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K.Michelle, the R&B singer and star of "Love And Hip Hop Atlanta," is speaking up about being linked to former NFL star Chad Ochocinco Johnson, who reportedly purchased a pet monkey for her.
K. Michelle, born Kimberly Pate, had the Twitter world abuzz earlier this year with rumors swirling about her dating Johnson. The former football star made headlines for physically assaulting his ex-wife and reality television star Evelyn Lozada last August and K. Michelle has been vocal about being a victim of a past abusive relationship.
She recently revealed the context of her relationship with the former NFL star was not what many assumed it was.
"I would never date Ocho. Not saying he's a bad person or anything," K.Michelle told New York City radio host Angela Yee recently. "I want him as my friend and I wanted a pet monkey and we found this monkey. He was trying to buy me some shoes for my birthday."
Although the singer said she was surprised that the athlete actually purchased a real pet monkey for her, she acknowledged that his past with women made her uninterested in pursuing anything romantic with him. While K.Michelle's reality show made its second season debut Monday night, she used her stint on the first season to allege that she was physically abused by her ex-boyfriend and music industry executive Mickey "Memphitz" Wright.
For that reason, the reality television star said she feared getting involved with the likes of Johnson.
"He's a really good person but it's kind of a scary situation for me. My fans were showing they weren't pleased with that," K.Michelle told the Power 105.1 fm radio host. "But he's a cool guy, he's going to be my friend. But a love connection ... too many (expletives) too many issues."