Let’s face it, if you have a job, or a friend with a pool or a date with Chipotle, you have better things to do than read an 1800 word breakup letter from two of the three remaining members of Danity Kane.
So that’s why I’m here.
I’ve read through the full statement quite a few times and I’ve cut it down to the most important parts so that you can continue to have a life even though I clearly don’t.
It all started earlier this week (well, technically it started here in 2008 but I’m sticking to this breakup) when TMZ broke the news on Dawn Richard’s birthday that an altercation between group members Richard and Aubrey O’Day had occurred. According to the site, Richard punched O’Day, which resulted in a police report being filed.
The girls stayed pretty mum about the fight and the fate of the group until today when O’Day and Bex released statements telling their side of the story and announcing that Danity Kane was officially over…for the second time…after being reunited for just over a year.
O’Day’s version of the incident:
During a recent group meeting, a business conversation took a turn for the worst when my group member punched me in the back of my head while I was speaking to another associate. To be clear, she was not physically engaged or threatened prior to her attack on me. This is the same information I provided to the police, and witnesses also corroborated this account of the incident. I cannot condone or excuse any form of physical violence, particularly at the hands of someone I considered family. Disagreements happen. But a war of words and ideas should never end in physical aggression…
It breaks my heart that this violence is followed by no sign of remorse. For the past year, I watched small lies turn into bigger lies. Those bigger lies turned into verbal abuse. Now the verbal abuse has deteriorated into a physical assault. I put what I knew was right second to what I knew I could handle for the sake of the big-picture success this incredibly talented group of women could have achieved together.
Shannon Bex said she wasn’t going to point fingers, but she did admit that Richard was seemingly unprovoked when she hit O’Day:
I know this raises numerous questions. But, for me to delve into a “he said, she said” narrative is a tactic best reserved for those who shamelessly hope to gain followers, irrespective of the truth and the consequences of one’s actions. I am a grown and confident woman, and I only need to share my perspective…
As for the actions that have brought us to this broken ending, I cannot speak for anyone or explain their internal struggles that prompted this heartbreaking sequence of events. All I know is what I have seen. I did not witness a shouting match, a cat fight or a brawl. I witnessed a single direct punch.
Both girls agreed on the fact that Richard’s behavior has gotten increasingly “darker” recently.
Perhaps the saddest moment for fans is the part of the joint statement where the girls say they had completely finished their third album AND were planning to shoot three music videos in the coming days prior to the incident:
We know it must be devastating for our fans to have spent the last twelve months supporting our every move, and for that we cannot apologize enough. We share your frustration and anger! We spent a year living on each other’s couches, sacrificing any solo opportunity that came our way, finally finished our comeback album, and were days away from filming three music videos for you that would have played out as a short movie. We lived on calls, traded endless e-mails, and sat in meeting after meeting to bring together an amazing team of producers, agents, directors, and styling teams with no manager in place. We were at the finish line. We wish, more than anything, that our time, our team’s time, and most importantly your time as fans, was not taken for granted and carelessly disregarded.
Dawn Richard commented on the incident via Twitter moments ago. According to an article that she retweeted, the incident occurred after Richard found out her group members were recording and taking meetings behind her back. She didn’t apologize for punching O’Day, but she did say this to fans:
Extremely sorry to the fans. You don’t deserve this. You’re worth more.
— Dawn Richard / NEON (@DawnRichard) August 8, 2014
Aundrea Fimbres, who probably saw this coming when she left the group earlier this year in hopes of focusing on her growing family, also released a statement of sorts:
As did former DK member D. Woods…
Apparently first aid kits can’t fix everything…
Now all of the fans (i.e. Me) that spent countless hours stomping through their living room floors to “All In A Day’s Work” and dropping it low to the “Lemonade” choreography are left with nothing but a “sour ass look up on they face.” The least the ladies could do is drop off free downloads of “Bye Baby” and “All In A Day’s Work” as parting gifts.
Anyone betting on a DK2 in the future?