Monica on Her “The Boy Is Mine” Feud With Brandy: “There Was No Boy”

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It’s been almost 20 years since Monica and Brandy’s Grammy-winning duet, “The Boy Is Mine,” hit the airwaves in 1998, and still everyone wants to know just who the boy belongs to. Monica sat down with HuffPost Live on Monday, December 14, and addressed her notorious ’90s feud with Brandy.

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“People are still asking, ‘Who got the boy?’ and there was no boy!” the singer, 35, said. “We played up the dramatics of it all, but we were 16 and 17! There was no boy, no beef.”

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When asked whether it was just good marketing or real drama, the “Angel of Mine” singer came clean about the truth behind the diva duel.

“It started off as brilliant marketing, and people started creating these skits, and then our fans divided, and it became this real thing,” she admitted. “But now as us being adults, it doesn’t exist. Brandy makes amazing music, so why would I tell a fan of mine that you can’t support her? It’s really frustrating. I am a huge supporter of everyone in the business, especially her.”

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Monica — who recorded another duet with Brandy, “It All Belongs to Me,” for her 2012 album, New Life — also revealed that she and the “Have You Ever” singer are close friends today despite their rocky past.

“We know that as different as we are, there’s room for both of us,” she said. “I absolutely wish the best for her, because I know what that journey is like. I know what that life is like.”

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