AceShowbiz - India Arie made use of the "10 Year Challenge" to get some things off her chest. When participating in the challenge, the R&B star took a chance to blast the "racist, sexist and deceitful" music industry.
The 46-year-old voiced her frustration via Instagram Story. Before that, she shared a photo of herself from the 45th Grammys when she went bald. The "Steady Love" singer then followed it up with an image of her with braided hair from the 61st annual event.
"Seeing old pictures reminds me of how TRASH the music industry is. SHEER and utter Trash," Aerie first argued. "The music industry is racist.sexist.deceitful. It steals from artists. Trash."
"I'll never heal from all of it because some of it shaped my life in ways I can't get back. BUT! I LOOOOOVE who I am. So, I imagine the journey was meant to be," the four-time Grammy winner added. "But those old pictures. The industry made me feel like I WASN'T beautiful. I can tell you some STORIES HONEY!"
"But in truth - I was just WAY ahead of my time," she added. "I used to really try to do everything right. Now? I do what's honest. I'm grateful to have been heard! but also I paid a HIGH cost. And for ANYONE who I paved the way for - YOU are why it was all worth it."
Despite the unpleasant experience, Arie is now grateful that she has "GROWN FREE! And MORE beautiful. And exponentially SOULFUL! So. the journey was worth it. And MY MOST POWERFUL DAYS ARE STILL TO COME!" She then concluded, "And to everyone who in the industry who hurt, used, sued, played, stole from, betrayed me. THANK YOU. And Also [F**k You]."
Arie has dropped six studio albums so far. They include 2002's platinum-selling "Voyage to India" and the No. 1 Billboard 200 record "Testimony, Vol. 1: Life & Relationship". Her latest album is "Worthy", which was released in 2019.