Backstory: In the April 1998 issue of Vibe, Brandy let the world know she and Countess Vaughn were hardly BFFs like their hit Moesha characters. In fact, they were low-key enemies, with Brandy telling the mag, “I just feel like she wants to be in the position I’m in. People tell her, ‘You’re the reason why the show’s successful.’ And she’s told me that before. And she’s called me a b-tch–to my face. She said, ‘I’m the reason why the show is successful, b-tch.’ In front of a lot of people. And I looked at her like, Wow. I couldn’t say nothing about her because I wasn’t about to. She knows. She wakes up and looks at herself in the mirror and gets disgusted. I don’t.”
As the saying goes, with age comes wisdom (Brandy and Countess were 19 and 18 at the time of that issue), and finally social media has added some good to this world, providing a mechanism for the former co-stars to make amends. Countess is actually the one who extended the olive branch to Brandy, taking to Instagram to apologize for anything negative she’s ever done.
@4everbrandy I’m proud of you. For placing one foot in front of the other. For waking up every morning and simply giving it your best shot. for placing a premium on personal growth too. We been threw are ups and downs , high and lows … But at the end of the day I had to learn in find myself why not be friends when we’re both talented, Why call you names when your just an amazing person… I’m proud of you for being you and working to rise to the best you inside of you.You are an amazing being with amazing God-given capacity. I believe in who you are and who you are working to be. We are all works-in-progress. One of life’s purposes is to improve on the wiring under the hood of our lives. I believe in your ability to stand and courageously be the person you were meant to be. Im not perfect , no where near it..I care about your life and your happiness. I wouldn’t do what I did if I didn’t. I care about you as a person. We are spiritual siblings, you and I. I know this to be true. And it means a lot to me… I apologize for anything Negative I’ve ever done are said to you ….sorry this had to be on social media , I just want the world to see that I’ve grown out of my comfort zone ….. Hopefully one day I can tell you in person or on the phone to let you know I mean everything I’ve wrote …..I didn’t do this for applause, because we all know that some people don’t believe celebrities to be “human”, but this came from a very human place. No matter how or if she respond know that the Universe will continue to bring me growth and happiness because that is what im putting out there…???Congratulations on every thing you’ve accomplished… Love you beautiful ….happy holidays from Countess ????
Countess’ apologetic gesture didn’t go unnoticed by Brandy who replied to the post, saying she’d love to begin a new friendship with her old cast mate.
That’s the type of back and forth we like to see between grown and women on social media. As the year winds down, we should not only think about things and people we don’t want to take into 2016 with us, but also anyone we’ve lost touch with or fell out with over petty misunderstandings. Don’t let 17 years go by with unnecessary resentment and hard feelings toward a former friend for no reason. #GrownWomanGoals