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“Starting My Own Empire Would Be Great”: Cassie Talks Loving Diddy, Her Passions And If Mini-Cassies Are On The Way
In 2006 we fell in love with Bad Boy’s leading lady Cassie when she released her summer hit “Me and U.” Lately we’ve mostly only seen the singer cuddled up under hip-hop mogul Sean “Diddy” Combs or traveling the world but we didn’t have much insight into her career or life goals until now.
Vibe Vixen recently sat down with the New London, Connecticut native who told them she grew up in a tight-knit family in the suburbs, was educated in private school, and was supposedly never the “it” or “mean” girl.
“I always wished I was cool and could’ve been a troublemaker, but I was actually a pretty decent kid,” she told the mag.
Although she’s grown from her sexified tomboy image to a sophisticated beauty with edge, Cassie is still humbly the girl next door with hidden sex appeal. Here she shares with Vibe Vixen her passion for DJing, if she will have any mini-Cassies on the way and her relationship with the original Bad Boy.
How do you stand your ground as a woman in a male-dominated industry?
As a woman in the industry, there are so many things you’re up against. If you’re pretty, you’re too pretty. If you’re talented, you’re too talented to the point where people don’t want to listen to your music. And I’m not talking about Beyoncé, who is way up there. I’m just talking about people who are making the music that they love. It’s a confidence thing. It doesn’t matter what you bring out as long as you believe in it and back it up. That’s something that took time to learn. I would second guess myself a lot.
The first time I stepped out of the zone of standing behind somebody and being worried about giving my opinion was when I did “The Boys” video with Nicki Minaj. It was a trying experience, putting looks together with my team and being very, very involved and saying, “No, I’m not wearing that. This is not happening. This is how I want my hair and make-up.” That was the first time I really stood my ground and when everyone looked up, it was like “Girl, you really killed it.” It’s knowing what I want, being aware and sure of it. And not being phased by all the other bull that goes down.
There’s a saying, “You are the company that you keep” and you’ve been linked to super-talented musicians/businessmen. What’s the key to maintaining a relationship when both parties have established careers?
The key to maintaining any relationship—be it a romantic relationship or a friendship—is honesty and communication. I travel so much, host parties and I just signed a new deal with Skam Artist, who predominantly DJs in the same bookings that they do at different parties. It’s New York, Chicago, Vegas so I’m constantly going.
So you’re going to start mastering the turntables now?
I hope it gets to that. I’ve been slowly but surely learning how to DJ. I’m really interested in learning how to do the turntables and I really want to do both dance and hip-hop. Dance is easier actually to mix when you’re DJing, but old school hip-hop and finding the real beat in there is way more difficult.
Has Diddy inspired you to run your own empire? Was there an important business lesson you learned from him?
Absolutely. Just being around him is a completely inspiring experience. Starting my own empire would be great. I’m trying to figure that out. I’m still working with Cassie Enterprises right now but I think that would be something I would love to do.
Being a model for more than half your life, describe the moment you realized your looks are a means to getting what you want, whether it was attention from a certain guy or landing the dream job.
It’s so funny for you to even say “attention from a guy” because I had my funny-looking stage. I think everyone had it as a kid. I remember every star, every birthday wish blowing out a candle, I would always wish boys would like me because I used to get made fun of a little bit.
Did you ever blow out birthday candles or wish on a star to be with Diddy?
[Laughs] No, no, no it was always just for boys to like me. That was it. The other day I did. Have you ever been to the Joshua Tree in Palm Springs, just outside of Palm Springs?
Is there anything else that you feel like you need to conquer or do you feel like it’s time to settle down a bit and maybe have a couple mini Cassies?
Oh my god! Me and my friends are always talking about that. Maybe some mini Cassies or Cassiuses coming up. I’m not really sure. My new thing right now is I’m going to get back into some acting. I did Step Up 2 a while ago and I enjoyed being on set so I think I’m going to start taking classes, work with an agency and seeing where that goes as well. I’m working on a sophomore album currently so hopefully things start to move.
Check out more of Cassie’s interview on VibeVixen.com. Can you see her walking around with a few Diddy Jrs.?
