Tyla Speaks Out After Dodging 'Colourism' Question During Interview

By Tony M. Centeno

June 14, 2024

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Tyla has never tried to deny her Blackness despite her interesting reaction to Charlamagne Tha God's probe into the ongoing "colourism" debate.

On Thursday, June 13, the "Water" singer made her debut on The Breakfast Club. During her conversation with the crew, Charlamagne pressed Tyla about the discussions about her "being a South African coloured person." She looked back at her team, who clearly didn't want her to answer the question. Hours after the interview dropped, the Grammy award-winning singer issued a statement in response to numerous trolls who believed she intentionally tried to avoid the subject.

"Yoh guys," she began. "Never denied my Blackness, idk where that came from."

“I’m mixed with black/Zulu, irish, Mauritian/Indian and Coloured," she continued. "in Southa I would be classified as a Coloured woman and other places I would be classified as a black woman. Race is classified differently in different parts of the world.”

“I don’t expect to be identified as Coloured outside of Southa by anyone not comfortable doing so because i under stand the weight of that word outside of SA, but to close this conversation, I’m both Coloured in South Africa and a black woman," she added. "As a woman for the culture. It’s and not or…with that said ASAMBEEE.”

After she shared her statement, The Breakfast Club offered their reaction. Jess Hilarious wished Tyla would've responded with her thoughts on the matter instead of posting them later online. The topic was one of several conversations her team didn't want her to engage in. However, DJ Envy mentioned she previously spoke about the debate in past interviews.

"So, of course, when she came up here, we had to ask her about it," he said.

Watch Tyla's interview with The Breakfast Club below.

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