For all the drama that Yandy Smith found herself in the middle of last season on Love And Hip Hop, it’s a wonder that she agreed to come back for another year. But Yandy’s changed her perspective and in this new interview, she explains that while last season, she was all business, this time around, she’s back to show off way more of her family life and it’s a whole new side of Yandy on season three. Below, we’ve pulled out our favorite soundbites in which she explains why she chose to show off her baby and boyfriend this time around, the reason she thinks people thought she and Jim Jones were actually involved romantically, and why she’s gonna miss her Puuud, Kimbella, who isn’t returning to the series.
On the biggest difference between season two Yandy and season three Yandy: Last season I was completely closed and I didn’t want any of my personal life (no mom, no dad, no man, nothing) on the show. Honestly, the reason why I did the show is because I wanted to give a message to people out there, women, men, whoever…there are some of us who are independent of a man who have built a career in this industry or done well for themselves independently of someone else’s career…This season you see more of my family and what we go through being in the business and all that stuff.
On why she thinks fans assumed she was romantically involved with Jim Jones: People assumed last season, and I realized, that because I didn’t have a boyfriend on the show and it is Love and Hip Hop, people assumed that I was in love with Jim or wanted to be with him. It was so confusing and mind-boggling because we were so professional in real life and on the show and I couldn’t understand why people thought that. I guess if they don’t see you with anybody, they assume you’re with nobody. Because I was coming home every night to Mandeecees so it’s like, what are they talking about. Do they know what I got at home? I felt it was important to let people know, “Let me check all y’all that thought something differently, here it is.”
On missing her BFF, Kimbella, who is no longer on the series: I miss her on the show. We talk everyday…on the show, having a comrade and confidant I can go to if things are going on. Again, on the show I can’t bring someone who’s not a cast member to talk about things on the show. Having a close friend on the show is good because I can go to her and say, “Me and this person just got into it, what do you think?” I’m still close with Olivia, but being that Kim’s not on it, I can’t go to her with certain issues that are happening on the show.
On why she chose to return for another season, after all the fighting she faced last season: When I thought about what it’s done for my EGL brand, I was like “Why wouldn’t I?” When I thought about how its a commercial to promote whatever you have (your nails, hair, clothing or jewelry line), this show airs three to four times a day every day a week, you would be a fool not to take advantage of all those marketing tools and dollars that could be spent. And I felt there was nothing more to think about when I thought of it from that spectrum.
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