Chilli Clarifies Matthew Lawrence's Comments On Having Kids

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MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - NOVEMBER 04: Rozonda "Chilli" Thomas of TLC performs during Fridayz Live at Rod Laver Arena on November 04, 2022 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Naomi Rahim/WireImage)
Chilli says that Matthew Lawrence's comments on having kids were taken out of context.

Chilli Thomas has clarified her partner Matthew Lawrence's comments on wanting to have children. The TLC singer says that, while she's open to the idea, they haven't reached that stage in their relationship yet. Speaking on the Ryan Cameron Uncensored show, Chilli explained that Lawrence's comments were misunderstood and that she's waiting until marriage.

When asked directly if she'd like to have kids with Lawrence, she responded, “you never know.” She added, “I gotta be married for sure … and I’m not married, yet." From there, Chilli explained that Lawrence was talking about his older brother Joey Lawrence’s family plans when he was misunderstood to be discussing his own. “They didn’t show that part but when you go on there and you see the whole interview then you see he was not talking about us working on having a baby … because that’s not what’s happening," she said.

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LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - MARCH 09: Matthew Lawrence (L) and Chilli Thomas attend as Lifetime Celebrates Black Excellence with their Female Creatives and Talent at the +Play Partner House on March 09, 2023 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Randy Shropshire/Getty Images for Lifetime)

After his comments on having children with Chilli went viral, Lawrence confirmed what he meant to say to E! News. “Joe and I were commiserating about this plan that we had to have children together … when we were growing up," he explained. "And I missed the first go around and now he’s starting a new family and I was thinking, ‘Man, it’d be great if we could do it again when I didn’t have the chance to raise a family together.' So that’s what I meant by that. I didn’t mean to put any pressure on somebody I was dating or anything.” Lawrence also said of Chilli: “She’s an amazing person. She’s already a mother, she has an incredible son. I respect so much as to how she’s raised him. She’d be an incredible mother again and I’d be incredibly lucky but that’s way in the future.”

Chilli first confirmed she was dating Lawrence in January. Lawrence was previously married to Dancing With the Stars winner Cheryl Burke but the two separated in 2022.


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