spoken to your dad? You have spoken to LA Reid?
ASHLEY REID: I have spoken to my family, of course.
TOM JOYNER: Okay.
SYBIL WILKES: But he’s not saying anything to defend your mama.
J. ANTHONY BROWN: Y’all need your own reality show.
ASHLEY REID: Well, you know what’s interesting, in the past year, we’ve been in the works with that. And it’s coming out. Probably going to be better if you ask me.
J. ANTHONY BROWN: Oh, definitely. LA Reid, Pebbles and you. That should be the name of it, man.
TOM JOYNER: Is your mom still a pastor?
SYBIL WILKES: Sister Perri?
TOM JOYNER: Is she …
ASHLEY REID: My mom is still a very anointed person, that doesn’t go away.
TOM JOYNER: All right.
JACQUE REID: Maybe that’s why she’s been quiet. Maybe that’s why.
ASHLEY REID: There’s many reasons. Seriously, there’s many reasons. Listen, this story, they opened up the floodgates, it’s nowhere near being over.