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Mailbag: Tough Love Stars Steve And JoAnn Ward Answer YOUR Relationship Questions

Steve and JoAnn Ward are Master Matchmakers, it says so right there in the name of their business. And with years of relationship and matchmaking experience under their belts, not to mention four successful seasons of Tough Love, they’ve set the bar for realistic, no-B.S. dating advice. And now they’re offering their advice to viewers on the VH1 Blog. We asked Tough Love Facebook fans this week to submit their relationship questions and you all really had a lot of them, so we picked some of our favorites for Steve and JoAnn to address, and we’ll be posting their answers every week. If you’d like to submit a question, just become a Facebook fan and leave a comment here! Here are this week’s questions.

Natasha Blas asks “What’s the best way to go about finding someone special when you have kids?

JoAnn Says:
Go to places and events that you know parents take their children. Some examples would include: amusement parks, single parent support groups, sporting events, school functions, ice cream parlors, parks, etc. Just also be sure to check for a wedding band!

Tresina Moore Hansen asks “I have a 10-year-old son who has seen two men in my life come and go and it has been so hard on him. How is a single mom supposed to balance the time necessary to get to know a potential partner with protecting her son’s heart?”
Steve says: Don’t introduce your son until you’re ready to be in a committed relationship with a man. Once you’re in the committed relationship with him, you guys can spend all your time together, as a family.

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Talking Couples Therapy Episode 7 With Dr. Jenn Berman

Dr. Jenn Berman Couples Therapy

Dr. Jenn Berman has been counseling people and offering advice to people in need for some twenty years now, but on VH1′s Couples Therapy, this marks her first time working with a group of ten celebrities whose relationships are in desperate need of repair. We’ll be checking in with Dr. Jenn each week to chat about the progress of her patients on the show, and what she really thinks of their behavior. This week we got into Linda’s relationship with her mother, who had some strong opinions about Charley, plus we addressed the Vienna-Kasey-Lee love triangle.

At one point during their argument, Kasey said he felt led on by Vienna and that their experience there was a waste of time. What do you think of his saying that, as the therapist who was really trying to help them?
Vienna Girardi Kasey Kahl Couples Therapy Fight
I think he was upset in the moment and feeling hurt, and what he meant was that it was a waste of his time if she didn’t want to be with him. More than anyone, Kasey has repeatedly said that the show was the most life-changing, magnificent experience of his life, so I know that that’s not how he feels. We talked extensively about how life-changing this was for him and he has walked away a better man. The breakthrough he had in episode three changed the way he sees himself and the way his life is going and I know he didn’t mean it in that way.

It felt like the group as a whole was more sympathetic to Kasey at this point and might have been turning on Vienna, was that the case?

I think that a lot of the cast members felt very protective of Kasey and they saw how devoted he was to Vienna. It was hard for them to remain objective and to say hey, if she’s in love with someone else, she should be with that person, she shouldn’t be with Kasey. If Vienna doesn’t want to be with Kasey, it’s a favor to him because it frees him up to be with someone who does want to be with him.

Linda called the proposal between Mike and Deja one of the most perfect proposals you can imagine, it really was a magical moment. How did you find those two?

The executive producer found them and just loved their story and felt like it was great opportunity for our couples to have that sort of reminder of new love and true love. The cast was excited to help Mike pick out the engagement ring and when they found out they were going to be part of the proposal, everyone was so thrilled. Everyone got into it, even DMX was into it, it was so poignant.

Do you think that Linda’s mom’s outward skepticism of the relationship between Linda and Charley was was most affected her and caused her to have doubts?

I think getting her mom’s approval was one of the many elements that Linda struggled with. I think she’s undergone terrible media scrutiny, she’s had conflicts with her family, you know, she’s had a lot working against the relationship and I think her mom was just one element, but an important element. It was important that we had that session together.

Linda’s perspective on her relationship is really amazing, how she says she’s at peace with essentially leaving Charley behind after she’s gone and knowing he’ll have a second life without her. That’s incredible and heavy but also a really realistic way to look at things.

Yup. And it’s also very selfless. That’s one of the things that stands out in their relationship, Linda’s concern, if you listen to her, over and over again it’s “Am I being fair to Charley?” The question is never “Do I love Charley?” or “Do I want to be with Charley?” it’s always “Is this what’s right for him?” which is so loving.

Do you think she’s always had that perspective she describes, or did she gain that from therapy with you?

I think she’s a very loving person and she’s always tried to have in mind what is in his best interests. Their part of therapy was helping him and her figure out what was in their best interest.

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The Cast Of Big Morning Buzz Live Receive Some Tough Love From The Wards

This morning, Steve and JoAnn Ward stopped by the Big Morning Buzz Live studio where they talked about all the various ways they’ve dished out their Tough Love recently. (Most notably, when they used a zapper in last week’s episode to condition the girls to stop behaving badly by shocking them.) Also interesting to note, Steve think this New Orleans cast is the hardest batch of women that they’ve ever worked with.

