Keri Hilson exploded on the music scene in the late 2000s with songs like “Energy” and the Chris Brown-assisted “Superhuman.” She earned even greater fame with “Turnin’ Me On” and “Knock You Down” and went on to nab a couple of Grammy nominations for her work and talent. But unfortunately, her career seemed to go on a downward spiral after a rumored diss about Beyoncé.

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Hilson hasn’t released an album in over a decade and generally keeps a low profile. But she recently emerged to do an interview where she opened up about some of her past problems and the drama regarding the Lemonade singer.

(L-R) Keri Hilson and Beyoncé | Greg Doherty/Getty Images North America; Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images Europe

Keri Hilson was accused of dissing Beyoncé early in her career

After releasing “Turnin Me On” from her debut studio album, In a Perfect World (2009), Hilson released a remix to the track where she sang lines that listeners believed were about Beyoncé.

“Your vision cloudy if you think that you da best, You can dance, she can sing, but need to move it to the left…” she sang. “She need to go have some babies, she need to sit down, she fake, them other chicks ain’t even worth talkin’ bout.”

Though she did not say names, fans believed the lyrics were aimed at Beyoncé due to the qualities Hilson named and the line about moving it to the left, which seemed to reference Beyoncé’s 2006 song “Irreplaceable.”

Hilson did not address the speculation, but she kicked the rumor mill into overdrive at the 2011 Soul Train Awards when she refused to hold the newest issue of Juicy Magazine after noticing Beyoncé and Jay-Z were on the cover. The Beyhive once again pounced on the moment and continued to criticize Hilson under the impression that she had shaded Beyoncé a second time.

Keri Hilson tried to move on, but fans wouldn’t let up

The backlash became so intense over the years that Hilson begged on Twitter for fans to leave her alone in 2013.

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“It’s TOO much!! Please! Is everything I tweet gonna be ‘intentionally misinterpreted’ as a statement about someone/drama I know nothing about?” she wrote (via Life & Style Magazine).

“You have no idea what your hateful words could do to someone’s spirit. Years of verbal abuse from strangers all day long. Enough is enough! I’m here for MY FANS! I’m stronger than you imagine, but waking up/going to bed to your ugliness is just TOO MUCH, kids,” she continued. “I get it, OK? You can stop now. As far as WHATEVER your really mad about, I had my reasons. It’s been years! Just chalk it up to your ignorance of my reality and LET…IT…GO. As for my mistakes, God has dealt with me.” 

Hilson tried to move on with her life and music career, but fans continued to drag her and let her know she was no longer welcome in the music world. The backlash eventually led to a depression that caused Hilson to step away from the spotlight. She hasn’t released an album since her second studio effort, 2010’s No Boys Allowed, though she has promised new music soon.