Nina Simone’s Daughter Pens Tell-All Piece On Singer: “She Could Be A Monster

Published: Sunday 13th Jul 2014 by David


A decade after her passing in Bouches-du-Rhône, France, the daughter of singer Nina Simone has penned an unflattering tell-all piece on the pianist, revealing that she was often attacked and neglected by the entertainer.

Her story below…

On her mother, Lisa Celeste Stroud told ‘The Daily Mail’:

My mother could be a monster. I was not a happy child when I was alone with her.My mum shot me down a lot, attacked me in public. It is easy to attack children, they are small and depend on you. Ugly truths have come out and relationships have died because people treated me as a commodity.Too many people had ulterior motives.


I’d like to think if she had taken two seconds to think about her behaviour she would have done things differently but I’m not sure.

My mother was angry with the world and often the only person around to blame was me.When my parents were together my mother was more giving and open but with the divorce she turned into someone you didn’t want to know. I had nothing to do with my father before his death.

Named Andrew Stroud, Lisa’s father was Simone’s second husband whom she wed in 1961, going onto become her manager and, rather unfortunately, exercised control over the singer with violence.

The ‘Mail’ explains:

Court documents accuse him of trying to cash in on his ex-wife’s name by claiming ownership of hundreds of her recordings, allegedly gifted to him as part of their 1972 divorce settlement.

Lisa and her team have attempted to wrest them back for the estate – only to have Stroud sue Lisa for copyright infringement and punitive damages. They in turn claim his actions have devalued and diminished the true worth of Nina’s legacy.

‘My mother did not make all those sacrifices for her estate to be thrown away,’ Lisa says today.

‘I did not go through what I did to have her contribution forgotten.

‘I had no relationship with my father. He thought he could use me to get control of my mother’s estate and when I decided to stand my ground he decided to make my life a living hell.’

The unfolding anarchy surrounding the new Saldana film Nina seems an appropriate reflection of her chaotic life, and it produces a wry smile from Lisa.

‘They did not ask me or the Nina Simone estate to participate in the film at all. It is based on a lie because it is based on the life of my mother’s assistant, Clifton Henderson.

‘Clifton was gay so he could not have had an affair with my mother, which is what the film implies.

‘And my mother was raised at a time when she was told her nose was too wide, her skin was too dark…

‘She was rejected by the U.S. She loved classical music and wanted to become the first black classical pianist but her dreams turned to dust because of the colour of her skin.

Speaking more on Zoe Salanda‘s portrayal of her mother, the 51 year old explained:

Zoe Saldana portraying her is a bad joke because there are more gifted actresses who are more in keeping with my mother’s appearance.

I know how my mother would feel about Zoe, so they are making a mockery of her experiences to construct their own truth.

The goal seems to be to bleed me dry of everything my mother stood for, of everything she sacrificed. She had many experiences in her life that left her feeling sad and angry. They approached the estate for permission to use some of the songs but as administrator I refused. I had the biggest laugh when I heard that Cynthia Mort (the movie’s original director) had been pushed out of the film. You could call it karma. There is most certainly a divine order at work. I have been married 18 years, I have a good relationship with my children and I hope I’ll get to die with a smile on my face surrounded by my family. My mother never got that. She passed away still in search of comfort and love. Perhaps if she had them, she might, in the end, have known peace.


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  1. QueenCeline July 13, 2014

    Some of the most talented people in the world are the most tormented.

    • VisionofMimi July 13, 2014

      Celine is one of the few who seems to have kept her sanity.

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  2. BionicGlam July 13, 2014

    Nina is the true definition of a legend, not Beyonce or Rihanna.

    • PaulAllahSlaydul July 13, 2014

      Very true, I hear so much of her voice in Christina.

    • TRUTH SERUM July 13, 2014

      This isn’t a Beyonce post, Nina is a completely different artist. Legendary can be defined in several different ways. Did you say Christina??? Now that was an insult.

