On March 25, The Daily Mail ran an article that seemingly detailed internal feuding between Marvin Gaye’s family in the wake of their successful “Blurred Lines” money. The report particularly highlighted Zeola Gaye as being bitter for not receiving any share of the awarded $7.4 million, seeing that she actually sung on the track “Got To Give It Up,” the hit a jury decided its copyright was infringed on.
As it turns out, those claims were false. A high-spirited Zeola Gaye recently appeared on HuffPost Live to speak with Nancy Redd to set the record straight.
“Neither myself nor my sister are feuding over the financial reward that my niece and nephew received from the lawsuit. Absolutely not. If anything, we are very happy. I was so happy that the lawsuit went into their favor,” she said, debunking the rumors. “I’m … deeply, deeply heartbroken, and I felt totally betrayed by the Daily Mail for taking [the interview] I did with them out of context,” she said. “I’m not living in poverty, I’m not penniless. I live comfortably within my means. And I was not expecting to be in that lawsuit, even though I’m on the record. I never felt that I was part of the lawsuit. … The lawsuit was for the kids, Marvin’s heirs. I’m not an heir. I’m a sibling.”
Following the winning verdict, the Gaye family filed an injunction in order to block the distribution and sale of “Blurred Lines.” Still, all the legalities don’t concern Zeola Gaye.
“My reward came from just being able to record that with my brother,” she said.
At any rate, it will be interesting to see if Nona Gaye does indeed “share the wealth” at a later date.
Photo: Huffington Post