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Monica Covers UPSCALE Magazine & Talks Personal Struggles

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The fabulous Monica is covering the pages of the November issue of Upscale magazine.  And we've got the first look at her spread with all looks shot by photographer Derek Blanks:

On her personal struggles: My family has been financially comfortable since my career began. But we've had other issues. I've experienced death, my career has been up and down at different times. There are no secrets with me. I'm open. The only things I won't talk about is something that affects other people. If it's not just my story, I won't tell it. [Like your relationship with C-Murder?] Absolutely. He goes through enough. And it was over ten years ago. Not just him. Even before me finding my real friends, I had other types of friends. I'm loyal. And I don't like when people are disloyal. I found out that friends I had for a long time who had not so positive things to say about me when I was not around. Anyone not being loyal or honest is the only reason why I cut off friends. I don't live in the past. But I've definitely had moments where I felt I was being used. More pics and interview highlights on being a celebrity and not working with Dallas Austin when you read the rest...

On not working with Dallas Austin on this album: We have to be on the same page. Sometimes, he's doing a completely different sound and it may be a different world than what I'm doing. So I feel him out and see if we're in the same zone. Sometimes we are. Sometimes we're not. On growing up: I'm just not who I used to be anymore. My focus is my children and my family as a whole. On staying true to herself: When I was sixteen, I would go from an awards show straight to a cookout in the hood. People didn't understand. But the music industry never changed who I was. These are my people. It is what it is. You look at a rapper on his first album, million dollars worth of jewelry. And then you look at Jay-Z who may wear none. You grow up. On looking forward: My children don't know who I dated 12 or 13 years ago. It's inappropriate and I'll tell anyone that. I owe my current relationship more than that. On being a celebrity: I love Beyonce. But her life is for her. My life is for me. It's what's the Most High has chosen for me. I can't compare our careers. On her dream duet: Whitney is still my idol. I still need to do a song with her before it's all over. I have to! Work it out then Monica...
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monica i love your show its

monica i love your show its awesome keep doing you and dont ever changed. cant wait for your new album to come out
myesha's picture

i've always liked

i've always liked Monica...."it's just one of those days...that a girl goes through" love that joint! can't wait to check out her reality show. she seems to be a very strong woman with great meaningful values and u just can't hate on that....do what it do Mo!
So Savvy's picture

I LOVE Monica! She is

I LOVE Monica! She is extremely talented & has a BEAUTIFUL voice. I just feel that she should marry her baby daddy because if you love him & have 2 kids with him, then y NOT?
beautyfulones's picture

beautifuldaidreamer is

beautifuldaidreamer is still on a Maxwell high...: I think she’s comparing their celebrity. Beyonce has the glitz, glamour amd flashing lights. That’s not Monica. Like she’d be more comfortable performing in front of crowd of 50K rather than a crowd of 200K. That’s what I got from that anyway lol Yeah she can say that all she want.....I loved Monica back in d day and even "After the Storm". Yeah I guess she is being real. Yeah be w/her (alleged) baby daddy all this time n say girls r stupid for throwing themselves at a man who got a lady. But ok, being a lil baby momma d rest of yo life cause u keep it so "real", Monica.
Natasha's picture

Oh, and that ain't

Oh, and that ain't photoshopped.I have a photog friend who worked with Mo befoer and apparently, she's used the same make-up artist for years and that's how he put on her make-up and she likes it! It's sad though, cause I've seen her in person and her skin is BEAUTIFUL, so she doesn't need it, but it's her choice. She is hella skinny though :-)But that's just her build. She's tall and slim, that ain't changing, I don't care what she eats.
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FATIMA: monica said on her