I think we can all agree that when it comes to Diddy, not only is he about his bread, but he’s also definitely about the ladies. But in the last few years, it seems that Sean Combs has decided to slow himself down. The mogul and father of five (six if you include him being the informal stepfather of Kim Porter’s son, Quincy) has been in a relationship with Cassie for the last couple of years. While they haven’t been as open about their relationship as he has been in the past (remember when Diddy and Kim Porter were on the cover of Essence?), they definitely have the lovey-dovey social media message thing on lock. She’s sent him more than a few Instagram posts professing her love, but is Diddy ready to take the next big step with her (or any other woman)? He told the ladies of The View (Barbara Walters specifically) that he’s not…
“It definitely would be a dream come true for me to just one day just be ready for that.
The thing is, I’m not really looking because I know the responsibility that comes with that and I think that a lot of people, they jump into that and they’re not honest with themselves. I’m brutally honest with myself. If I’m ready for that responsibility, I think in due time…I don’t want to get married and not make that woman be the best. I’m a big baby in a grown man’s body. I’ve been close to it and when I’m ready I’ll make the announcement, but when I do it, I’m doing it forever. Know that.
One think I want to add to that is, I think a lot of people put too much on marriage and not enough on happiness. I’m happy, anybody that is in my life is happy…at least some of the days [laughs]. I just want to be happy and I think it’s important for you to protect your happiness and to love yourself, because then you can love other people the right way.”
He definitely makes some deep statements, especially the part about loving yourself first. But I do hope that Cassie is aware that she shouldn’t be expecting too much too soon from her man. He’s not sure if he’s ready for all the responsibilities that come with the title of husband (sounds similar to what Oprah said about marriage), and we can respect that. At least he’s honest. Check out his answer to the question by watching the clip of that episode over at the show’s website. The conversation about marriage occurs at the 19:00 mark.
Gotta Man That I Think I’m Gon’ Love Forever: Keri Hilson And Her Baller Boo Serge Ibaka Get Cute And Cuddly At ATL Club
While we were bumming it up for the weekend catching up on movies, a few reality TV stars and a few of Atlanta’s finest entertainers put on their tallest stilettos and headed to Privé nightclub this past weekend. Among those cheesing it up for the camera included Keri Hilson and her Oklahoma City Thunder playing boyfriend Serge Ibaka (who is super fine). The two were snapped getting extra cute, close and cozy in the club. They danced, they had some drinks, and she showed off her svelte frame in a pair of super-tight white jeans and a printed crop top. Maybe it’s the alcohol in her system at that time, but doesn’t Keri just look the happiest she has in a while? A good man can do that to you! They are very cute and seem to be head over heels in love, am I right?
Check out more pictures of the two cuddled up lovers in the club, along with snaps of a bra-less Joseline Hernandez (why, girl, why??) and her man Stevie J, Cassie, Toya Wright and Tiny, and Mimi Faust of all people painting the town red in the ATL on the next page:
The irony right?
Just yesterday we were talking about not knowing why Cassie is famous and here she is with her own spread in Esquire magazine — guess they know. For the June/July issue, the mag chats with “The jokester” who they introduce with the following:
This is Cassie, a 26-year-old model and R&B artist. Just Cassie? “It’s not like I’m Madonna,” the Connecticut native says. “I’ve been Cassie my whole life.” But why no last name? “People would meet me and say, ‘What’s your stage name?’ ‘Well, Cassie.’ ” (Her last name is Ventura, by the way.) She was just Cassie even before she met fellow one-namer Diddy, who was something of a mentor during production of her first album, the familiarly named Cassie, in 2006. The follow-up is due later this year. Aside from that, she appeared on Nicki Minaj’s 2012 single “The Boys,” and this April she released her own mixtape, featuring tracks with Rick Ross and Wiz Khalifa. And no, she did not call it Cassie. (It’s RockaByeBaby.)
Guess that’s all we need to know. Here are the pics of Diddy’s beautiful boo in the mag, looking very Rihanna-esque in her risque see-through leotards. What do you think?