    • Sam Loves Rihanna July 13, 2014

      How are Beyonce’s four-year-old siblings??? If TGJ stan down for Beyonce and her accomplishments, they are really slipping on their Beyonce coverage.

    • Special Delivery July 13, 2014

      Certainly NOT ScreamTina. WTF does this have to do with them anyway? Mad.

  3. Stephy July 13, 2014

    Really, EXTREMELY talented artist are CRAZY AS HELL BEHIND CLOSE DOORS..
    1.) Michael Jackson
    2.) Mariah Carey
    3.) R Kelly
    4.) James Brown
    5.) Jackie Wilson
    6.) Jimmie Hendrix
    7.) Bill Withers
    8.) Whitney Houston
    9.) Liberace… And the list goes on & on & on…

    • JanetXone July 13, 2014

      Michael Jackson deserves to be #1 on the list. Talented man but he was a paedophile and nobody can deny that anymore.

      • Stephy July 13, 2014

        Actually, he was not proven to be a child m*******. There is NOTHING on him to prove those charges except for word to mouth stories…

      • Sam Loves Rihanna July 13, 2014

        Dumb biitch, nobody proved that MJ was a Chester. How dare you use his sister’a name and say that.

    • Sam Loves Rihanna July 13, 2014

      So that’s why Beyoncé, Jay-Z, Rihanna, Elvis or the Justins would never make that. They seem like normal people because they aren’t gifted or that talented.

      GaGa and Kanye should be towards the top of this list.

      • Stephy July 13, 2014

        This is oddly kinda true! But, I really think Beyonce has her demons. We wont know about them until further down her career. She is not this perfect person she portrays herself to be…

      • Did Ya say Justin Bieber,Beyoncè,Miley,Lady Gaga,One Direction,Rita Ora,Sam Smith,Lil Kim or Austin Mahone? July 13, 2014

        Elvis had his problems and ya know it..mad tha king be more relevant that ya fav

    • Beygency July 13, 2014

      Everyone has their demons.. I just think people want her to have these out of control problems so that they can tarnish her “perfect girl” image & I don’t think that’s who she’s trying to be anymore

    • Dustin July 13, 2014

      It warms my heart that someone threw out the name Bill Withers! And that you know his story! He should be more widely respected. Al Green was a bigger star and Otis Redding died young but Bill was the best out of the 3.

  4. Lana Tropicana July 13, 2014

    Do you see why people hate Iggy so much. Black people fought HARD to have their work celebrated and now you see people like her coming from behind, snatching it and using it to get ahead. Nobody ever dissed Pink or Robin Thicke for being R&B because they were authentic but Iggy isn’t and has the NERVE to be racist too.

    • PrettyinPINK July 13, 2014

      Good point re Pink and Robin, you can tell that they truly love(d) the music they listen to and made and that’s why everyone supported them. Iggy is a terrible rapper and made those racist comments so it’s hard for people to accept her.

    • shaquinisha-rose July 13, 2014

      Your comment is just as racist.

    • Brian310 July 13, 2014

      But Pink never wanted to do R&B music she was forced by LA Reid to make urban music when she 1st came out.

  5. Stephy July 13, 2014

    Also, DEATH at her daughter spelling her mothers tea… LMAO

    • Stephy July 13, 2014


  6. BeyBeyKing July 13, 2014

    I have a serious question.
    If your next door neighbor was accused of molesting as many kids as MJ was would you call the kids liars? It’s loco that so many DIFFERENT boys from DIFFERENT walks of life have accused the same person of the same thing and you decide that they’re ALL lying because you don’t want to believe it.

    The maid in the second trial SAID that MJ abused Wade and Wade denied it, but then said it was true years later. Was the maid psychic? Think about that one.

      • Stephy July 13, 2014

        Once again, this is a WORD TO MOUTH accusation. He has no real proof of being mollested. I know that sounds harsh but thats how the justice system works. Also, it was very convenient to come out & say those things while MJ’s mother was in a BILLION DOLLARS lawsuit with AEG…
        If Wade was able to LIE in the court room (allegedly) back in 2004. And make people believe Michael never touched him. What makes me believe he could not LIE again to get hush money… We have not herd from Wade in a while, I WONDER WHY…?

