I Can’t Believe We are Publishing this Garbage

Tea Smith, Staff Reporter

R&B singer Kehlani has been receiving harsh criticism on social media after rumors of her cheating on Kyrie Irving with her ex-boyfriend, rapper Partynextdoor, surfaced.

In February, Kehlani had shared a photo via Instagram revealing that she was dating the basketball player. On Monday, Partynextdoor shared a photo, that has since been removed, of he and Kehlani holding hands in bed via Instagram. The photo was accompanied with caption that read, “After all her shenanigans, still got the r&b singer in my bed.”

Social media, namely Twitter, went hysterical and started to attack the singer, even though there was nothing to confirm that she was still in a relationship with Irving. It’s also unclear when the photo of Partynextdoor and Kehlani was actually taken. According to ESPN, Irving took to Twitter to address the situation in a string of tweets that have also since been deleted. In the tweets, Irving confirmed that he and Kehlani were not involved at the time the photo was released.

Later in the same day the photo was posted, Kehlani shared a photo of her lying in a hospital bed with an IV in her arm. Under the photo she wrote, “Today I wanted to leave this earth. Being completely selfish for once. Never thought I’d get to such a low point. But… Don’t believe the blogs you read.. No one was cheated on and I’m not a bad person.” This was apparently making a suicide attempt public, while shortly after deleting all of her posted content, bidding the social media platform goodbye.

Many people had something to say about it, including Chris Brown… for some unknown reason. Brown ranted in a string of tweets about his thoughts on the singer attempting to take her own life. Yes, the same Chris Brown who has been linked to multiple cases of assault and plead guilty in 2009 for assaulting his ex-girlfriend Rihanna.

Instead of using his platform to help further the conversation about self harm, internet bullying, slut shaming, and mental health, self-appointed Judge Brown made the situation a joke and proceeded to bash the Grammy-nominated R&B singer.

Among those tweets was this: “There is no attempting suicide. Stop flexing for the gram. Doing s— for sympathy so them comments under your pics don’t look so bad.”

He, and many others, bashed the singer via Twitter while ignoring the man who started the whole thing, making Kehlani the center of intense ridicule. But this isn’t the first time the internet has jumped to conclusions after hearing only a piece of the story. Nick Young was under fire after a teammate posted a video of him talking about other women while being engaged to rapper Iggy Azalea.

Many people also showed Kehlani support using the hashtag #StayStrongKehlani. Many famous faces, including Nick Canon and Wale, also took to social media to publicly support Kehlani.

The internet can be good thing but the toxic way in while they handle serious mental health issues and suicidal people needs to be serious evaluated and addressed.