FATIMA: monica said on her twitter that she did not like the cover title and that they put it that way to sell magazines and i believe her. she said she spoke positively on all shes been through and she really didnt like the way they chopped up her quote about dallas. she also said that she told them she never asked rocko about marriage because she felt he would come to that on his own time and he did and she even has a date already , she said she did it that way because all of her male associates said that when they married women because its what they thought they should do they all ended up divorced. but that she likes the fact that rocko came to marriage on his own. and she also stated they were 19 when they began dating. so shes no different than most of us. i love that she keeps it real eventhough she knows people are gonna judge Umm she never said that on Twitter. And from someone who's actually READ the article, it DOES say all the positive things she said, she said about Rocko and otherwise and it NEVER even mentions Beyonce or Dallas. So maybe these are extra quotes or something. And of course it's worded like that to sell a magazine. What else would be the purpose of having a magzine if not to sell it?!
Dark skinned cutie's picture

monica said on her twitter

monica said on her twitter that she did not like the cover title and that they put it that way to sell magazines and i believe her. she said she spoke positively on all shes been through and she really didnt like the way they chopped up her quote about dallas. she also said that she told them she never asked rocko about marriage because she felt he would come to that on his own time and he did and she even has a date already , she said she did it that way because all of her male associates said that when they married women because its what they thought they should do they all ended up divorced. but that she likes the fact that rocko came to marriage on his own. and she also stated they were 19 when they began dating. so shes no different than most of us. i love that she keeps it real eventhough she knows people are gonna judge
FATIMA's picture

Monica is still doing it very

Monica is still doing it very well... and clearly is a very thoughtful and mature sister. Though she may not reach the typical RnB "star" status, her talent caanot be denied.
Hell Is Not Full's picture

Mrs. Word: Love Monica to

Mrs. Word: Love Monica to death BUT WHY HASN’T ANYONE SAID ANYTHING ABOUT THE OVERSIZED GUMMI BEARS AROUND HER NECK??? I personally HATE when people don’t tell stars uhh don’t wear that, or uhmm Beyonce you need a touch up perm on the side before this interview, or Trina, Lil Kim or Foxy that outfit is tacky? Love them all to death but where is your NO team? tru dat! love her tho..lol
biotch pleez!'s picture

ummm trillafatfood or

ummm trillafatfood or whatever your name is...why if you didnt carecome in a post and waste your time hating on someone you dont know..i bet his fav artist album just floppeed and he salty at monica for doin her thang...mo never went with a married man and all mo albums are gold or platinum..even The Makings Of Me drop gold son...and throwin out that someone parent has cancer not cool fool...remember karma is a BITCH!
BROWN&LOVELY's picture

Love Monica to death BUT WHY

Love Monica to death BUT WHY HASN'T ANYONE SAID ANYTHING ABOUT THE OVERSIZED GUMMI BEARS AROUND HER NECK??? I personally HATE when people don't tell stars uhh don't wear that, or uhmm Beyonce you need a touch up perm on the side before this interview, or Trina, Lil Kim or Foxy that outfit is tacky? Love them all to death but where is your NO team?
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i strongly disagree..there is

i strongly disagree..there is such thing as a "underrated artist" Monica doesn't necessarily fall in that category BUT she has been in the game for over 15 yrs and people STILL do not give her the respect that she has earned & deserves..PERIOD. Monica has all the components- she is amazingly talented vocally, she is beautiful, intelligent, articulate and Inspiring :-) The Makings Of Me was a very good Album but it did not sell well :-( The Past Is The Past and she is focused on making her NEW Album a true Success!!! !!!!Go Team Monica!!!!!!!!!
TREATMENT28's picture

There is no such thing as a

There is no such thing as a "underrated artist"(IMO), if you like a artist you buy there albums. Point.Blank.Period Just had to say that, cause these so called "fans" kill me with this "underrated" bullcrap.
Peyton...... Alicia Keys "The Element of Freedom" out in sto's picture

