VH1: Is Raqi the only person you have a problem with on the show?
Tahiry: At this point, no. There were situations with Raqi way back before we even started filming. They weren’t crazy situations, I just chose not to be a part of her world or allow her in mine. I have too much going on in my life to be concerned about people and then be concerned about me. I really don’t care about the girly girl drama; it’s never been the way I role anyway. The back and forth I wasn’t trained that way. You’re either going to handle something or you’ll keep it moving. Its okay to stay in that lane, we’re too old for that.
VH1: Is there more to you guys’ falling out?
Tahiry: We were cool. I think that I picked up on everything that’s happening right now really fast and didn’t express it to her. She tried a few times to contact me, but by me not expressing that to her people don’t like rejection or being ignored. And I think that pissed her off and eventually we get on the show and she had plenty of opportunities to be sincere if she had some kind of, if my friendship to her was important she could of said so, but instead she chose to go the other route. Even in us spazzing after the cup [incident] she could have had a woman to woman conversation with me and said, “Look I really did care and let’s try to retry.” She never did, instead she went left so we continue going left and that’s just a sign that I don’t need you in my life.
VH1: Do you have a problem with her and Joey being friends?
Tahiry: No. Joey is entitled to be friends with anybody. At this point Joey and I are trying to figure out what’s happening between him and I, and if in some case me and Joey decide to have a life together in the future, that’s something I will deal with then, but right now Joey’s his own man. I don’t really think Joey would really continue that friendship.
VH1: Do you have any regrets of how you were portrayed this season or anything you did on the show?
Tahiry: No. I am who I am. I’m human, I reacted, I had a great time, I expressed, I learned.
VH1: Rashidah’s your girl and she tells you the truth. Do you appreciate her for that even though it might not be what you want to hear?
Tahiry: I really don’t like the b*tch. [laughs]. I’m just getting paid. I love Rashidah. I’ve known Rashidah for about eight years now and we don’t have to speak everyday or go to dinner every other week and everytime we see each other its like we pick up where we left off. So that’s what a friend is. She always tells me the truth always. She’ll see me at the mall after not seeing me for a few months and say, “I don’t like that guy for you,” or “You need to change.” I always appreciate having a conversation, plus the fact that she’s really funny and she’s good with the mouth. I’m disrespectful and be swinging.
VH1:Do you think you’ll have any problems today on the show with anyone?
Tahiry: I don’t know, but everybody’s tempers different. I’m pretty cool. I’m wearing a dress, I’m a lady and I’m busy so I don’t really have time.
VH1: Do you prefer one over the other?
Tahiry: Of course I love Oliva and she can sang! But just like Rashidah said, Erica’s song sounds good. It sounds really good. You’re talking about Olivia who’s a singer singer and you’re talking about Erica who’s in the beginning stages, but I’m not mad at either.
VH1: Do you think mixing business and pleasure is always a disaster?
Tahiry: Always. It’s always a bad idea. Lord Jesus. I don’t advise people to do that. There’s always going to be some kind of drama in between no matter how professional you try to keep it. Those hats easily get confused.
VH1: Would you feel the same way if you had done the record with Joe?
Tahiry: But we not dating. At that point it was just an artist and his ex-girlfriend.
VH1: Are you genuinely friends with anybody else on the cast?
Tahiry: [laughter] I’ve known everybody for a long time, except. I know everybody for a long time, but I’m not a quickie bitch.
VH1: Very small circle.
Tahiry: Yea I have to at this point, but I’ve never been quickie. I’m always around guys for some reason.
VH1: Did you watch love and hip hop Atlanta?
Tahiry: Absolutely! I watched some episodes, and I didn’t finish because I thought I was going to call Mona and tell her I’m not doing it. [laughter]
VH1: You have any favorites on that cast?
Tahiry: Of course!I like Joseline and I like Erica a lot. And I like Stevie. I like all of them, they’re hilarious.
VH1: How do you think your season differs from ATL?
Tahiry: We have real life situations. I’m not saying their situations aren’t real I’m just saying that we all worry about different things. I think we hold standards, like the way we view life is a little different. There’s certain things maybe I wouldn’t do which is why I feel like over here we have the drug addiction, we have the religious, the different relationships, you have Yandy trying to figure it out having a baby, we have situations that people actually can relate to. I can’t relate to walking in to therapy with my man and his chick. It’s just different, but I do enjoy them a lot. I can’t wait.
VH1: I know they’re so funny.
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