What Does TLC Look Like Now?
Check in with Chilli and T-Boz and see what they're up to these days.
If you grew up in the 1990’s, then the odds are you can still can still recite all the words to “Waterfalls,” but have you ever wondered, what does TLC look like now? As you quite possibly already know, the life of band member Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes was cut tragically short back in 2002. Here however, you’ll get a chance to check in with her fellow band members and see what the other two members of TLC look like now, as well as what they’ve been up to in the past few years.
During their time together, the super group produced albums that have sold over 65 million copies worldwide and remain one of the best-selling American girl groups of all time. Both Chilli and T-Boz continue to carry on the messages of hope and self-love that TLC promoted during their time as a band, and spread a sense of faith and positivity.
So come on in and get a look at what these two strong women of TLC look like now (hint: amazing!) and check in to see what they’ve been up to in their public and personal lives.
Rozonda “Chilli” Thomas
Rozonda “Chilli” Thomas first joined TLC back in 1991, replacing Crystal Jones, the original third founding member. When the group wanted to keep the name TLC, which was composed of the members’ three initials, Lisa Lopes nicknamed her “Chilli” so that the concept would still work.
After the tragic death of Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes in April of 2002, the group disbanded but Chili and Tionne “T-Boz” Watkins have occasionally reunited to sing together since, including their performance as a duo in a series of 2009 concerts in Asia. In 2003, the pair also joined Agouron Pharmaceuticals to launch a national HIV/AIDs education program, continuing TLC’s legacy of promoting safe sex and raising awareness about the disease and treatment options for those who have been affected.
In 2009, Chilli started in a VH1 reality series called “What Chilli Wants,” which followed her quest to find love alongside relationship expert Tiona Tee Smalls. A few year later, in 2012, Chilli founded an Atlanta non-profit called Chilli’s Crew, which is dedicated to empowering and mentoring young girls, while helping them develop a positive self-image.
She’s also made appearances on shows such as Food Network’s Rachael vs. Guy: Celebrity Cook-Off and on an episode of WWE Countdown. In 2016, she released a new single called “Body” in order to help promote her new fitness campaign.
Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes
Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes moved to Atlanta at just 19 after hearing about a casting call for a new girl group and would go on to become a founding member of a group originally titled 2nd Nature, which was ultimately renamed TLC. She originally adopted the nickname “Left Eye” due to a random compliment from a guy who said he found her attracted due to her left eye. Throughout the years, she owned the name by wearing a black stripe under her left eye, got her left eyebrow pierced, and occasionally even covered her left glasses lenses with a condom as a way to promote safe sex.
One of the most flamboyant and outspoken member of the group, Lisa’s life was cut tragically short on April 25, 2002 when she was killed in a car accident in Honduras where she owned a condominium and was out driving with friends.
Tionne 'T-Boz' Watkins
Tionne “T-Boz” Watkins was also one of the original three founding members of TLC and even released a semi-autobiographical poetry book called “Thoughts” in 1998 during her time with the band. In 1996 she went public about her struggle with sickle cell anemia and later went on to become a spokeswoman for Sickle Cell Disease Association of America.
In 2009, she also revealed that she had secretly been battling a potentially fatal brain tumor for three years, on which many doctors refused to operate due to potential complications relating to her diagnosis with sickle cell. Eventually however, she was fortunately able to undergo surgery at Cedars-Sinai in Los Angeles.
Her life after the loss her of friend and fellow band member Lisa Lopes has consisted of everything from acting roles to starring on her own reality show called “Totally T-Toz”. In 2013, she and Chilli executive produced VH1’s 2013 biopic, “CrazySexyCool: The TLC Story,” in conjunction with which they released a soundtrack album named “20” in celebration of the band’s 20 plus year legacy. Her acting credits include a guest appearance on an episode of “Adult Swim” and a recurring role as a prison inmate named Sheila on “Days of Our Lives.”
In 2016, she announced at a Florida Gala than she had adopted a 10-month-old baby boy named Chance, whose adorable picture she recently released on her Instagram page.
Stay tuned for news on TLC's release of their fifth and final album later in June 2017!
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