A conversation about race between Destiny’s Child singer Michelle Williams and her fiancé, Chad Johnson, resulted in the NFL pastor mocking her very public struggle with depression.
During the second episode of their OWN series, Chad Loves Michelle, the “Girl” singer spoke of a moment when she brought up how Chad, a White man, might not understand the way she communicates because he wasn’t raised in the Black community.
“I said something to him on the lines of, ‘Well, Chad, because you are not Black you would not understand why I communicate the way I do. Maybe because you didn’t grow up around a lot of Black people.’ So that was very, very offensive to Chad,” Michelle recalled.
Johnson was so offended that he responded by bringing up Williams’ mental health struggles, which she shared with their counselor on the show.
“And this is not to justify it, but yesterday when we had the disagreement, he said, ‘Did you take your meds today?’” Michelle told the therapist.
Johnson apologized for the low blow, admitting he was out of line for losing his temper. He also claimed Williams’ comment on race bothered him just as much as his mention of her mental health struggles bothered her. Check out the clip below.
During a recent sit-down with EBONY, Johnson shared that learning to care for his soon-to-be wife’s mental health has been a process for him.
“To be honest with you, I had to learn, and I’m not saying that I’ve got it all down yet. It’s been a learning process, and I’ve had to exercise and learn a ton of patience. At the same time, I’m asking a lot of questions and educating myself. Our therapist has really been a huge help for me to understand the medical side of depression. It’s truly a mental health disease.”
Johnson also spoke of how their shared love for Christ has strengthened their relationship.
“We both have the same constitution in life, which is to love God with all of our hearts, love people, serve people and let the platforms we’ve been given be for service and not for selfishness. Faith has kept us, but it also has given us a rallying point.”
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Born and raised in Compton, California, Jessica Bennett began her career as an intern at The Oakland Post, and later, The Source Magazine. She went on to write for respected hip hop publications such as DJ Booth and Hip Hop DX before becoming the Urban Editor of pop culture website, Wetpaint.com. She joined Ebony as the Entertainment Editor August 2017. Bennett has interviewed such names as Vanessa Williams, Spike Lee, Tyra Banks, Forest Whitaker, Magic & Cookie Johnson and several others.