Oh, Heeeey…It’s You Again: 10 “Celebrities” You See Everywhere, But Don’t Really Know Why They’re Famous
Before you get your panties all in a knot, this isn’t about really dissing anybody. But have you ever noticed certain faces and people everywhere, but don’t really know why they’re such a big deal all of a sudden? You can probably blame it on blogs and Instagram, but it’s something that’s been going on for years and years. Hence the rise of folks like Paris Hilton, everyone from Laguna Beach and The Hills, and other people who are famous just for being in front of a camera. Some of these people finally did something with their talents, while others are still just trying to be seen everywhere to make you care. And it seems to be working. Here are 10 celebrities who are famous but we still aren’t 100 percent sure why…
So Ora is one of the “First Ladies” of Roc Nation, but is it just me, or do you rarely hear her music on the radio? Maybe she’ll have the same type of upward mobility that Rihanna’s career eventually had after “Pon de Replay,” but for right now, I don’t get it. I see pictures of her coming out of every place, yet I’ve never seen her perform at an awards show. Every time I turn around on fashion site’s, I’m being asked what I think of her style, but I’ve only seen one of her videos on MTV. She’s gorgeous, but honestly, I don’t know this baby from Adam. She needs to shake Jay-Z to put her music on somebody’s station because I don’t know anyone that can name more than maybe two of her songs. But we’ll see what the future holds for her…her vocals aren’t bad!
Ever since I heard the slowed beat of Ghost Town DJ’s “My Boo” drop, I instantly had Ciara’s latest single “Body Party” on repeat. I knew the video would feature her slithering and sliding in moves that would keep EMTs busy for weeks as women across the country blew out their backs and pulled hamstrings trying to imitate the moves for their men.
I wasn’t disappointed when Ciara scissored her legs in the air for boyfriend Future as they play out how they first met for the video, but it was like deja-vu as I saw her relationship slowly steal the spotlight from her first two singles. Is it me, or does something happen to a recording artist when they fall in love and choose to flaunt it in their work? After watching Ciara’s steamy video for “Body Party,” I couldn’t help but wonder if she’s risking the buzz she’s worked so hard to build back by allowing boyfriend, Future, to make so many appearance.
Mixing business and pleasure is a risky move. There’s something about when celebs turn the camera on to their personal lives that causes their careers and their relationships to fall apart. Here are a few celebs who might want to think about leaving their boo behind-the-scenes in the future.
J.Lo had a pretty good buzz going as a singer even if her “hits” were only heard in the clubs, but as soon as Ben Affleck took J.Lo from the block to the yacht in her Jenny From the Block vid, Jenny’s singing career went man down for a minute and she was left man-less and a little embarrassed. Not to mention Ben credited the cameo with almost ruining his career. And who can forget how clearly sprung she was on the track “Dear Ben,” in which she sings,” I love you, you’re perfect.” Well apparently the feelings weren’t mutual; Ben quickly married another Jennifer after their break up and made like 11 kids with her. Sting. Word of advice for the former fly girl: You can sing all the love songs you want about your boo, just don’t name them after him and throw said boo in all your videos.
Forever 21 revealed its Spring 2013 campaign girl, Cassie!
The model and
wannabe singer posed for the brand 90s L.A. inspired collection. Full of geometric prints, crops tops, some overalls and other form fitting pieces the 26-year-old looks youthful. The collection is divided by the West Side that has laid-back pieces with abstract prints, vibrant sneakers and crop tops, and the East side that has 90s urban Los Angeles style with vintage and alternative style pieces.
See more pics on StyleBlazer.com.
Earlier this week rumors swirled that hip-hop bigwig Sean “Diddy” Combs and Sports Illustrated supermodel Kate Upton are involved in a “hot and heavy” whirlwind romance. Sources told Daily News gossip column, Confidential, that the pair were seen making out at club LIV in Miami Beach.
“They were kissing, they weren’t hiding it,” the snitch claimed before going on to say that the two disappeared into VIP and partied together until the wee hours of morning.
