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You know, I wanted to like Erica Mena. For a second there, I thought she could be a misunderstood woman trying to make her way and feed her family through reality TV. However, it’s her shenanigans off-camera lately that are a bit unsettling. Ever since Shad Moss, aka, Bow Wow popped the question, she has really been feeling herself. And while there’s nothing wrong with being happy about a new chapter and winning romantically, she hasn’t been a gracious winner. In fact, she’s been a bit mean: to her exes, to her former castmates, and as I found out this week, to the mother of Bow Wow’s daughter, Shai. I tried to hold my tongue, but after watching her tell another woman that she’s “just a BM,” I can’t deal. Hey, sometimes finding love can go to your head (check out our comical video on the subject). But the following behaviors are not a good look. Ladies, here are 10 things you shouldn’t do once your man puts a ring on it, as inspired by Erica Mena.
Most were shocked to learn of Bow Wow and Erica Mena‘s engagement last fall. Their relationship seemed to come completely out of left field, but the celebrity couple’s situation lasted longer than many people expected and according to the duo, they still plan on tying the knot.
The rapper is only 28, but he reasons that because he has been in entertainment for so long, he is actually “40 years old” in industry years. For this reason, he says that he’s sure he is ready to settle down.
He tells Rolling Out:
“I could have easily been the Black Hugh Hefner. Erica would be the first to tell you that “Bow is Bow.” I still uphold that young, flashy, on-the-scene lifestyle. That’s never going to leave. But for me, I just follow life and life just hit me differently this time. With me starting at 5, I might be 28, but really I’m 40 years old in entertainment years. So when people are asking why I’m slowing down, the truth is, I’ve had everything. There isn’t a woman that has ever been on camera, ever been interviewed, or ever been on the red carpet that I haven’t been in contact with. So, I’m done with all of that. They say you’re supposed to get it out and live your life. At this point in my life, all of that is boring, and that was when I knew it was time … it just felt right for me and Erica to take that step.”
The CSI: Cyber actor when on to say that his 4-year-old daughter, Shai, also influenced his decision.
“Also, I wanted to focus on being the best father that I could be, because my father definitely wasn’t a good father. I want to have time for [my daughter] whenever she needs me. So all of this works together to allow me to have some stability in my life so I can focus on what I need to do.”
He also shared that having daughter has made him “more respectful” towards women.
“I’m more respectful now. Looking at my little girl, I really have tunnel vision. How could I ever let her down? She’s my best friend, and I’ve been waiting for her to finally get to this age [4 years old]. Now, she can come to work with me and just be chilling. I love it.”
While most young adults like myself are plotting to get out of their parents’ home, it looks like Shad “Bow Wow” Moss intends to stay under his mama’s roof for a long time. In an interesting interview with People, the “CSI: Cyber” actor revealed that he recently moved his fiancée Erica Mena into the Atlanta mansion he shares with mom Teresa Caldwell.
“It just makes sense,” Moss said. “First of all the house is too big, but I want to make sure my mom is comfortable forever.”
The 28-year-old went on to say that this way of living is something he learned from former mentor Jermaine Dupri.
“I remember when I first moved to Atlanta and Jermaine Dupree had the same situation,” Moss explained. “He took part of the house and his mom had the whole rest of it. I said then that I wanted to have the same set up.”
Currently, the soon-to-be married couple is living in the newly remodeled basement of the 8-bedroom mansion.
“It’s like I have a condo downstairs,” he explained. “I’ve had 100 people there and my mom has been asleep and has never heard the music, screaming, laughter, or drinking. I mean full blown house parties downstairs while she is in the bed asleep. So I’m staying right here.”
It also seems that overstepped boundaries won’t be an issue for the trio because there’s so much space.
“There’s times where I’ll be down there for three days and we don’t see each other so it’s like I’m out of town even when I’m here.”