I don't mean no harm, but why

I don't mean no harm, but why does Monica look like Prince in one of those pictures. LOL.
rena1970's picture

o yeah... AND DO YALL NOT

o yeah... AND DO YALL NOT THINK THAT PIC RIGHT NEXT TO MONICA OF WHITNEY AINT AIR BRUSHED, OR ANY MUTHAFUCKN PICTURE BEYONCE OR RIHANNA BEEN IN...PLEEZE GTFO HER NUTSAC WIT THAT BULLSHIT... monica, keep the haters talkin ya name BOO BOO!
biotch pleez!'s picture

trillafood: Flop album,

trillafood: Flop album, messing with a married man, boyfriend committing suicide right in front of her and father has cancer. monica aint NEVER fucked wit a married man! and her father is now FREE of cancer...thank-u and good night!
biotch pleez!'s picture

i agree with nina......i

i agree with nina......i respect her for having gone thru all of that and still coming out HEAD STRONG! she could have easily came out like brittney spears. I LOVE AND RESPECT HER!
cassie's picture

ppl kill me with these

ppl kill me with these ignorant ass comments! just because someone is financially comfortable does not mean that they are exempt from life's problems...everyone has them and deals with them differently. yes shes had a great career, but how would u take having to grow-up in the limelight ALL of your life, and having that responsibility of being a rolemodel, every lifes lesson and mistake being made in the public for the public to judge you, and the pressures of having to stay relevent, not to mention the compitition, and having to constantly watch whos in your circle for those who are only there to take advantage of you, amongst all the other behind-the scene things that go on that comes with being a celebrity...these are just SOME of the things she had to endure at the age of 13-14!
nina's picture

Monica Looks Fantastic!!!

Monica Looks Fantastic!!! Christian Mugler (her make artist) Has Truly Made Her Look Like A Geisha :-) We May Have Heard Monica's Story Before But She Is Very Consistent. She Loves Her Family And Is Very God Fearing. Monica Is Empowering, Positive, Intelligent, and Sophisticated. Her Fashion In This Spread Is Through The Roof! I Can Not Wait For Her New Reality Show "STILL STANDING" B.E.T October 27, 2009 @ 10pm. I Hope It Opens Up A New Demographic Of People And Increase Her Already LARGE Fan Base!!! Love You Monica xoxoxoxoxo
TREATMENT28's picture

Contemplative: I Love ha!!

Contemplative: I Love ha!! but where has she struggled?? I know she had to experience her bf get killed but she making it seem like she’s been thru wat Keyshia Cole’s fam has been thru. She just said they’ve been stable and she is dating Rocko (rapper/ATL boss) since I can remember. She has had a great career and a beautiful son now so I dont understand. Flop album, messing with a married man, boyfriend committing suicide right in front of her and father has cancer.
trillafood's picture

Love Monica, Cute

Love Monica, Cute pics....glad to see her still able to do her thing.
Kris's picture

Contemplative: I Love ha!!

Contemplative: I Love ha!! but where has she struggled?? I know she had to experience her bf get killed but she making it seem like she’s been thru wat Keyshia Cole’s fam has been thru. She just said they’ve been stable and she is dating Rocko (rapper/ATL boss) since I can remember. She has had a great career and a beautiful son now so I dont understand. Everyone's struggles arent the same though ma. Her struggle may be something more than Keyshia Cole's family (or similar) and she just hasnt chosen to reveal all of it in the media like others do. Gotta respect her for keeping her a lot of her personal life personal.
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I absolutely luvs Monica!!!

I absolutely luvs Monica!!! She has always been so real and her voice is beautiful!! I can still put on her very first album and listen the whole way through like its brand new. I will always support anyone positive and true to themselves so I cant wait until she comes out with a new album.
SuchALady09's picture

