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Ashanti weighs in on Ja Rule’s Fyre Festival fiasco: “What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger”


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Ja Rule may still be facing backlash for his involvement in the disastrous Fyre Festival, but now Ashanti has come to the defense of her longtime friend and frequent collaborator. 

In a recent interview with People, the R&B songstress addressed the controversy surrounding the festival, which has been renewed following the release of two new documentaries, one on Netflix and the other on Hulu.

“What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger,” Ashanti told People. “I think that it’s so important when you fall down to get right back up. You have to try.”

“People make mistakes, you know what I mean?” she adds. “And you have to be man enough to admit when you make a mistake and keep pushing.”

The “Happy” singer also dished on her forthcoming joint tour with Rule, set to kick off on Valentine’s Day. The trek will find the former Murder Inc. label mates playing a handful of shows in California, Washington and New York. 

The documentaries — Netflix’s Fyre and Hulu’s Fyre Fraud — chronicled how the so-called “luxury experience” fell apart at the seams. Ja Rule and Fyre Festival co-founder Billy McFarland are heavily featured in both films.

Following the movies’ release, the “I’m Real” rapper became the target of extreme criticism, but he’s defended himself by claiming that, just like the festival’s attendees, he too was “hustled, scammed bamboozled, hood winked [and] led astray.”

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