Salt & Pepper
Keyshia Cole, who is usually low-key and to herself, gave fans a little insight into her private life. The “Heaven Sent” singer took to Instagram, publicly addressing her sister Neffe and shouting her beau. Apparently, 22-year-old Niko Khale is “the pepper” to Keshia’s “salt.”
After touching on a sensitive topic involving her sister, Keyshia highlighted her love and appreciated for Niko. “Now the reason I’m posting The pepper to my salt @nikokhale is because he’s been such a sweetheart to me,” the singer wrote. “And I kno people have been very judgmental about our relationship but I gotta nurture what nurtures me.!”
While she doesn’t say how long they’ve been involved with each other or how serious their relationship, fans were excited to see her happy.
“Do what makes you happy sis you deserve that!! With no explanation,” commented a fan on Instagram. “Yes to everything Keysh!!!! Grown woman living life, forgiving and loving… soon beautiful,” wrote another.
Niko himself, posted a picture of him and Keyshia, writing, “You like the salt to my peppa, when it get dark jus rememba…we all need darkness to shine.”
Not only is she opening up about her personal life, but the “Love” singer was recently very forthcoming about the last time she spoke to Tupac. During an interview with Steve Harvey, Keyshia also reveled how “Playa Cardz Right,” her collab with Tupac, came to fruition.
According to the star, the track was a project that was a long time coming. The 2008 track — which made it to the top 10 of Billboard‘s US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs — was a definite ode to the late rapper, featuring shots of his album certifications and his mom, Afeni Shakur.
“He told me that we were gonna do a song together the night that he got shot in Vegas. And it was just weird though because, like, the night that he was saying that he wanted me to work with him when we get back to LA… It seemed like he was talking like he knew he wasn’t gonna make it,” she shared on Steve Harvey’s talk show. “Like, literally. So, I was just like, ‘Well why you just said that we were gonna do a song together… Like why are you talking to me like you’re not gonna make it back to LA.”
She went on to say that Tupac offered her “a lot of advice” about her career, telling her that she’ll be “a huge star” and to just “stay focused.”
Chats With Afeni
“After that, me and Afeni, like, we talked,” Keyshia continued. “And, um, I was like, ‘He promised me he would do a song with me,’ you know what I’m sayin’? And she was like, ‘Well, we gon’ make that happen.'”
“Playa Cardz Right” was originally a part of Pac’s sixth posthumously released album Pac’s Life in 2006. When Keyshia redid the song, it was the lead single for A Different Me, her third studio album released in 2008.
This Pac memory comes on the heels of his murderer being somewhat revealed. As Keffe D was being interviewed for BET’s The Death Row Chronicles, he walked viewers through the night of Tupac’s murder. He explained that he and a group were hanging out that September night, hitting up a concert at the 662 Club before leaving the venue to “party and s**t” with alcohol.
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