I don't care for the pics but

I don't care for the pics but I love me some Mo!!
kashe's picture

monica i was slowly scrolling

monica i was slowly scrolling up and reading comments as i went up and girl people are a trip. always full of shyt just have to find something wrong . i can see that if they could put a picture of king kong up on the screen people would find some vicious shyt to say about him and we all know that when you are happy with your life and the things that make you happy then theres no reason to treat other people mean even if they are artist they have feeling just like every body else. they was praying that you said something about you know who so they would have something to start a cybro fight with but you out did them and they can't find nothing on what you talked about now they are talking about your make up well its a good thing that you need none of the negative remarks to define you because you already know that you are to hot to worry about the small stuff, people needs to get a life.
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and moncia i hope that all of

and moncia i hope that all of the other people in the industry learn how to answere question that just might be loaded questions for a big feed back later on. you did a super job life is so short here today and gone tomorrow and people needs to realize that instead of trying to keep lot of unessary shyt going on all of the damn time. people needs to grow up just like some people think that your make up is to heavy but they have forgotten that they do not have to like your make up and that its your face and you look dam good.looking forward to your show and i love the heck out of you and keshias song trust you both tore that song up and at the awards show the two of you showed up and showed all the way out i respect you because you are like i said the real deal.
REAL DEAL's picture

MONICA YOU ARE ONE BADD

MONICA YOU ARE ONE BADD SISTER YOU ARE BEAUTIFUL, SMART, AND SEXY AND AT THE SAME TIME A SINGER, ACTRESS, MOTHER AND A WHOLE LOT MORE AND YOU ARE THE REAL DEAL.
REAL DEAL's picture

I Love ha!! but where has she

I Love ha!! but where has she struggled?? I know she had to experience her bf get killed but she making it seem like she's been thru wat Keyshia Cole's fam has been thru. She just said they've been stable and she is dating Rocko (rapper/ATL boss) since I can remember. She has had a great career and a beautiful son now so I dont understand.
Contemplative's picture

Mo keeping it real love it.

Mo keeping it real love it.
dee's picture

Yes Monica!!! Tell this

Yes Monica!!! Tell this younger generations that Whitney was in a league of her on and everyone that sings between the ages of 25-35 has been inspired by her. She is one of one and so is Monica!! I love the fact that she is ALWAYS herself and real!!
whitneynstevie's picture

Derek Blanks made Monica look

Derek Blanks made Monica look like a pale, ghostly fool. Why is she so light in these photos? That is not cute at all. ITs bad enough shes not photogenic.
trillafood's picture

who cares quit asking her

who cares quit asking her about c-murder I wish she just get some new music out quick
luvly14u's picture

I agree with you. I thought I

I agree with you. I thought I was the only one not feeing these pics. Not a good look at all. makeup: any i the only one UPSET at Monica’s photoshopped face to make her look light-skinned near pinkish. OMG THese pictures are HORRIBLE…please someone agree with me???!?!?
Tania's picture

lolz: i dont even like R&B

lolz: i dont even like R&B tbh but AND? got it right…Monica is the best singer there is now. To deny that is simply foolish. Erica youza hater, makeup; that mag cover is photoshopped…they all are cept the one in red isnt as much…not her face anyways…. Not feeling like explaining shadows n alignment and all that. Anways, for those of you who watched the BET awards, yall know she killed Ms Cole on ms Cole’s song. She was hittin them notes dead on the money and she was fierce in that black. Also; NO WEAVE OMG……women with no weave is sooo sexy. you dont wanna pull that shit and have it come out and she’s mad; moments gone, you get none. Smfh uh uh, she got that real hair….she is fire. Beyonce could keep that yak or whatever the fck it is she and all the rest of them other heffers be wearing. Rihanna fans plz be quiet, she not even in the same league. Monica and J Hud would be great but to compare them. Monica is cuter to me, not because of complexion but just her facial features; nice eyes, cute nose, sexy mfing lips…J Hud got nice lips 2 but Monica is all that and then some. She is bad to the brizzle, swag is offical, outta this world ho3, she sky high…drizzy on the remix lolz I love Monica too but giiiiirrrrrrl, you are a STAN!! LOL! They talk about Bey stans but you almost sound homosexual. But hey, you love you some Monica...aint nothing wrong with that.
wow's picture

