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Michel’le Spilled All the Tea in 'Surviving Compton' Biopic

Paula Rogo
Michel’le Spilled All the Tea in 'Surviving Compton' Biopic

Lifetime aired Michel’le's biopic, Surviving Compton: Dre, Suge & Michel’le, the story of the R&B singer’s rise to fame on Saturday.

The film follows Michel’le, played by Rhyon Nicole Brown, as she navigates a hit-career, drugs, and the two men who would play significant roles in her life: Dr. Dre and Suge Knight. She dated Dr. Dre in the early 1990s (they had a son in 1991) and later married Death Row’s Suge Knight (they had a daughter in 2002).

“This is no joke,” said Michel'le, after watching the film. “I would never want anyone to live this life. I’m watching myself, when I watched them portray me and Dr. Dre and it touched me in a different way … it was a very eye-opening experience. I didn’t see it that way [at the time]. I thought it was just normal for me.”

Both men physically abused Michel’le, a claim that Dr. Dre has always denied. But it was when Michel’le’s character was completely missing from last year’s NWA biopic Straight Outta Compton -- despite her prominent role in their inner circle--that she knew she had to tell her story. “The blessing was that he didn’t put it in there,” the singer told ESSENCE. “It gave me the opportunity to tell the story. If he would’ve put five minutes of me in there, I would’ve never gotten to tell my story.