If you’ve ever even watched a commercial or trailer for the latest season of WE TV’s Mary Mary, which follows the lives of gospel duo Tina and Erica Campbell, you know that subject of splitting up or going solo is being explored unlike ever before. Although this talk of splitting up after twelve years is one that many devoted fans don’t want to entertain, I don’t believe anyone can fault the sisters for considering it. In a recent interview with the Huffington Post’s Black Voices, the ladies discuss the option of a Mary Mary hiatus as well as a breakup. Check out what they had to say.
On considering what the next phase of life offers:
“Now that we’re evolving as women, we feel like we’ve made a pretty substantial mark with Mary Mary,” Tina, 38, said. “It’s part natural. It’s part being prepared for the next phase in life. We may just need to take some time to reassess, to pray and seek God and find out what we can individually offer to the world.”
On the difficulty of balancing work and home life:
“Tina has her 3-month-old with us, which means she’s not getting that much sleep on schedules where we have to wake up at 4:45 in the morning to be ready for 5 o’clock glam calls and be on absolutely all day,” her sister Erica, 40, explained, adding that she, too, struggles to keep up appearances without missing milestones in the lives of her three children at home. “I’m on the phone constantly … to check on them and make sure making sure my daughter doesn’t start walking while I’m gone,” Erica said.
“We always knew that we wanted to work and have kids,” TIna said. “We never looked at the kids or the husbands as a reason to not be a group. That’s not the motivation for either of us. It is 12 years — time to reassess, reevaluate, take a moment, breathe, inhale, exhale, all of that.”
“If Mary Mary is not meant to be together … it’ll be a smooth transition into whatever the next phase is,” Erica added. “It definitely won’t be a contentious, selfish decision. It’ll be something that our passions and what we feel our spirit is telling us to do.”