    • Stephy July 13, 2014

      Unfortunately, you cannot go off of what people say when it comes to celebrities & when millions of dollars are involved. Many people came out & said they were molested by Michael. Just as many people came out & said Michael Jackson fathered my baby…
      In the court system, you are innocent until PROVEN guilty. Wade should’ve told the truth (if it really was the truth) during the trail. There was NOTHING on Michael Jackson except for word to mouth accusations…

      • JanetXone July 13, 2014

        So basically what you’re saying is that rich people are incapable of committing crimes, because anybody who accuses them of something is only doing it for money.

      • MDNA2014 July 13, 2014

        Innocent until proven guilty does not mean that you are innocent, it means that there wasn’t enough proof to convict you. That doesn’t mean that he didn’t do it, and I think you should take a long hard look at yourself if you think there was nothing suspect about MJ’s obsession with little boys.

      • Stephy July 13, 2014

        Accusations are accusations. You have to prove them. But, I personally do believe he was a child molesterrr & mentally crazy. But, BY LAW he was found NOT guilty. They found NOTHING on him… Even a jury, of mostly WHITE women/men FOUND nothing on him… so, therefor in this country he was an innocent man. And that’s the law. Sorry.

  7. Me.I Am Maxwell July 13, 2014

    Oh Stephy, I thought you were smarter than that. So you think it’s a coincidence that ALL of those boys who just happen to be around the same age and were known to have spent time in house were lying? Come on sis, I get that you love him but don’t be naive. All that glisters isn’t gold.

  8. Stephy July 13, 2014

    Honestly, I think Michael WAS a child m******* among other things. But, thats all I can do is THINK! I can NEVER say HE WAS for sure a m*******. Because, I was not there & in court documents (that are available for public) it shows NOTHING about Michael actually having s** or touching children inappropriately. Its just accusations. These families also was known to have shady dealings. They were crooks. The Chandler family stole plenty of money from celebs. Just look it up.
    If, Michael was a m******* SOMETHING would’ve came out to prove it. So, by LAW he is an innocent man. But, opinions are opinions… That’s the truth!

    • BeyBeyKing July 13, 2014

      I feel you sis. That is true, in the eyes of the law he was innocent but in the eyes of fact he was dirty p********.

  9. TeenageDreamer July 13, 2014

    I have to chuckle when people say “but it’s his word against his.” B****, how many criminals do you know video tape their crimes. It’s always one person’s word against another when it comes to those kinds of crimes. You people are just like the people who question if a woman was actually r**** even if she takes any longer than five minutes to report it to the police.

    • Tisha July 13, 2014

      Which is why we judge people based on evidence and not merely hearsay.

      People have plenty of reasons to commit fraud, including SOME women who claim to be r****. The occurrence of false r*** and assault accusations tend to be very low statistically however, so the cases usually stack up in the victom’s favor in terms of whether they have wrongful intentions.

      That being said false accusations DO occur. Suggesting that someone should automatically believe the victim without evidence goes against our justice system and is as ignorant as the people who automatically believe the woman is lying.

      Better to be cautious than be to easily manipulated.

  10. Henny July 13, 2014

    Post Brandys new cover of coldplays “Magic”!!

  11. Yours Truly July 13, 2014

    Nina Simone one of the most talented black women to ever be in this world. Her voice & soul unmatched. Thank You Nina for your incredible voice that has healed so many souls. she was part of the Black South Movement. She changed the world & no matter what she did closed doors she was also human she was also stressed & had feelings.. My mom hated my family when her & dad got divorced she literally left us and went away. So I don’t blame. Omg this brings back the memories of my parents & I’ll just stop now. Let’s celebrate how great Nina was and how amazing her voice was thank you.

