When Andrea Kelly tells people she was married to R. Kelly, often the reaction she gets is “I didn’t even know he was married!” which is why she calls herself the “phantom wife.” The pair are no longer married, why is why Andrea is the perfect fit for VH1′s latest series, Hollywood Exes. The newly divorced mother of three is feisty and hilarious and, as you’ll see from the show, a born entertainer.
In this profile piece, Andrea, a dancer, talks about how she was hesitant to start a relationship with her ex, telling him “I don’t wanna be your girlfriend, ’cause you got about fifteen hundred of those.” Eventually he wooed her, they married and had three children, and then the strain of both of them being artists started to take its toll. Now that they’re apart, Drea is in control of her life and ready to be an artist and dancer again, and she wants the world to know her for who she is. Also, make sure you stay on her good side, lest you get a tongue lashing or one of her catchphrases lobbed at you. “Baby hair don’t care.”
Hollywood Exes premieres on Wednesday, June 27 at 9 p.m. ET/PT.
We’re a little late to this news (forgive us, we were on vacation when it broke), but we just wanted to keep you curious Basketball Wives fans up to date. Last week, Royce Reed confirmed that she and her boyfriend Dez Briscoe broke up once and for all. This comes after a tumultuous few months where Royce found out Dez had sent intimate texts to the mother of his child while he was committed to Royce. (As we saw on the show, they went as far as discussing engagement rings.)
Royce penned a blog for us to clarify her feelings on the situation back in April, writing “Do I think Dezmon loves me? Yes! Do I think what he did was wrong? Absolutely. Are we done…forever? Honestly, I don’t know.” Well, now she’s made a decision, and the pair is definitely calling it quits. In her tweets, she doesn’t mince words, writing “Many minds have inquired about whether I’m still with Dezmon Briscoe. Let it be clear that we are not together. I’m happy and super focused!…I wish @Dezbriscoe89 the best but after much thought I found it 2 be n my best interest 2 walk away and focus on my career and my munchkin. :)”
Let us know what you think of Royce’s decision to break it off with Dez. We’re sad to hear the news but Royce seems firm in her decision and we wish them both the best!
“All of my dirty laundry is about to be exposed to America, I hope you all got a big-ass laundry basket,” Rasheeda joked at the premiere party for Love And Hip Hop: Atlanta. She and the rest of the cast gathered last week for a special advance screening of the show, and more than anything else, it’s just fun to watch the clip above to see them respond to some of the more dramatic moments from the debut episode. Wanna see Mimi react when Joseline says Stevie “F—s her brain”? It’s right here.
Love And Hip Hop: Atlanta airs Mondays at 8 p.m. ET/PT.
Who showed up to the Lil’ Kim in L.A. recently? A few of our favorite Basketball Wives L.A. and Love And Hip Hop stars, that’s who. Somaya Reece, who performed on stage with Lil’ Kim later in the night, hung out with Laura Govan and Malaysia Pargo who are busy filming season two of their show at the moment.
Now that the season of Basketball Wives is over and done, we turn our attention to Basketball Wives L.A. which is currently in production to see what’s going on with the West Coast ladies. Bossip caught up with Gloria Govan recently and they discussed two important issues: the drama surrounding the franchise, and whether or not Matt Barnes and Gloria are back together. The answer to the latter question is simple: Yes, they are. Though Gloria says their relationship won’t be a big part of the show next season. “Believe it or not, Godd—it, we ride or die, I guess!”
And as for the recent controversy surrounding the Miami cast, Gloria says there will be a lot less of that on her show. “Aside from the first fight that we had, like that was our first scene, Basketball Wives L.A. is a little bit more mature…don’t get me wrong, you’re definitely going to see drama…but you’re not gonna see us throwing bottles and trying to hit each other. I just think that’s overdone.” We’ve got the full clip on Gloria’s interview above.
Last night on Dr. Drew‘s show on HLN, Drew and Celebrity Rehab counselors Bob Forrest and Jennifer Gimenez got together to discuss the passing of Rodney King who appeared on season two of the show. The news was still very raw for all of them, but more than anything else, they all kept restating the fact that for all the addictions that King suffered through, he was a gentle man at his core.
