Your BFF Is Not A Good Look! Celebrities With Super Suspect Sidekicks
When it comes to celebrities, it’s sometimes hard to separate their real lives from what we see on TV. In the case of reality shows in particular, women that would never normally hang out together are thrust into situations where they have to pretend to be BFF’s, knowing they secretly hate each other. When it comes to the following pairs, the celebs on this list are actually choosing to hang out with these people because, well, they’re their friends in real life. The saying goes we should be careful of the company we keep, and these celebs should take a very close look at who their ratchet sidekicks are…unless of course they are two ratchet peas in a pod.
1. Evelyn Lozada & Nia Crooks
It was the slap heard around the (reality TV) world. Before Nia Crooks, (pronounced “Nya”) was Evelyn’s assistant, she was close friends with Jennifer Williams of Basketball Wives. However, the first time viewers really got to meet Nia was after her and Jennifer’s relationship turned sour – and now feeling betrayed by Jennifer, Nia quickly joined Team Evelyn. Evelyn already wanted to whoop Jen’s behind at this point in the season, so it didn’t take much prodding to get Nia to go H.A.M on her former friend. So…she slapped her when she simply couldn’t take anymore of Jen’s “Hollywood” attitude…and Evelyn promptly jumped across the table like an animal to get at Jen too. No wonder they’re friends…or boss-assistant…or whatever. They both have said they regretted the situation, so hopefully Iyanla won’t need to fix Nia’s life too.
2. Tiny (Tameka Cottle) & Shekinah Anderson
I’ll admit, it took a minute for me to get into T.I and Tiny: The Family Hustle – mainly because I need subtitles to get through an entire episode. I have no idea what these country folk are saying sometimes, and the worst offender is Shekinah Anderson…aka Tiny’s friend/hairdresser and resident hater. I honestly don’t see how Tiny has survived a friendship with Shekinah for as long as she has, especially since she lacks tact and taste, cusses like Samuel L. Jackson and has Tiny’s hair looking a hot mess in every episode. Shekinah appears to be jealous of Tiny’s success, and is worse than Gayle when it comes to being a hanger-on friend who shamelessly plugs herself to try and “get on” every chance she gets. I mean…I guess she’s getting HER hustle on and is milking her 15 minutes – but is she doing it at the expense of her friendship with Tiny? Who knows. Tiny seems to be fine with letting her friend share the spotlight, but Shekinah seems intent on embarrassing Tiny (and herself) as soon as the cameras start rolling.
3. Stevie J & Joseline Hernandez
It’s hard to tell who the main character is, and who the sidekick is between these two. They seem to work the audience and each other pretty well, and as a result, they owned the first season of Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta as their love triangle (with Mimi Faust – Stevie J’s main chick? and daughter’s mother) was the primary focus of the successful series. Their antics as lovers, then enemies, then manager and artist and then lovers again (both on and off the screen) keep the chatter going on Twitter, blogs, radio shows and TMZ – so these two definitely know what they’re doing. While we don’t necessarily know if these two are booed up from one week to the next, their chemistry was like lightning in a bottle for VH1.
4. NeNe Leakes & Marlo Hampton
We already know NeNe is a “rich b&tch” and her fellow “talls” (former) cast member Marlo Hampton quickly befriended her on The Real Housewives of Atlanta. Their fast friendship was a bit of a surprise to me at first, considering it was rumored that NeNe dated Marlo’s former boyfriend Charles Grant – which NeNe denies. But once they got that little bit of business out of the way, they began hanging out, praising each other’s shoe and bag collection and flaunting their baller status all over the A. But Marlo’s messy ways soon got her booted from the show, so who knows if their TV friendship has lasted since the cameras have since stopped following Marlo around. Either way, Marlo seemed to be one of those “friends” you keep close to the vest, or else she might just cut you. But NeNe is smart – and she only keeps friends around who can further her career. If Marlo can’t do anything for her, she might already be kicked to the curb.
