[I Met A Celebrity] Fans Dish Inspiring Stories On Meeting Brandy, Robin Roberts & Taraji P. Henson

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It’s that time of year again! Last year, we received hundreds of submissions from readers who detailed their experiences of meeting a celebrity. Thank you guys for your wonderful stories. In our first “I Met A Celebrity” feature of the year, three fans gave their inspiring experiences of meeting singer Brandy, Robin Roberts and Taraji P. Henson.

Check them out below:

Hey Necole! I felt like this story should be sent to you for other fans of the blog to read. My mom passed away on Sept 10th and we had her funeral on Sept 17th. It was hard for me to leave Tennessee to come back to Atlanta but I had to work the BET Hip Hop Awards. Afterwards, I attended TI’s annual Birthday party and Brandy was in attendance.

I have had the opportunity to meet & talk to her a few times now so she always shows love …when she sees me. This particular night really touched me. Brandy saw me and smiled and I greeted her and give her a hug as usual. She asks “How have you been?” I say “umm I’m ok…” She could sense I wasn’t fully ok and asked “What’s wrong?” I said, “I had to bury my mom on the 17th.” Brandy instantly stops and looks in my eyes with tears in her eyes and says “OMG I’m so sorry to hear that baby.” I said to her “Honesty, seeing you makes me smile because my mom always knew how much of a fan I was of yours and she would always record shows you were on, pick up any magazine you were in, and bought your music to surprise me because she knew it would make me happy.

Brandy literally grabbed me and gave me a big hug and said,  “You hang in there, your mom is still right here in your heart and isn’t going anywhere. You hear me?” I couldn’t believe that this women who I have been a fan of this long is taking the time to hug and embrace me and give me this support. It brought tears to my eyes. It made coming back to Atlanta and trying to get back to work that much more worth it. So towards the end of the party, as she is walking out with Jennifer Hudson and Tyrese, she came back up to me, hugged me again and whispered in my ear while touching on my heart “Remember what I said, you hang in there. Your mom is here.”

I will forever remember that moment and will forever be a fan. Thank you Brandy. -Ryan

LaTecha and Robin Roberts

Hi Necole

The day I met Robin Roberts was one of the more inspirational days in my life. My family and I flew from North Carolina and Georgia all the way to New York to be apart of the Good Morning America audience. It had been approximately 6 weeks after I was diagnosed with stage 2 breast cancer. I knew Robin Roberts was a survivor and wanted to see what being a true fighter and cancer survivor was all about.

After the show, we had the opportunity to meet everyone. When Robin Roberts came up to me, I was so nervous I shook her hand and told her I was just diagnosed with breast cancer. She smiled and said, ‘This too shall pass,’ then she repeated it again. Little did she know those words would get me through my cancer treatments.

Around the time Robin was diagnosed with MDS, I learned my breast cancer came back. I totally felt we were cancer battle buddies fighting the same cancer war again and our ammo was our strength, courage, and determination. If ever given the opportunity to meet Robin again I would love to say her drive keeps me going and every time I have a bad day the words “this too shall pass” sticks in my mind and I smile.

Through my cancer diagnosed I have learned two valuable lessons; live life to the fullest and life is 10% of what happens to you and 90% of how you react. Be blessed! -LaTeacha

Taraji P Henson and fan encounter

Hey Necole,

I am an aspiring young actress. This past summer I went to Los Angeles for the first time. I had an amazing time and met some amazing people at the B.E.T. Awards! Afterward, I went to Rivera restaurant, and while waiting for my parents to come, one of my role models, Taraji P. Henson, walked right past me.I thought my eyes were playing tricks on me. So I didn’t pass up the opportunity. I walked up to her, said her name, and she turned around. So I told her I wanted to be an actress and how much I LOVED her and she told me I can do it seriously and she loved me more. She also told me to about three different times in our brief 5 minute conversation to “Put it in the universe,” which means the energy you put out in the universe, that’s exactly what you will receive. If you continue to say ‘I am, I will, therefore it is,’ the universe will act accordingly, but if you are confused and you don’t know what it is you want, that’s confusing to the universe and it will act accordingly. Saying ‘I am’ and ‘I will’ is definite and you know you got it!

The encounter with Taraji P.Henson was incredible. I don’t want to say, ‘once in a lifetime,’ because like I told her, I know we will meet again. Because DREAMS DO COME TRUE!! -DaJanae Arnaud

To submit to “I Met A Celebrity” send an email to fans @ necolebitchie.com (NO SPACES) with the subject line: “I Met “. Thanks for reading!


Necole Kane is the Editor-In-Chief and brainchild behind xoNecole.com. After walking away from her celebrity gossip blog, NecoleBitchie.com, Necole spends her time creating new ways to empower women and encourage them to live in purpose. Follow her on twitter @iamnecole | Instagram: @justnecole

34 responses to “[I Met A Celebrity] Fans Dish Inspiring Stories On Meeting Brandy, Robin Roberts & Taraji P. Henson”

  1. Tracie says:

    Beautiful stories!