In the clip above, watch as the three rehabilitation experts discuss their time with King and Dr. Drew reveals his own reaction to King’s passing, saying “You know what happens to me when my patients die? The first thing that happens, I feel angry because I know it didn’t have to happen…I’m sort of in that stage right now with it. After the anger passes, then the sadness kicks in.”
Last night’s season premiere of Love And Hip Hop: Atlanta was definitely buzzworthy, and two of the shows most talked about stars, Joseline and K.Michelle, spoke to the L.A. Times recently to discuss the buzz. The two women, who are both singers and are using the show as a way to boost their fan base, discussed the notoriety of the original Love And Hip Hop series, but that never deterred either of them from participating in the Atlanta cast.
K.Michelle told the Times “I think with any decision you make there’s always the hesitation. I was going to do Love And Hip Hop: New York, and when Love And Hip Hop: Atlanta came around it was a great fit to my personality, everything. I thought about the pros of doing the show and they outweighed the cons, but all in all it was about me telling my story and being myself and letting the world know the real K.Michelle.” She also discussed the recent criticism that certain shows are portraying the fighting a little too heavily, and said “For me, I have my own issues. It’s very difficult for me to judge the girls on Basketball Wives or any of the women on Mob Wives or any of the women who are showing their lives on VH1. But what I did want to pay attention to is that I’m portrayed right. I’m not perfect in this show, by any means. The biggest things I wanted the producers to portray is not an innocent K.Michelle but an honest and real K.Michelle.”
As for Joseline, she really wants people to know she’s an artist, first and foremost. “I believe and know everyone is going to love my music. I put in a lot of work and I’ve had a lot of struggles,” she says. “I’m really showing people how much of the struggle I’ve had. I’m not just a beautiful face and a beautiful body, it’s more than that. I know people are going to love the music, that’s what I’m doing the show for.” But after last night’s episode, it’s clear she’s there to stir things up, but she’s quick to deny she’s a villain. Of course, I think a lot of people are going to believe I am the villain. The truth of the matter is, Stevie is my manager and we’re going to be working together forever. Once people get to know the full story and see what’s going on, they will know I’m not the villain and I’m trying to work. They will know I’m not trying to take anyone’s man; they will know it’s not like that. But it’s OK, people are judging me already. They’ve been judging me. Everyone has their opinions. They can say what they want because I know what I am and what I’m not. I just want to work and make beautiful music.” To read the entire interview with the two women, click here.
Rodney King, found dead in his swimming pool yesterday at age 47, appeared on VH1 Big Morning Buzz Live just last month. In this extended VH1 interview, one of his last, Rodney discusses the 1992 Los Angeles riots, the VH1 Rock Doc Uprising: Hip Hop And The L.A. Riots (in which he appears), his recently released memoir, and Trayvon Martin.
But it is the subject of Barack Obama and race relations that provide the most striking parts of the interview. When asked by VH1′s Janell Snowden about the country in the Obama Era and his role in progressing race relations, Rodney says he thinks America is coming to its senses.
“I always knew we’d have a Black president, but if I didn’t suffer what I suffered and went through, I don’t think we would have had him that soon,” says Rodney. “I’m happy to have been living in this day and time and to have survived that beating, and then to see a black President in office.”
“Don’t hand it to him. Give it to him,” Omar advises Raquel on her first ever outing to the strip club and she looks for a way to slip some singles to one of the male strippers. Raquel has never thrown dollar bills at oiled up men before, nor has she ever gotten a table dance from buff, semi-nude cowboys named Darkness, so the entire evening is a night of firsts.
Keisha is the one who enjoys her own table dance the most though,
but that’s because instead of appreciating Darkness for who he is (probably a charity worker with a heart of gold working his way through grad school, as all the best strippers are), she gets distracted imagining that he’s Malcolm and proves that she’s clearly not over him. Read more…