Kehlani Parrish is a tattooed, Grammy-nominated singer. Her mixtape, You Should Be Here, was critically-acclaimed and nominated for Best Urban Contemporary Album at the 2016 Grammy Awards. However, Kehlani may now be known as a “SoundCloud artist” that was accused of cheating on Kyrie Irving, Cleveland Cavaliers point guard, with PartyNextDoor, singer. She was then prosecuted by the internet, trending on Twitter, and eventually hospitalized after a failed suicide attempt.
Since January 2016, Kehlani and Irving have been together based on photos shared on social media. At the end of March, PartyNextDoor posts a picture of Kehlani and him in bed together with her confirmable “WOKE” tattoo on her hand. The caption read: “After all her shenanigans, still got the r&b singer back in my bed” Why? It’s anyone’s guess.
That one picture led to the allegation that Kehlani was cheating on Irving with PartyNextDoor. The internet picked sides and attacked the supposed infidelity. Chris Brown was noteworthy critic who bashed the Kehlani for both the cheating and “faking” her suicide attempt. Other celebrities, such as Nick Cannon, JoJo, and Questlove, offered support.
Kyrie Irving went on to say, in a series of tweets, that:
“It’s been hard to see what’s been going on and not address the truth. I do not justify the picture or what dude did to try and spark all of this non sense that could have been avoided, but me and Kehlani were not dating when the picture came out. It’s unfortunate that it’s received so much attention but its become bigger because of a post that was misunderstood. Nothing but love and compassion over this way for her and her family. My only focus the Game I love to play every night.”
After a lengthy denial and attributing PartyNextDoor with saving her life, Kehlani deleted Instagram and Twitter. It was reasonable as she was transformed into a meme. She has since returned to Instagram, @kehlani.
Essentially, Kehlani was a promising singer whose career and reputation has been tainted after being prosecuted by the internet for allegations and misunderstandings.