R&B singer Ciara has responded to criticism after being accused of shaming single women on Twitter.
The Body Party singer sparked outrage when she retweeted a video of Pastor John Gray delivering a sermon on how he believes single women should find a husband.
In the video which Ciara, 32, controversially captioned “#LevelUp. Don’t settle”, Gray says: “Too many women want to be married but you’re walking in the spirit of ‘girlfriend’.”
He adds: “Here’s what the scripture says: ‘He who finds a good wife, finds a good thing’.
“It didn’t say: ‘He who finds a good girl who he’s attracted to, who he then begins to date, who he then calls his girlfriend, who he then buys a ring, proposes and makes her his fiancee, who he then marries later, who becomes his wife.”
Delivering another divisive statement, Gray states: “You’re not a wife when I marry you, you’re a wife when I find you. You become my wife when I find you.”
Fans of Ciara, who is married to NFL player Russell Wilson, were shocked that she would support such a sentiment.
Many noted that Ciara was famously labelled the fourth “baby mother” of her ex rapper fiance Future, with whom she shares son Future Zahir. Their two-year relationship was shrouded in scandal with multiple reports that Future, 34, had cheated on the singer throughout their romance.
Ciara reacted to the intense criticism on Sunday (21 January) after becoming a trending topic on Twitter. The singer posted a statement on social media, which read: “I was one that girl wanting to be loved a certain way bit was making the wrong choices. I found myself at my lowest moment.
“I was a single mom sitting at home, and then I realized that the perfect love I was looking for was how God loves me, how He wants me to be loved, and who He was calling me to be as a mom and a woman. That’s when I realized married of not married… I needed to love myself. #LevelUp.”
Do you agree with Ciara and the pastor’s advice to “level up”?
Reactions to Ciara’s single-woman ‘shaming’:
I think you & your family are wonderful, but this is a trash take. Marriage isn’t a reward for good behavior. Teaching women they’re “unworthy” is part of the reason so many end up settling for relationships where they’re disrespected and unappreciated.
— K I A R A (@_DamnGina_) January 21, 2018
You have two kids by two different men. Sit this one out Ciara
— not jackie (@Modd250) January 20, 2018
What one man requires from a wife is not the same as what another man requires so i really don’t know how we are supposed to be walking in this “spirit of a wife”
— Robyn Jaye (@missrobynjaye) January 21, 2018
Ciara telling women to “Level up” and live “like a wife” so they can b married is astounding to me. Didn’t you need grace, mercy & compassion when you were being dragged up and down the Internet for the Future situation? How quickly ppl forget when they reach a perch of privilege
— CiCi Adams (@CiCiAdams_) January 21, 2018
My new term/phrase is now going to be “Level Up” thanks C.
— Jerome Trammel (@MrJeromeTrammel) January 21, 2018
You literally don’t need to explain yourself. You didn’t post it with any malicious intent. People just got triggered cause that’s what people are good at these days.
— I’m Me (@MeMeThis1999) January 21, 2018
That’s right ciara, you didn’t settle and let past situations hold you back. You followed your heart and found a good man! Congrats on all your happiness. It’s a cruel world we live in
— downsouth (@ToniwithaI) January 21, 2018