Dutchess Sets The Record Straight
Dutchess recently hosted an Instagram Live chat where she addressed the further fallout of her breakup with Ceaser. Fans of “Black Ink Crew” and Ceaser feel Dutchess used the show for a “come-up.”
Dutchess took offense to this and said the following during the a portion of the chat:
So let’s be clear about a come up. A come up is not what I got from Black Ink. When I got on ‘Black Ink,’ me and Cease weren’t in a relationship. I was a cast member just like Sky. Like Puma, like, Cease, like Walt, like Ted… All of us were signed as an ensemble cast.
When I signed that contract, we all got the same amount of money… Every last one of em. Y’all say I got a come up but why y’all ain’t saying Walt got a come-up? Why y’all ain’t saying Ted got a come up? Why y’all ain’t saying S*** got a come up?
So what happened was… we all got a check. I took my checks… I put em up. I put em up because I wanted to have my own mothaf***in business. I graduated from the school of Business and Economics [at NC A&T], okay. I always knew I wanted to have my own business before I came to ‘Black Ink,’ before I did anything in New York, before I even visited the city of New York. When I got those checks and put em to the side, I knew I had a vision… a dream. I knew I had something that needed to mothaf***in have that s*** to it.
So I grinned. I tattooed everyday. How’d I pay my bills? I tattooed. But how I took care of my dream was dem checks. And I am very grateful of being on VH1’s ‘Black Ink Crew.’ Very f***in grateful for it. But I’m not no opportunist. I did not use it for a come up. We all got the same mothaf***in check. So does that mean if Walt decides to open up a photography studio, it’s because of Cease?
Cuz, if that’s not the case, you can’t say that about me, okay? I took my money and put it where I wanted to put it. I ain’t buy f***in Chanel. I ain’t buy red bottoms. What was on my mind was Pretty in Ink.
This platform is a come up for everybody. It’s up to everybody to use that platform for a come up. Everybody is doing it.
Check out the full Instagram Live clip below.