    • Stephy July 13, 2014

      How old are you?

      • Yours Truly July 13, 2014

        I’m 16 turning 17 this year. Why?

      • Stephy July 13, 2014


      • Yours Truly July 13, 2014

        That’s rude imma be real with you. . Anyways

      • Kii July 13, 2014

        He wants your pussie that’s why

  12. Did Ya say Justin Bieber,Beyoncè,Miley,Lady Gaga,One Direction,Rita Ora,Sam Smith,Lil Kim or Austin Mahone? July 13, 2014

    Good beautiful people do bad thangs,look at Jeremy Meeks who be so handsome..

    • Tisha July 13, 2014

      We really don’t know if he’s good or not.

      Handsome does not equal good.

      The saying goes bad things hide in pretty packages, something to keep in mind.

  13. Did Ya say Justin Bieber,Beyoncè,Miley,Lady Gaga,One Direction,Rita Ora,Sam Smith,Lil Kim or Austin Mahone? July 13, 2014

    Shame on this kid,U done are evil tah say that s*** in public…tryna make attention be come ya way ewww..this be as fake as MJ charges,tryna get a couple bucks..i see ya

  14. Yours Truly July 13, 2014

    I really don’t understand this Beyoncé hate she’s very talented and very influential and inspiring I don’t get why are people are so obsessive to see her fail or flop. Especially some black folks its such an embarrassment, I mean you can dislike her music but you can’t deny her talent, Drive & beauty. This applys to every talented musician.

  15. Suicide Blonde July 13, 2014

    What an ungrateful soul, let your mother R.I.P.

    On Michael topic:

    Some people say that the media’s tried to put Michael Jackson down because he was a black man and became too big, America is racist, ect, ect, but it was the opposite, of course some media’s that are not that important gave him some heat but other than that and for what he was accused for, he wasn’t tormented enough, the America system is mafia, music, cinema, the list go on, big names helped to hide and cover up his acts, America has never abandoned any of their biggest cultural icons, not matter if they are angels or devil, they do anything to help them, from politics, actors to musicians, after all they are Americana, part of our history, musicians that make us proud, the white house helped Elvis Presley in all the illegal things he did, the same with Frank Sinatra and Michael Jackson, there was evidance in those kids but the goverment hided those facts, imagine if he would have been found guilty, that would have been the most shocking thing to happen to such a big star, i mean, those things don’t happen even to the Jason Derulo’s of the world, let alone Michael Jackson, he was a p********, he liked little boys, he was a gay man with serious mental problems, that’s a fact, his fans can stay in denial their whole lives but i think we all know in our hearts that he was guilty.

    • Tisha July 13, 2014

      Someone should be grateful for abuse?

      • Suicide Blonde July 13, 2014

        But why now?, i mean the woman is dead, and after all is your mother.

      • Tisha July 13, 2014

        Because when someone is abused it takes them YEARS often to come to erms with what happened to them and be able to vocalize it.

        ESPECIALLY when the person who abused them is someone they trusted or someone with a respectable reputation where others would admire the accuser and distrust the victim.

        Do you assume the young boys r**** by priests are ungrateful because suddenly in their 20’s, 30’s, and 40’s they admitted to their abuse?

        I don’t see how someone being your mother excuses them if they hurt you. The man who let his child die in a suffocatingly hot car was his Father, that didn’t protect the little boy.

      • Suicide Blonde July 13, 2014

        I get your point and the examples you mentioned are very different from this case, she’s accusing her mother while trying to be involved in how Hollywood wants to portray her mother, i think is a little hypocrite.

    • PYTFROMAL July 13, 2014

      You can feel what you want in your heart that dkesnt make it fact. Until you can provide facts that shows he molested anyone, your statement is invalid. As far as his fans such as myself, we go by facts. Facts are , the Fbi and LAPD investigated the situation and never found any evidence supporting the claims.