“I don’t have to get in the car and drive anywhere to see her,” he continued. “I just come up the stairs and say, ‘What up, Mom.’”
What are your thoughts on Shad revealing his current living arrangement?
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When I first learned that Bow Wow and Erica Mena were engaged, I was shocked but also immediately assumed it was a publicity stunt. And if I’m being completely honest, I’m still not sure their love is real. But perhaps they’ve taken that next step anyway. Earlier today, on his Facebook page, the rapper and former host of “106 & Park,” posted an extensive message to his fiancé, that seemed to suggest that the couple are already husband and wife.
See what he had to say below.
“She’s In A Different Place Now”: Erica Mena Avoids L&HHNY Reunion; Bow Wow Confirms She Quit Show To Be With Him
It’s interesting when people who used to start the most drama on reality TV decide they no longer want to take part in it. Evelyn Lozada made such a decision, Chrissy Lampkin did too, and now, Erica Mena is joining the I-don’t-do-reunions-with-people-I-hate-so-I-quit club.
The future Mrs. Shad Moss first had the chance to come on the show after she tried to trash Kimbella Vanderhee in season two for being what she considered less than a video model. That encounter ended in glasses being thrown and hair being pulled–and Mona Scott-Young realizing that she had to cast Mena on the show.
But as season five comes to an end, Mena decided that she wanted no parts of the reunion because she’s over the drama. A source close to the reality personality claims that because so many people from this season’s cast were brought on because of their issues with her (Chrissy Monroe, Cyn, and reportedly Johnni Blaze), she decided that she didn’t want to deal with that level of negativity and the possible attempts to jump on her. As the source told Bossip:
“A lot of people cast this season were cast because of beef with her. Erica was pretty much sick of the deflecting and the projecting of off[sic] other people’s negativity.
She’s about to be somebody’s wife and she didn’t want to put herself in the type of space where that could happen. She didn’t want to put herself in a place where she has to act negative. She’s in a different place now.”
So instead, Mena reportedly filmed a private reunion interview with Mona Scott-Young in advance and celebrated her son’s birthday in Florida on Tuesday, the day that the reunion with the rest of the cast was filmed.
And Shad Moss (Bow Wow) confirmed that his fiancée has officially parted ways with the show and has other things on her plate. He revealed this while talking to Access Hollywood this week about his new show, “CSI: Cyber.” The rapper and actor films in LA, so Mena is leaving New York behind to be with her boo.
“Well now she’s done, so she’s out here now full-time. She has some great things coming as well. She has HER, her clothing line she’s running. She’s branching that out. She’s doing a lot of big things too and she’s looking forward to the move. She’s actually on the plane on her way here right now.”
But this isn’t a shocker considering that she made it clear that once this season was over, she was done. She told VIBE not too long ago that she wanted to focus on being a wife and mother:
“It’s time to be a wife. It’s time to be the woman my man needs. My man don’t need a girl that’s on TV, my man needs a girl by his side. That’s really what it’s about right now for me. It’s kind of bittersweet, this whole process, especially filming this last season. Even though there’s still the Erica Mena crazy stuff going on, this really is the best season ever for me.”
Bow Wow and Erica Mena’s relationship generally attracts all types of skepticism and hate, but we honestly can’t see how anyone can hate on these beautiful engagement photos that they shot for People magazine. For the shoot, Erica wore a gorgeous lace gown while Bow Wow wore black slacks, white shirt and a bow-tie.
“I let her spearhead the engagement pictures,” the “CSI: Cyber” actor told the magazine. “They say it’s best to just say ‘yea’ to everything!”
Though they initially had plans to get hitched in April, they have since decided to push the ceremony back to June.
“I’ve got images in my head of how it will be,” he said. “I’m excited … What we have is real genuine.”
The former “106 and Park” host went on to say that he’s not only looking forward to being a great husband, but also a good father to both his daughter, Shai, and Erica’s son, King.
