When asked about D’Angelo, this is what stone had to say: “When I was dating him he wore glasses, had short hair and his pants were hanging down to his butt. He was just a 19-year-old kid with big shorts and nobody cared and no one saw his beauty but me. And I told him, “You are beautiful. I promise you when your record drops your lips are gonna become famous, your eyes - everything will become famous.
She then went on to say: “He couldn’t see it because his self-esteem wasn’t where it is today. He didn’t even have an image and his hair was really short so I braided his hair with thread for his first album cover. It wasn’t until Brown Sugar came out that people actually took a good look at him and said, “You know what? He’s fine.” Then all of a sudden, he’s so fine he shouldn’t be with me.”
The ex-couple dated for four years and according to Stone, they became each other after being together for so long. She says, “when you’re with someone you become them, we started to become each other and pick up each other’s musical habits. So where he was in his life as an individual had a lot to do with how he expressed those songs.”
Angie had nothing bad to say about D’Angelo, in closing she says, “To set the record straight, D’Angelo is a genius and he doesn’t need Angie or anybody to make him who he is. What people need to know is that we were in love with each other so my presence, my spirit, my gift, all of that flowed into our relationship.”
Stone is currently working on an album titled "The Art of Love and War," which will be released on September 18, 2007 via Stax Records (Angie Stone Signs With Legendary Stax Records).
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