About five years afterward, Chilli began her famed relationship with Usher.
Despite a seven-year age difference, the couple seemed happy, though many questioned how faithful Usher could be to Chilli, especially given his reputation and bravado.
T-Boz didn’t fare much better in the love department, having married Mack 10 in 2000, only to divorce him four years later and obtain a restraining order against the rapper.
Chilli dated producer Dallas Austin for several years and the two have a son together, Tron.
Perhaps that was why so many fans were shocked when Usher was so committed when he began dating and then married his stylist Tameka Foster.
But in 1995, on their way to selling more than 10 million copies of the disc, the group’s members filed for bankruptcy, alleging they had a bad contract with La Face and their manager — Pebbles, aka, Perri Reid, wife of L. — that netted each of them barely more than $30,000 from ’s profits.
(The case was made that TLC’s financial issues were thanks to Left Eye’s fire incident and T-Boz’s medical bills — more on those later.) The group didn’t seem so crazy in their theory when, just a few years later, Toni Braxton filed for bankruptcy, much for the same reasons as TLC, though they each apparently renegotiated their contracts prior to the release of 2000’s , Left Eye had been dating Atlanta Falcons player Andre Rison. In retaliation, Left Eye allegedly burned some of Rison’s possessions in a bathtub, only to have the fire travel and burn down his mansion.
During its decade of dominance, La Face saw plenty of glory: TLC became the biggest-selling girl group of all-time; Toni Braxton won back-to-back Grammys; and Usher racked up No. Perhaps, then, it’s not surprising that after years of being built up, the label’s roster and accomplices have been brought down by some of the most dramatic moments in R&B history.
Matters of Money When TLC released their second album, the modern classic , Tionne “T-Boz” Watkins, Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes and Rozonda “Chilli” Thomas were ubiquitous mainstays of award shows, video outlets and radio.
In the 1990s, few R&B-oriented record labels held a candle to the success of La Face.
Founded by then-former members of The Deele, Mark “L. Reid” Rooney and Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds, La Face Records released early ’90s smash hit albums from TLC, Toni Braxton and the near-perfect soundtrack to Eddie Murphy’s “Boomerang”.
Chilli later revealed that several years prior to Tron’s birth, she had been pregnant with another child with Austin, but chose to have an abortion because of her young age and TLC’s forthcoming success.
She admitted to regretting the decision, but did have some consolation when she met her estranged father for the first time in 1996 on “The Sally Jessy Raphael Show”.