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Tyla thinks about getting Kai Cenat on the right track with a viral “We’re friends, but” response

In March, Tyla joined Kai Cenat during one of his frequent livestreams and politely turned him down when he asked her out. The sweet and hilarious exchange has since gone viral, recently resurfacing when Kevin Hart visited Cenat's stream last week.

Fans who have been wondering what Tyla thought about the whole ordeal are in luck. During the South African star's visit to Power 105.1 The Breakfast Club The previous Thursday (June 13), Charlamagne Tha God asked her if she saw Hart give Cenat a sign that said “We Friends Tho” (her response to Cenat’s date invitation).

“Guys, this thing stretched,” she said, making all the hosts laugh. She then explained how the impromptu question made her nervous, which led to her friend-zoning the popular streamer on air. “Don't embarrass me, guys. Sorry, no. I'm going to embarrass myself [myself].”

Envy then asked her if she and Kai were joking about the moment, but she implied that they weren't. “We don't really talk about it,” she replied, before praising the time they spent together. “We met for the first time in New York around New Years. Then I went on stream and it was really fun.”

Elsewhere in the interview, Charlamagne asked the “Jump” singer a potentially controversial question, which Tyla's press agent quickly dodged. He inquired about Tyla's identity as a “coloured” person, which is the norm for non-white, mixed-race citizens in South Africa. The debate continued as her popularity continued to grow in the United States, where the term is largely considered an insult.

Ty has since addressed the situation with a statement on her social media accounts. She provided some background on her cultural roots and explained that she believes race is understood differently around the world. “I've never denied my blackness, I don't know where that comes from,” she began. “I'm a mix of black/Zulu, Irish, Mauritian/Indian and coloured. In South Africa I would be classified as a coloured woman and in other places I would be classified as a black woman. Race is classified differently in different parts of the world.”

She continued, “I don't expect anyone to identify me as a coloured person outside of South Africa because I understand the meaning of that word outside of South Africa. But to wrap up this conversation, I am both a coloured person and a black woman in South Africa. As a woman for the culture. It is and not or… that says ASAMBEEE.” Watch the full interview and Tyla's response below.

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