Singer hit by hard times
ONE OF Barbados’ up-and-coming voices is now singing the blues.
Sherece Chandler, a finalist in the Richard Stoute Teen Talent contest, is today unsure of how long she will have a roof over her head.
The 22-year-old has been bouncing from home to home and is currently sleeping on the floor of a family member along with her two-year-old son. She admitted she and her mother had reached a point where they could no longer live in the same house.
“In November, my mother put my clothes by the door. A friend put me up in an apartment but I was unable to keep paying the rent and had to leave. After that, I was living in Brighton [St Michael] but someone broke in and I no longer felt safe there,” said Chandler, who came to Nation House to tell of her plight.
Chandler said she then went to live with her sister but that too soon came to an end as the two also could not get along. From there she moved to Rockley, Christ Church, before her current arrangement.
“I can’t work because there is no one to take care of my little boy. I’m at my wits end and I just want my situation exposed. I just want help for me and my child.”
Chandler – who placed second in the Teen Talent contest in 2012 and 2013 – said she had even approached show organiser Richard Stoute for help but it did not work out to her satisfaction. She added she had contacted the Welfare Department and an apartment was being arranged for her, but this was still uncertain.
Stoute told the MIDWEEK?NATION Chandler’s situation was unfortunate but suspected she had other issues.
“Sherece has anger management problems. She is very temperamental; nobody can get along with her. She is angry with the world because of the mistake she made [in relation to a past relationship],” he said.
Stoute stressed that Barbadian men had to learn that if they impregnated a woman, their responsibility was to take care of the child but this was not the case with Sherece.
Despite the problems, Stoute said he was willing to do whatever he could to help.
“I’ve been giving her money for her and the child and she won $6 000 when she placed second in the two contests, but I don’t know what she did with the money. I don’t know what else to do but I am willing to do anything I can for Sherece,” he said. (CA)