It appears that TLC member Chilli has finally found a man who is “no scrub.”
The singer, whose real name is Rozonda Thomas, confirmed on Tuesday that she is dating Boy Meets World actor Matthew Lawrence following his divorce from Dancing With the Stars pro Cheryl Burke earlier this year. Christal Jordan, a representative for Chilli confirmed the news to TMZ, revealing that the two stars’ longtime friendship turned romantic around Thanksgiving. The pair spent both Thanksgiving and Christmas together in Atlanta where Lawrence also met Chilli’s family. In another statement to People, Jordan added, “I’ve been with Chilli since 2005 and I’ve never seen her this in love. She is glowing. They are really cute together.”
Chilli and Lawrence also went Instagram official with their relationship over the weekend, posting a video on both of their social media accounts of them dancing together in matching holiday onesies to a-ha’s “Take on Me.” Chilli wrote in the caption, “#newyearsshenanigans #onesiegang #wecute.” The new couple first sparked rumors they were an item back in August when they were photographed together deep in conversation on a beach in Hawaii. But the musician’s representative said at the time that there was nothing romantic going on between them, explaining that TLC had a performance on the island so she and Lawrence had decided to meet up with a few other friends for a beach day.
Burke initially filed for divorce from Lawrence after three years of marriage in February 2022, citing “irreconcilable differences.” The former couple finalized their split in September and the document also stated that their prenuptial agreement is in “full force and effect and is fully binding upon the parties.” Chilli was previously in a longterm high-profile relationship with Usher whom she went through a very public breakup with in 2003 that served as inspiration for a number of the songs on the “Yeah!” singer’s Confessions album. The pop star also has a 25-year-old son named Tron from her previous relationship with music producer Dallas Austin.
Both Chilli and Lawrence’s careers got their big start in the ’90s and both have also experienced professional resurgences this past year. At the first-ever ’90s Con in March 2022, Chilli and her bandmate T-Boz revealed that they are “going to Broadway” with their group, which also originally included Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes who died in a car crash in 2002. And Lawrence, who starred in the hit NBC sitcom Brotherly Love with his real-life brothers Joey and Andrew Lawrence, confirmed to People in November that they are all “in talks with Fox” about doing “a brand-new show together for the first time in 15 years.”