While most of us are so done with Ray J’s antics at this point, and have been for some time, Brandy is defending her little brother to the death just like any big sister should. Next month, she and Monica cover Ebony’s music issue and inside she talks about the rumors surrounding her brother’s character and insists people just don’t understand him.
“I know who he is. And I”m pissed off about some of the things I’ve been hearing. It really bothers me that [those are] the kind of things that people do for money,” she told the magazine.
“He’s misunderstood. It’s one thing to have this image of [a ladies' man], but it’s another to become this other type of person that they’re trying to make my brother out to be. I know who he is. This is a man who loves his mama and his sister and his niece. Ray J loved Kim Kardashian. They were irresponsible with their–you know–but he loved her. For five years, he was with her. In his mind and in the world’s mind, he was in my shadow for such a long time. To watch his sister become whatever I became and to not have that same path or that same way it happened for me; to be called ‘Brandy’s brother…’ To finally break out of it, you’re going to brag; you’re going to feel something about yourself. It’s not coming from a bad place, and I can tell you: Some of the shoes Ray J’swalking in, you’d take off immediately. You wouldn’t be able to handle the type of shoes he’s in.”
I’m sure Ray J does feel some type of way being in his sister’s successful shadow but at 31 years old most people are thinking it’s time for him to grow up and do something with the money he’s making from his new deal selling Prince Reigns Shaving Serum besides search for women on TV and write tell-all books.
Troubled little brother aside, Brandy also talked about the other special man in her life, her boyfriend Ryan, and she wasn’t hesitant to say she’s ready to be Mrs. Press.
“I wish we were engaged. He’s taking a little long on the ring side of things, but I’m patient. I wanted to impress him. I wanted him to be proud of me; I was inspired by him. So making the record and his being there, it’s just all a part of it. Him and my daughter. I want him to love my songs. I want him to love my voice.”
Maybe when he sees the next issue of Ebony he’ll pick up on that not-so-subtle hint.
What do you think about what Brandy had to say about Ray J? Is he just misunderstood or still a hot mess?
Brande Victorian is a blogger and culture writer in New York City. Follower her on Twitter at @be_vic.