Sources also say that the duo were spotted “having dinner” at Gemma in the Bowery Hotel. The story didn’t seem far-fetched, as 43-year-old Diddy seems to have a thing for the youngins and Upton is only a few months shy of her 21st birthday. Diddy, however, came out last night stating that the rumors are false.
Kate also took to Twitter to deny rumors.
A representative on behalf of Upton also denied the rumored love connection to TMZ, saying that the two “barely know each other” and that they aren’t dating.
We imagine Diddy’s long-time rumored girlfriend Cassie Venture is letting out a sigh of relief. The two have been rumored to be carrying on an Ashanti-Nelly styled relationship for the past 5 years. Only last September did Diddy semi-confirm their coupledom when he Instagramed a photo of the singer with a caption that read:
“I’m a very lucky man #knowthat.”
So, what do you think of all of this?
Pshh, Crying? I Just Had Something In My Eye: Ryan Leslie Talks Getting Emotional On Stage And Losing Cassie To Diddy
Mega producer and Harvard graduate, Ryan Leslie recently paid a visit to New York’s Power 105.1 studio for a quite interesting interview with the Breakfast Club. The shows hosts, Angela Yee, Charlemagne and DJ Envy of course asked Leslie some pressing questions that many have been itching to learn the answers to. Charlemagne wasted no time asking about the dramatic triangle that Leslie found himself in with Cassie and Diddy.
“Man, I don’t think anyone of those people, with them not being here, would want me to broach that subject. I mean, I already had a conversation with him. [Diddy].”
He also revealed that he and Cassie had a conversation a little over a year ago. When asked what he thought of Cassie and Diddy’s relationship, Ryan replied:
“It’s life man, people have to do what they wanna do to be happy.”
He was also questioned about a viral video that has been circulating for some time now, which depicts a distraught Leslie crying on stage and burning a copy of the New York Post during one of his concerts.
“Actually, I didn’t cry on stage… I did burn the New York Post and I know what video you’re referring to… I live in a world of viral media. You know what I’m saying, that’s what I built my career on. When that video got more distribution, because everyone thought I was crying on stage, you know, that’s good for the actual message that I had in that video… I was wearing a leather cap on stage, you know, I’m sweating and whatever it was. You know what I’m saying? There was no crying on stage.”
In case you may have missed it, back in 2010, Leslie’s laptop was stolen. He publicly came out and offered $1 million to the person who returned his laptop to him. A man from Germany actually returned the laptop, but when it came time to pay up, Ryan was reluctant. The man took Leslie to court for the reward money and a judge ruled in his favor, ordering Leslie to pay up. After the judge’s ruling, the New York Post published a cover story on the case, where they referred to Ryan as a “rap weasel,” which is why in retaliation, he burned a copy of that issue on stage during a performance.
Peep footage of Ryan’s emotional performance below. Does he look like he was shedding tears or “sweating” like he said?
You can check out his full interview, as well as his infamous NY Post cover on the following page.
If Alicia Keys’s “Brand New Me” video wasn’t enough for you today in the “Pass Or Play” department, I thought I’d share this newest joint and video by Cassie called “End Of The Line.” Still going strong trying to make this music thing work (I’m sure most would kick back and let Diddy take care of them), the singer with her still half-shaven head sings about a relationship that’s no longer worth it to make work. Standing in the middle of nowhere wearing a chain-linked halter, white jeans and boots, Cassie does more high fashion as opposed to showcasing serious vocal skills. Seriously, it’s like watching what probably was a gorgeous photo shoot, and then someone decided to stop and make a music video with their free time. While I was hoping it was a hoax, this is the clip that has been circling around the Internet, and it’s definitely tagged as the “official” joint.
As for the track, it’s definitely a little slow and sad for my taste. Slow in the sense that not only are the vocals like someone singing in slow motion stuck in molasses, but the track in itself is kind of depressing. It almost feels like it’s not done being put together in the studio. But I respect Cassie’s hustle, it’s just that she’s so much better at being a beauty and model than she is at trying to be a respectable musician in this rough and tough industry. I appreciate the attempts, but man, I can sooooo do without “End Of The Line.” What about you though? Check out the clip below and let us know what you’re thinking.