I love Monica, but she needs

I love Monica, but she needs to eat something, like 5lbs even wont hurt! And her makeup is nice, but to cakey, like a drag queen is prob her makeup artist!
lipz's picture

i dont even like R&B tbh but

i dont even like R&B tbh but AND? got it right...Monica is the best singer there is now. To deny that is simply foolish. Erica youza hater, makeup; that mag cover is photoshopped...they all are cept the one in red isnt as much...not her face anyways.... Not feeling like explaining shadows n alignment and all that. Anways, for those of you who watched the BET awards, yall know she killed Ms Cole on ms Cole's song. She was hittin them notes dead on the money and she was fierce in that black. Also; NO WEAVE OMG......women with no weave is sooo sexy. you dont wanna pull that shit and have it come out and she's mad; moments gone, you get none. Smfh uh uh, she got that real hair....she is fire. Beyonce could keep that yak or whatever the fck it is she and all the rest of them other heffers be wearing. Rihanna fans plz be quiet, she not even in the same league. Monica and J Hud would be great but to compare them. Monica is cuter to me, not because of complexion but just her facial features; nice eyes, cute nose, sexy mfing lips...J Hud got nice lips 2 but Monica is all that and then some. She is bad to the brizzle, swag is offical, outta this world ho3, she sky high...drizzy on the remix lolz
lolz's picture

any i the only one UPSET at

any i the only one UPSET at Monica's photoshopped face to make her look light-skinned near pinkish. OMG THese pictures are HORRIBLE...please someone agree with me???!?!?
makeup's picture

Monica= THAT REAL RNB

Monica= THAT REAL RNB
Ieshia's picture

BEST SINGER TODAY HANDS

BEST SINGER TODAY HANDS DOWN... FINALLY SOME R&B
AND?'s picture

Always loved her. She's

Always loved her. She's gorgeous and talented! Killer combination!
jennielove's picture

Monica is one FAB

Monica is one FAB chic....nuff said!
lovelylocs's picture

i love me some monica thats

i love me some monica thats my berch vocally no one can see her point blank period !
actingbetty's picture

I love Mo! She's just

I love Mo! She's just herself and is quick to check someone if needs be. She, Brandy and Aaliyah made some the hottest music period. That was a period when everyone had music for their own age group, but even though they were teens, the music was written in such a way that could reach both teens and adults. Today,it's just adults singing to children. Mo is part of the last generation of great r&b music. I will check out the show as long as it doesn't turn ghetto like other shows. Mo's always kept to herself so it should be good. Hopefully BET doesn't "ghetto it up."
tagirl27's picture

when bey stans feel no threat

when bey stans feel no threat they don't make negative comments. that is all
mima's picture

ohh i meant THE BEST

ohh i meant THE BEST SANGER.....GO MONICA, KEEP PUSHING ON MAMA!
BROWN&LOVELY's picture

Riddle me this Riddle me

Riddle me this Riddle me that...why do they ask damn near every female R & B singer a career comparison question that includes Beyonce? Is the media purposely baiting these chicks to bad mouth Bey? I'm just sayin..... Other than that..I loved her commentary and the pics are absolutely beautiful - go 'head Moni do you, chica!
Hmmmm....'s picture

Makeup looks like she is

Makeup looks like she is dead, she is too skinny and her feet is hella big but she still cute in the face even though she wears way too much MAKEUP ALL THE TIME! Not really excited about her, Nothing original anymore.
well..'s picture

ahhh monica is coming

ahhh monica is coming back...thank goodness, its about time. hope she sells many many albums cause to me she's one of the best sangers out there!
BROWN&LOVELY's picture

Monica has the same

Monica has the same expression in every pic. Her haircut stays on point though!
SweetDivaT's picture

Tania: Is it just me or is

Tania: Is it just me or is Monica looking a foolish mess in those photos?? Sorry…not feeling these shots at all. ITS YOU BOO!!!
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