Famously known by the name of ‘Chilli’, Rozonda Thomas is an actress, singer and also a member of the famous girl group ‘TCL’.
Rozonda Thomas was born on 27th February, 1971 in Atlanta, Georgia. Her parents Ava Thomas and Abdul Ali met when Abdul used to be a soldier in Columbus, Georgia. The couple divorced and parted ways even before Rozonda was born and Rozonda was raised by a singer mother in Atlanta ever since. It wasn’t until she was twenty-five that she met her biological father.
Rozonda has a combination of her mother’s African-American and her father’s East Indian and Middle Eastern background. Rozonda graduated from Benjamin E. Mays High School in the year 1989. While Rozonda was still a part of TLC, she got into a relationship with the group’s producer Dallas Austin. The couple even had a son name whom they named Tron. After that Rozonda dated famous singer Usher in 2001. Her relationship status as of now is unknown.
Soon after graduating from high school, Rozonda was selected by LaFace Records to perform as a back-pu dancer for ‘Damian Dame’, a famous R&B duo. It was then that Rozonda got her stage name of ‘Chilli’. Rozonda performed in TLC alongside Lisa Lopes and Tionne Watkins. The group was remarkably successful during the 1990s and at times sold over 50 million albums globally.
When Lisa Lopes died in the year 2002, the remaining two girls did their part and released the final album of TCL which was called ‘3D’. It is said that TLC’s persona and style of performing influenced many successful girl groups such as ‘Spice Girls’ and ‘Destiny’s Child’. Rozonda’s hard work and passion towards music, dancing and acting is the reason why she enjoys a net worth of $10 million today.