Last week during a guest appearance on Sunrise Australia, Chilli and T-Boz spoke proudly about becoming the "biggest selling girl group of all-time with our clothes on." T-Boz also seemingly threw some shade (at Rihanna, or so we thought at the time), saying, "Every time I see you, you don't have to be naked!"
But T-Boz and Chilli didn't mean to make RiRi feel unpretty with their words! During an interview with Yahoo Music, T-Boz claimed the comment was taken "out of context...manipulated and spliced up" to make it seem like she and Chilli were dissing the often scantily clad singer.
"I was talking about television shows," she explained. "Then you hear me saying something like, 'Every time we see you, you don't have to be naked,' and then [Sunrise] put [Rihanna's] picture up! How can I even talk about something I didn't see or care about?"
Chilli made the point that neither she nor T-Boz "mentioned any artist's name" during the interview. The ladies were asked if they had seen the completely see-through outfit Rihanna wore at the 2014 CFDA Awards, but T-Boz explained, "I said no, 'cause we're over here touring. I didn't know there was an awards show, and I had no idea what she wore."
The TLC gals were trying to send a message that, "It's cool if you don't wanna wear clothes. Do what you want, we don't care." But they also wanted the next generation of girls to know they should not "have to feel forced" to get naked to be successful coming up in the business.
As for Rihanna, who was understandably none too pleased when she thought the girl group members were trashing her for no good reason? Chilli did wish she'd handled the fabricated feud differently. "What is not cool is if we have a problem with an artist, or an artist has a problem with us, come to us directly, talk to us," she said. "Don't start a Twitter war and all this kind of stuff. That's silly."
One of the Twitter tactic RiRi used was posting a throwback shot of the TLC ladies topless, but as T-Boz pointed out, this was "the one picture in 22 years of our whole career, and it was for breast cancer awareness. If we do something like that, there's a good reason behind it."