ABC/Image Group LACiara is defending herself on social media, following a controversial Instagram video post that featured Pastor John Gray‘s thoughts on women who want to be married but who are “walking in the spirit of ‘girlfriend,'” as he puts it.
Ciara wrote, “I was once that girl wanting to be loved a certain way but was making the wrong choices. I found myself at my lowest moment. I was a single mom sitting at home, and I then realized that the perfect love I was looking for was how God loves me, how He wants me to be loved, and who He was calling me to be as a mom and a woman.”
Ciara continues, “That’s when I realized married or not married… I need to love myself. #LevelUp.”
Her words are her explanation of why she reposted Gray’s message, which many fans interpreted as an attack on single women.
For example, one Twitter user wrote, “Ciara telling women to ‘Level up’ and live ‘like a wife’ so they can b married is astounding to me. Didn’t you need grace, mercy & compassion when you were being dragged up and down the Internet for the Future situation?”
As for Future, Ciara’s former fiance, the rapper tweeted on Sunday, “Make sense on social media. Great job,” which a slew of followers believe is his reply to Ciara’s “Level Up” views.
Ciara and Future share a child together, three-year-old son Future Zahir Wilburn.
Ciara is now married to Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson. They welcomed their first child last year, daughter Sienna Princess Wilson.
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