      • Suicide Blonde July 13, 2014

        Man, i was one of the ones that was praying that he wasn’t found guilty because he was Michael Jackson, that can’t happen to him, and i’m not even a fan, i didn’t think for a second in those kids, that’s the mentality of most Americans, we think of these celebrities as Gods, has anyone think about the trauma those kids suffered, Michael even paid some families millions of dollars to shut their mouths, if you have nothing to hide then why?, that’s the thing, why?

      • PYTFROMAL July 13, 2014

        Nonsense. I suggest you read up on both trials. As far as the settlement, the Chandlers requested to have the civil case first, MJ requested the criminal case first. In a civil case, the burden of proof is not the same as in a criminal case. MJ settled the civil case due to negligence not child molestation. Also, the family refused to participate in the criminal case after the settlement. To me that screams they were looking for money. Also, as I said no evidence was found on MJ and you know good and well the media was NOT on MMs side.

      • Suicide Blonde July 13, 2014

        If that makes you sleep well at night, all i know is that your idol was a disturbed person, i do believe he had a thing for kids, especially little boys, there are several serial killers, and other scum people who weren’t found guilty due to lack of evidence but even the police knows that they are guilty, it just that the law unfortunately works that way, innocent until proven guilty.

      • PYTFROMAL July 13, 2014

        Again, you can THINK what you want but do you have any facts to prove it? And lets be clear, settling in a civil case doesn’t and didn’t prevent the family from participating in the criminal case they chose not to. So the settlement was NOT hush money. Stop believing media sensationalism.

        I don’t care what you or anyone else thinks about my ‘fave’ , we all have opinions, like my opinion is that your fave has no talent but facts remain no evidence was brought against him. His court files are public, why not read up instead of being a media puppet? That goes for you and all the idiots who commented above.

      • Suicide Blonde July 13, 2014

        Idiots are those who still think this man was an angel, he molested those kids, even Michael is laughing somewhere thinking how he fooled the world, as i said the majority of the media tried to protect him, we all remember those days, honey, oh and don’t compare Madonna to him, that’s an insult to her, he might have been more talented than her but she isn’t a child m*******, drug addict nor a freak.

      • tits mcgee July 13, 2014

        Thank you @PYTFROMAL! You stick to facts and not conjecture, unlike these mental midgets on here.

      • tits mcgee July 13, 2014

        Intelligent people provide receipts for their ‘facts‘. The ignorant believe their thoughts are fact! #WhereAreYourReceipts

      • Suicide Blonde July 13, 2014

        You are ignoring this fact, not matter if you are guilty or innocent, is there isn’t a proof then the police can’t do anything about it, there are several closed cases for that reason, most of it are murder cases, some criminals managed to clean any evidence of their dna, Michael was very smart, he knew what he was doing, it’s a matter of opinions, is your word against mine, i have not receipts that he was guilty but neither you that he wasn’t, all you have is a man who wasn’t found guilty but how many criminals have escaped the laws, even after being processed due to lack of evidence, the world knows he was guilty but this is democracy, innocent until proven guilty.

      • tits mcgee July 13, 2014

        You admitted you have no receipts for your claims so there is no reason for you to go on with this. You are the claiming you and the whole world know something sinister about Michael, and that he is somewhere laughing about what he allegedly did so it’s on you to provide the proof Mr Judge! You can‘t so knock it off.

        And you think maybe Michael was more talented than Madonna? Lol. No if, ands or buts about that one.


      • Suicide Blonde July 13, 2014

        This indeed will go nowhere, i’m claiming my beliefs but so are you with the whole he was innocent because blah, blah, blah, also MJ was more talented than Madonna in some aspects, not in everything, we can spend a whole day arguing about that too and you obviously will put Michael in first place in EVERYTHING that can be considered talent.

      • tits mcgee July 13, 2014

        My opinions are based in evidence

        1- none of the children knew any of the distinguishing marks on MJ’s body.

        2- no child p*** or pictures were found at any of his homes or computers.

        3- the FBI and LAPD thoroughly investigated and found no evidence of abuse at all.

