‘Masked Singer’ winner Teyana Taylor talks her emotional show journey, says it wasn’t just “fun & games”

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Multitalented entertainer Teyana Taylor was crowned the season 7 winner of The Masked Singer on Wednesday night, but the 31-year-old superstar says the road to winning was never something she took lightly.

“It was nothing that I looked at as just, like, fun and games,” she said in an interview following her final performance as the firefly.

The decision to join the show came after the “Rose in Harlem” singer announced she was retiring from music in December 2021. Taylor says she was skeptical about joining the show but looked at the opportunity as an outlet to “sing without politics and judgement.” 

“It’s crazy because I was so passionate from day one and I think it’s because of my journey in music,” she said. 

Though her journey on the top-secret competition show was an “emotional” one, Taylor says she’s ultimately glad she decided to take part. “It felt so good to win this,” she expressed.

As for her retirement from the music industry — a decision many of her fans aren’t in favor of — Taylor says The Masked Singer is “technically” her last bow, but also “you never know” because she’s now got “a lot of things to think about.” 

“So stay tuned,” she says. 

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