Ciara Dedicates ESSENCE Fest Performance to Her 'Special Someone,' Fiancé Russell Wilson
“This is for you,” she said before launching into her 2006 hit, “Promise,” on the Mercedes Benz Superdome stage Sunday night. She added, “This song is for that special someone in my life.”
The 30-year-old, who looked every inch a pop diva an ab-bearing crop-top and matching white high-waisted slacks, also paid a touching tribute to Prince with a stunning rendition of his classic, “Adore.”
After sharing all the love, however, Ciara couldn’t resist what appeared to be a sly dig at her ex, rapper Future, by retooling the lyrics to Gloria Gaynor’s break-up anthem, “I Will Survive.” The new words seemed tailored to tell her own story. “But I moved on,” she sings, instead of the usual “But I grew strong.” She also threw in a pointed, “You like to talk,” a possible reference to Future’s Twitter tirades earlier in the year.
But the disco cover was just an introduction for a particularly searing version of “I Bet,” her first release following the split with Future. The raw and honest lyrics have been interpreted as a giant diss aimed at her ex.
Ciara and Future were engaged in 2013, but split soon after the birth of their son, Future Zahir, in April 2014. She and Wilson have been dating since early 2015.
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The singer recently told Essence that she didn’t expect her romance with Future to come to such a dramatic end, but is lucky to have found happiness with Wilson.
“I remember telling my friend the kind of guy I wanted: a God-fearing man with a very fun spirit who loves kids and would really, truly care for me,” she said, adding, “Marriage is something I look forward to. I believe in family, and the beauty of two people committing to spend their lives together.”