On Sunday afternoon, Ciara published an Instagram note that appears to address the reactions to her offending tweet. In the brief statement, Ciara recalled being at her "lowest moment" when she was a single mother before having a religious moment. "Thats when I realized married or not married... I needed to love myself." She also ends the post with the hashtag, #LevelUp. See the note below.
By all accounts, Ciara is enjoying a happy marriage to Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson. The pair snap pictures, take viral videos, and do the whole blended family thing. Saturday, in what was presumably an attempt to share the secret of her marital bliss, Ciara tweeted a sermon from John W. Gray III. The word was not received well.
Ciara quickly began trending on Twitter, as those both in support and vehemently opposed to her message flooded her mentions. Some took issue with Gray seemingly shaming women not in heteronormative, cisgendered marriages. Others pointed out that Gray’s example mirrored the trajectory of Ciara’s called off engagement to Future amid infidelity rumors. Meanwhile, Ciara supporters inferred she was merely holding herself to a higher standard. And many just showed up to see exactly how messy things would get in Ciara’s mentions.