Original En Vogue Singer Blames Ex Group Members & Producer For Their Breakup And Tension
Maxine Jones, one of the original members of En Vogue, did an interview a few years ago, and she went ALL the way off on her former group members/ex best friends, Terry Ellis and Cindy Herron. However, she didn’t have a problem with the fourth member, Dawn Robinson. Maxine told it all- from back-stabbing stories, to who was reportedly sleeping with the producer. She even referred to some of he ex-groupmates as “skanks”…geesh!
“It’s hurtful. I’m never going back. I’m never going back with those evil skanks — it ain’t going to happen.” -Maxine Jones
Here are some excerpts from the interview Maxine did with Rumor Fix:
MAXINE ON WHICH GROUP MEMBER CAUSED TENSION BY ALLEGEDLY SLEEPING WITH PRODUCER
Via Rumor Fix: “There’s been a long standing divide between us,” she reveals. She claims En Vogue member Terry Ellis had cloudy judgement because she had a romantic relationship with Denzil Foster, who is one of the producers who put the girl group together in the early ’90s. She claims Denzil was famous for saying, “Before I see this successful without me I’d rather tear it apart.” And, Maxine says that’s what he did.
MAXINE ON HOW THE GROUP DISAGREED OVER THEIR PRODUCER
Via RF: In 1994 after the success of Funky Divas, Maxine says a new record label wanted to sign them to a lucrative $15 million deal, but the girls couldn’t come to an agreement.
Maxine felt this would be a way to get out of what she considered a bad deal with Denzil and his co-producer Thomas McElroy. “We had the upper hand and had proven ourselves so it was time to fix our agreement,” she adds, “We sold 30 million records and the group never financially capitalized on the success.”
Terry Ellis and Cindy Herron sided with the founding producers and Maxine and Dawn Robinson wanted the new deal. For two years the girls fought, [then they eventually] ran out of money and signed the deal with the old record label and the old producers and released EV3. [Each of them took] home around $280,000 before taxes. “We had been off for two or three years. We all needed that deal,” Maxine admits. Dawn was still unhappy and wanted out — so she walked away from the name and even ownership of the group.
THEN THE YOU-KNOW-WHAT HIT THE FAN…
Via RF: “So here he is again presenting this group with a record deal with him as a producer and this record company – he’s the go between guy,” she says of Denzil. “He can’t work out his deal with the label. Even Sylvia [Rhone] had a problem with him.”
[During that time] Maxine [said] “I’m not out. I don’t care if we don’t work with these boys. I’m tired of them and I’m tired of risking everything for them. Our biggest selling song was a production without them — we can sing without you!”