“The impact of ‘The Boy Is Mine’ was just so epic. You are talking about a song that was no. 1 for 13 weeks. It was perfect timing and a duet featuring two people that no one would ever think would do a song together. It changed both my career and Monica’s. I just felt like I was on a cloud when that song came out. I was filming my first movie [I Still Know What You Did Last Summer], so I didn’t get the chance to enjoy it the way I’m sure Monica did because she was in the States while I was shooting in Mexico somewhere. But I definitely felt the love that was going on. Rodney Jerkins really set the tone for this album. He wasn’t afraid to push me as a vocalist. He understood where I wanted to go. This was a mature statement for me.
But people really wanted Monica and I to have beef with each other. And the song didn’t help the situation because it was about us fighting over a boy. Being that young and our fans being young, people thought we were really against each other. Even our camps wanted us to compete with each other all of the time. It was unnecessary because I was a huge fan of Monica and I still am. And she was a fan of mine. It’s a shame when the industry and record companies and publicists want to start a rivalry. Everybody wants that one artist to shine. But how come Monica and I couldn’t shine together? We missed out on a lot of things. We should have done more records together. We should have toured. But that’s how this business is. You can’t appreciate more than one artist. It’s sad.”