5. Phaedra Parks & Dwight Eubanks
I don’t know if Dwight is a bad look for Phaedra, or if he’s just fun to look at. Phaedra Parks, the self-proclaimed southern belle of The Real Housewives of Atlanta, is best buddies with the eccentric Dwight Eubanks who, as her friend, client and elaborate event planner, gels perfectly with her over-the-top, “money is no object” personality. Whether it’s planning her wedding, a formal baby shower or her son’s “Sip & See” – Dwight goes all out, and spares no expense…no matter how tacky the event. He just seems to make it work. Sure he’s a bit petty, gossipy and meddling, but what drama “queen” isn’t. If Phaedra likes it, I love it.
6. Rihanna & Melissa Forde
I have no idea who this Melissa is, but Rihanna and her BFF need to go sit down somewhere. It’s one thing to not like your boyfriend’s ex…even though Rihanna herself could be considered one, but then again I don’t even know what RiRi and Breezy are calling themselves these days. But for Rihanna to cosign her friend tweeting narsty things about Karrueche is just immature. We all need a friend who sticks by our side, allows us to cry on their shoulder or just lets us to vent about that no-good dude who can’t seem to get right. But what we DON’T need is the type of friend who’d encourage us to do a quick drive-by and bust windows out of cars and slash tires and whatnot. I’m not saying that Melissa has done that, but you get my drift. Whether Melissa is the ring leader or just following Rihanna’s lead, the BEST kind of friend is one who builds you up and encourages you to move on, not one who bigs you up when she knows you’re acting simple and allows you to look like a petulant fool on Twitter. Get ya life…both of you.
7. Chief Keef & Lil Reese
I don’t really keep up with Chicago rap cliques, but after viewing a video that had gone viral of a man beating a woman, I soon discovered who Lil Reese was. Lil Reese, Chief Keef’s partner in crime, was caught on video arguing with a woman, which then turned physical. After their exchange, Lil Reese backed the woman into a corner and started beating her, throwing punch after punch, and then kicking her as she slumped to the ground while her friends screamed in horror in the background. Not that I expect much from rappers, but what I expect from men in general is to not put their hands on a woman unless they’re doing so in self-defense – which didn’t seem like the case in this instance. And only a dirt bag would take to Twitter and try to justify his actions, saying “haters” leaked the video in order to keep him down. If you don’t give haters anything to videotape, then you won’t have to worry about them leaking footage of you being a woman beater. But if Breezy can rebound from giving a woman a beat down, maybe he can too. Weak.
8. Chrissy Lampkin & Emily Bustamante
Is it me, or does Emily B. seem like she’s afraid of Chrissy? After Chrissy emerged as a bully who was full of self-importance for being nothing other than Jim Jones’ woman in the first season of Love & Hip Hop, it’s easy to see how Emily B. (or any of the other cast members) could cower in her presence. While neither returned to the original series for another season, both ladies returned to reality TV in Chrissy’s spinoff – Chrissy & Mr. Jones, where Emily B. continued to be a bootlicker to the perpetually confused, “I’m hoping this relationship can get better” Chrissy. It’s no wonder that she’d latch onto Chrissy though, as she seems to be confused and deluded about her relationship as well with rapper Fabolous. Both of these women need to just be still and find themselves. Or at least keep their relationships off of TV until they figure it out. But I guess that wouldn’t make for good TV now would it?
9. CoCo & Soulgee
Technically he’s her personal assistant, but these two rock heavy together whether for work or play. He makes sure she keeps her affairs in order, and she teaches this grown man how to drive. They just seem to click, even if it IS in a silly, airhead, token queen sort of way. I just think having an “assistant” is a person’s way of keeping their best friends on payroll, and I’m not mad at it. How else would they get their 15 minutes of fame? If all I had to do was walk CoCo’s dogs, tell her how fabulous she looks in a booty outfit and party with her, I’d be CoCo’s “assistant” too….for a nice little fee and some airtime. Soulgee is Coco’s gay husband, and it would be wise to keep him around if for no other reason than to keep her picture-taking behind out of trouble with her REAL husband.