Finally, I can sleep again; I spent so many nights after the cancellation of What Chilli Wants lying awake, wondering “Will 1/3 of Gramming-winning supergroup TLC, Rozonda ‘Chilli’ Thomas, EVER find love?!?” It was really touch-and-go for a while; some days, I could barely summon the will to leave my bed and shuffle to the fridge for more Baileys and Club Soda (I call it a Fizzy Shame).
Chilli has a reason to smile again (or at least turn that frown she got from seeing VH1’s terrible TLC movie upside down) because Us Weekly is reporting that she’s currently dating the man who makes Bryant Gumbel look like Malcolm X, Wayne Brady. Instead of the standard relationship confirmation (getting coffee together) they instead engaged in some hardcore hand-holding after a TLC show at the MGM in Las Vegas:
“They were so cute, stopping to take pictures with fans,” an eyewitness tells Us of the night out. “He kept her close to him the whole time.” Mid-show, Chilli also gave the Emmy-award winning star a shout-out during the set and brought him on stage. (Chilli and Lil Mama performed for a private party MGM threw for their employees.)
“It has only been two weeks but they really like each other,” a source adds. “They’ve been friends for years but there has always been this flirtation. Both of them had a hard time being single, so they love dating a friend and someone in the business. They make a really great couple.”
They don’t mention how these two re-connected, but I can guess it went a little something like this:
After becoming dizzy and disoriented from the chemicals in the body paint used for her recent PETA shoot, Chilli wandered high out of her mind around Fairfax till she reached the CBS studios. Trying any unlocked door, she eventually found herself on the set where Wayne Brady films that game show where people dress up in stupid costumes (aka what the nursing home changes the channel to when The Price is Right isn’t coming in clear). Thinking she was just another loopy contestant hoping to win a blender or a trip to Scottsdale, AZ, Wayne called her to the stage to play some kind of Plinko rip-off, and began to recognize her through the layers up makeup, hay-covered weave, and slurring the lyrics to Creep. Wow, that was beautiful; I should write romance novels.
(Pics via Wenn)