But things got even more interesting when the Wards tried to help BMBL correspondents Jason Dundas and Janell Showden create successful online dating profiles. It didn’t go so well. Steve even calls Janell’s profile (jokingly…we hope) the worst he’s ever seen in his life. Check out the clip and tune in to Tough Love on Sunday nights at 9 p.m. ET/PT.
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Will There Be A Basketball Wives Movie?

Shaunie O’Neal, ever the business woman, is looking to further expand the Basketball Wives brand with a movie about the life of an NBA wife. Variety reports that O’Neal has partnered with producer Tracey Edmonds produce a feature film that “centers around a young woman who follows her boyfriend to Miami after he gets drafted into the NBA. Thrust into the world of professional sports, she meets the other players’ wives and learns from their trials and tribulations.” Sounds familiar! But this story, unlike Basketball Wives, will be a fictional version of what we’ve gotten used to seeing on the show.

Edmonds, who produced Jumping The Broom, has also enlisted Broom screenwriter Elizabeth Hunter to write the film. Edmonds tweeted about the project “The film introduces new characters w rich story lines and although juicy and action packed, it’ll empower!” What do you think, are you Basketball Wives fans excited for the film??
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Steve And JoAnn Ward Discuss Tough Love And Steve’s “Special” Girl On Late Night With Jimmy Fallon

Jimmy Fallon doesn’t necessarily have a reputation for asking the really tough, journalistic questions on Late Night, but he certainly made Steve Ward sweat during last night’s show. (Literally.) Jimmy poked around to find out about Steve’s love life, a topic that anyone who watches Tough Love has wondered about, and Steve and his mom JoAnn admitted that there’s a “special girl” in his life that he’s been seeing. For five years! Unfortunately, when Jimmy asked Steve to propose to her on-air, the room got a little stuffy for Steve. Not so easy being in the hot seat now, is it, Steve?
Tough Love: New Orleans, Sunday nights at 9 p.m. ET/PT right here on VH1.
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The Return Of Single Ladies Means The Return Of Our Favorite BFF, Omar

You can’t blame us for getting excited by the return of Single Ladies on May 28, but we might actually be most excited by the return of the single man on the show, Omar Kearse. Omar, played by Travis Winfrey, is the stylish, sassy, sexy BFF who always has a comeback (or a come on) at the ready. We’ve really missed Omar, and if you have too, check out this clip of some of his very best moments from season one.
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Brush Up On Your Malcolm Franks Trivia In This Single Ladies Character Profile

When your character is described as “Chocolate Trump,” that’s a pretty bold statement to live up to. But Malcolm Franks, played by D.B. Woodside, meets and exceeds expectations. Wealthy, confident, and exponentially hotter than the, er, Vanilla Trump, Malcolm is the perfect man for Keisha Greene on Single Ladies. Until he gets in trouble with the law and keeps bringing his ex-wife into the fold. In case you’ve forgotten what Malcolm’s deal is, check out his profile in the clip above, and prepare to not take your eyes off Chocolate Trump for another season when Single Ladies premieres May 28 at 9 p.m. ET/PT.
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Royce Reed Recaps Basketball Wives Episode 11: Too Many People And Too Many Opinions Got In The Way Of Us Just Being Happy

It’s time once again to welcome Royce Reed back to the blog so she can tell it like it is. For the past two seasons of Basketball Wives, Royce has recapped every episode, all the highs and lows, and given us her completely honest and unfiltered opinion. We’re thrilled to have her back for season four.

Most of last night’s episode lead up to the conversation I had with my father. It also concerned my past relationships. So while most of the girls were either having mammograms, talking about a lawsuit, or planning on how to accidentally on purpose get Jenn and Evelyn together while on their drama retreat while claiming they won’t…I was teaching Tami‘s daughters a few dance steps, walking on the beach and learning my lines in a park with Suzie who for some reason thinks Tahitians eat people. Aside from that, I was pretty much in tears.
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Catch Up With April In This Single Ladies Season One Recap Video

April Goldberg-Jenkins went from married lady to lady having an affair with the mayor to — what else? — a single lady on Single Ladies last year. Need a quick jog down memory lane to remember all the mud April had to wade through during season one? We’ve got a clip to refresh your memory. From getting caught in a widespread web of mayoral affairs to quitting her record company job to being served divorce papers by her ex on her birthday, see what April had to endure so that you’ll know just up things have to look for her this season.

Single Ladies season two premieres Monday, May 28 at 9 p.m. ET/PT.
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Who Is Keisha Greene? Here’s A Single Ladies Refresher For You

It’s been several months since we checked in with Single LadiesKeisha Greene, played by LisaRaye McCoy. Keisha is many things, among them a savvy poker player, a style goddess, a (former) video vixen, and a woman who has been looking for love, finally found it, and had it taken away from her by the FBI. Over the first season of the series, we followed the relationship between Malcolm Franks (played by D.B. Woodside) and Keisha closely to try and figure whether or not it was legit since both of them seemed like they were constantly playing each other. We finally thought we had them all figured out and their love was real…until Malcolm disappeared. Will Malcolm and Keisha’s love reignite when the second season premieres on May 28? We’re not sure, but to catch up on their story, check out our clip above.
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