  2. Teammember says:

    Robin looking at that woman with lust in her eyes. Ole pum pum licker Robin! Chuuu

  3. isitjustme says:

    I of course don’t know any of those three celebrities personally but all of them seem so humble. I cried when I watched brandy watching other celebs congratulate her for 20 years in the industry. I cried when Robin Roberts lost her mom the day before she was supposed to start her treatments after her second bout of cancer. It amazed me how she was still going and still kept her faith with a smile on her face. Meanwhile some of us are walking around mad at the World for stuff we have control over but just don’t do anything about.
    I think we have all cried with Taraji’s character on baby boy whether it was crying while laughing at her or crying because we’ve been in that type of situation.

  4. Nichole says:

    Thank you for taking the time to post these Necole. It is very sweet to see the real side of an ugly industry. Cheers to all of these selfless people for offering support to people in need of a kind word.


    Brandy is SUCH a sweet spirit…. I’m just waiting on the day when I can meet her. Of course i’m going to request that she does a few runs for me, lol. B/c that gals voice is annointed!!!!!


    Bran Bran gives me life!! She is actually genuine, and one of the most organic celebs out there! FAN 4 LIFEEEEE

  7. Brandyyyyyyy says:

    #OBESSED w/ Brandy…………………………..!! *aaaaand scene*

  8. Thanks for posting my story Necole!

  9. Brandy is so awesome!!!

  10. Istillbelieveit says:

    The letter about Brandy literally brought tears to my eyes. It really touched home with me. That is exactly why I love Brandy, her kind spirit. I want her to “win” so badly. Brandy I need a new album pleeease!! Full Moon is still my joint :-)

  11. Mrsdc says:

    Thank you so much Necole for featuring my story about Robin Roberts. You have no idea what it means to me. The day I met Robin Roberts it didn’t matter to me what was going on with her personal life but what did matter was she inspired me to get through my mastectomy. I stand here as a stage IV cancer survivor and all I hear are her words “this to shall pass”. Once again Necole thank you thank you thank you!!!!!!

  12. Thank you for posting my story as well Necole. I´m literally in tears.

  13. Ryan (@KodeRED1911) says:

    Much love to you Necole for posting my story about Brandy! Glad to see that all of your readers can now understand how special her words of encouragement were to me.. Thanks again

  14. Shaniqua says:

    Brandy truly wears her heart on her sleeve. So sweet.

    I was looking at the Tyler Perry film Taraji stars in and Benjamin Button and this girl is phenomenal in her craft. Wonderful actress!

    These encounters are so beautiful. Such a breath of fresh air. Love it!

  15. MahoganyMars says:

    This post is so heartwarming!! I had tears reading all the stories, especially Brandy’s..she’s such a sweetheart!! Robin is the true definition of a fighter, and Taraji is so talented and wise. Gosh, I just love the positivity and inspiration of all three stories!!

    SN: These are the types of posts that deserve at least 75-100 comments. We’ll be lucky to see 50 comments on this today..but y’all complain about the lack of variety in Necole’s posts?! Pssshhh…

  16. Whatta Heck says:

    Less comments on a post only mean nobody’s fighting, so I’m all for less comments. I dread reading posts with 100+ comments because I know the atmosphere is ratchet in there.

    Brandy, they always say they want you to win. You are!!! You’re winning hearts mommy. Love this lady! A New Album in 2014? Yes? No?

  17. Whatta Heck says:

    Less comments on a post only mean nobody’s fighting, so I’m all for less comments. I dread reading posts with 100+ comments because I know the atmosphere is ratchet in there.

    Brandy, they always say they want you to win. You are!!! You’re winning hearts mommy. Love this lady! A New Album in 2014? Yes? No?

  18. nostones says:

    Wow, amazing stories. Taraji’s reminds me to get working on my vision board. Robin’s was about faith and Brandy’s story made me tear up. Great women who have all faced heavy losses and drama but it didn’t make them cold and they can bless the next person.

  19. Geena says:

    Good for those people to meet their idols. Some people meet celebrities over and over while other never will.

  20. It funny how this post have less likes and comments but if it was something negative it would have way more comments and likes smh anyways these stories are amazing I love humble celebrities

  21. Bikia says:

    I love BRANDY and I will forever support her!!

  22. danisha says:

    Brandy is such a class act, seriously one of the most beautiful and humble souls in the industry

    as much as she accomplished i can tell she doesn’t boast about it, its more important to her to please other people and do it from the HEART

    Brandy girl you are winning, forget numbers, popularity…. you already did it!!!

    Continue doing from the heart god will continue blessing you and we will continue loving you for the person you are.


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