Since the onset of Keyshia Cole‘s career, comparisons to Mary J. Blige have been a constant. Indeed, so rife has the chatter been that it birthed rumors of a rift between the R&B staples.
The climate wasn’t altogether helped when Cole said the following about “her idol” in a 2012 interview:
“I’m very happy to have been compared to such a wonderful woman, a strong woman. The only thing that I would’ve changed, that I am now here to do for those that come after me, is to lend a helping hand. I feel that even if it’s not me saying I’m gonna record with you, I’m gonna work with you or let’s go hang out or anything like that; we don’t have to be friends, but at the end of the day, being able to give advice or help somebody that is coming under you is an amazing gift to be able to have. I wish I would have had that from Mary, but I’m not Mary, I’m a different person and if K. Michelle ever call me or anybody for that matter, for advice, I would absolutely give it to them.”
Nonetheless, proving that there’s no bad blood, Keyshia and the Queen of Hip-Hop/Soul caught up backstage at a concert last night.
Clearly touched by the encounter (said to be their first), Cole captioned the snap:
I have so much ❤️ and respect for her!!! #SheWasInChillMode#AfterTheshowPic #LoveHer#YouGuysHaveNoIdeaWhatThisMeantToMe
#NowPlaying: Queen Latifah – ‘U.N.I.T.Y’