        4- the parents went for the money in civil cases and none of the accusers participated in the criminal trial.

        5- all my beliefs as you call them are a matter of public record so look up the case. Those are REAL receipt!

        6- your beliefs are not based in facts but in your imagination

      • tits mcgee July 13, 2014

        According to your logic I should be able to say you molested me and you be put on trial found not guilty then still thrown in jail despite evidence to the contrary. You make no sense.

        P.s. MJ was vastly more talented than Madonna in most every way, IMO, but she had a slight edge with some visuals. 🙂

    • Tisha July 13, 2014

      Why would her being abused make her the wrong person to decide how her mother was portrayed? Tbh, I think much like Aaliyah Hollywood and fans can either gloss over or misrepresent how a person truly was in the pursuit of this general idea.

      She can love her mother, know how her mother TRULY is, and been abused by her. Neither one disproves the other and I believe she SHOULD have a strong role. She knows better than anyone the true Nina Simone.

  16. Thando July 14, 2014

    Stop this nonsense. Michael Jackson was clearly a p********, only a highly naive person could deny that. The court found him “not guilty” that does not mean he was innocent. not guilty means there was no sufficient evidence brought fought to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that he did indeed m***** those children. This does not mean he did not do it.
    I also hear people saying there is “no evidence”. I would really like to know what constitutes evidence when a minor accuses a man that he/she molested them?
    There is NO WAY more than 3 CHILDREN can come out INDEPENDENTLY against you, NO WAY. Children just don’t make up lies like that, they don’t.
    You do a tremendous disservice to children who are molested constantly by people who are held in high regard or people who have money (power) and for that you should be ashamed of yourself. Defending an obviously disturbed person in the name of fanatic hysteria.
    I hope you don’t dismiss your 7 year-old brothers or sisters if they come to you and say that they were molested by a well-respected member of society.
    Michael Jackson KNOWS WHAT HE DID. He was a vile, disgusting mammal who squandered his moral superiority(a lie) of loving children on the tip of his penis. I am vexed that there is no hell for him to burn in, however I am glad that there isn’t a heaven for him to enjoy either.
    Micheal Jackson, FOR SHAME!

    Also for shame to the adults who worked at that neverland place who knew exactly what was going on and did nothing! FOR SHAME, THEY ARE AS GUILTY.

    • tits mcgee July 14, 2014

      bullshiter. You can say it till your blue in the face but until you prove it, shut up. The children were coaxed by their grifter parents. Have you researched the accusers? Shut up you sound dumb. I have great sympathy for REAL victims. #BYE

      • Thando July 15, 2014

        What exactly is a “real” victim? And what do you mean by “#bye”.

        He was a p********, and there is not amount of fanatical hysteria that is going to dim the shame of it all.
        I sincerely hope you’re not as stupid as you sound.

      • tits mcgee July 15, 2014

        If you don’t understand what bye or proof mean then your the one who is stupid hun…and a real victim is your mother for giving birth to a moron. #ReadingIsFundamental #StupidLikeYouIsForever

  17. tits mcgee July 14, 2014

    Unless you were there or have some proof, how do you know what happened? You Star magazine readers are dumb as all get out. Maligning Micheal won’t provehe did anything.

    Why don‘t you worry about Nichole Schertnbetentwatzen¡ She deserves some sympathy…

    • Thando July 15, 2014

      What constitutes “some proof” of a sexual crime? Anyone who “malignining” this p******** is being very charitable. We have been rid of a very dangerous individual who thankfully had driven his own worthless life into a drug-infested plastic surgery-filled, circus that was in deep debt.

      • tits mcgee July 15, 2014

        Look up stupid and you will see your the definition of that word.
        While you are on Google find out the meaning of proof you fucktard!

        Once again speak on facts and not what the Enquirer told you.

  18. tits mcgee July 15, 2014

    The world would be a better place without you in it. Work that out and leave us soon. One less idiot would help the learning curve….

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