“I wanted to be a better man than my father was,” the actor revealed. “This relationship has definitely changed me as a person.”
As for why he decided to settle down, apparently, he just felt like it was the right time.
“The player life is cool, but I don’t want it to define me,” he said. “I’ve done it all, but being on the road, the groupies, you get burnt out.”
“I’ve known Erica for a long, long time,” he continued, “We noticed we had a lot in common and just took it day by day. You know how it goes, you text one day, then start texting every day.”
Considering that it looks like they’re actually going to follow through with getting married, we’re wishing them the best.
Check out more photos from their lovely engagement shoot here.
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Honestly, I’m still waiting to see what’s going to happen with this Erica Mena and Bow Wow engagement. There is quite a bit of skepticism surrounding these two. One minute Erica, (Whenever I say Erica Mena’s name, I always hear Cyn’s whiny voice in my ear.), was with Rich Dollaz, then Cyn Santana and then, seemingly overnight, she was not only dating Bow Wow, the two were engaged to be married.
Life comes at you fast, huh?
We never know how the cookie will crumble in Hollywood relationships, so I’m not going to damn them or their love, I’ll just say it’s interesting.
In this day of social media proclamation, Erica and Bow Wow are forever making their love known all over each other’s social media pages. There are photos of the two in bed together, cute videos with sexual innuendos and gushing comments about who and what they are to each other. And in a recent interview with Rolling Out, the “Love and Hip Hop New York” star opened up about her relationship, talking about how Bow Wow tamed her, what real men like in a woman and what she wants her legacy to be as a woman, wife and mother.
Check out the highlights.
How can she be ready to get married when she was just with Cyn?
People have misconceptions about everyone I’ve dated. Last year, it’s like “oh, all of sudden, she’s gay.” No, I’ve been bisexual. In the past, I’ve been very open and affectionate towards females. It’s definitely no secret. At that point, I was dating a woman and brought her on the show.
How she and Bow fell in love
When that whole “106 & Park” kiss happened, we were both seeing other people and that kiss put us in the doghouse. So we were kind of confiding in each other. I realized that he is a man who really knows me and I’ve never had someone to fully accept me for who I am, flaws and all. I think it just happened naturally with us. We were at that point of really wanting to settle down, but the people that we were with at the time just weren’t fitting us. So it just happened and I discovered that this was the person that I was really supposed to be with.
What does she say to people who think this is a publicity stunt?
I think people are trying to put pieces together in other people’s lives so much that they are not living their own life. Cyn and I have been broken up for a while, I just hadn’t publicly come out about it because I’m on reality television. So to keep you tuned in, I had to keep things under wraps. So in this season of “Love & Hip Hop,” there’s a lot of catching up for the fans to do. And I think they will see how everything transpired and will get a better understanding.
Bow Wow’s sex game
Being with Bow [Wow], he’s so dominating and that just turns me on because I’m usually the dominating one. I’m a Scorpio, so I call the shots. It’s different to have someone that you can finally be submissive to. So dealing with a woman like me, it’s kind of like, ‘can she be tamed?’ It’s all a matter of, are you man enough to tame the woman. And there’s a way to be assertive, but still give that embraceable nature that makes a woman kind of be submissive to you, that’s very powerful. But in order for a man to feel like a man, a woman has to give him the most respect. But in order for the woman to give you that respect, you kind of have to demand it and make her embrace you for what you are doing to her for her to respect you. So it’s a catch-22. I think men are scared of being men these days.
A little Rich Dollaz jab
From my last relationship with ‘B—- Dollaz’ [Rich Dollaz], he was just one of those dudes who would always run home to his mama. You know, it just shows that you’re a punk at that point. And that also goes for respect. You can still be a man and have authority and get your point across without being disrespectful. I think a man should “think like a man.
What do men respect about women?
Men love women who aren’t babies, who don’t nag and you don’t have to stroke their egos. You just kind of have to be sure of yourself. If you feel good, I’m telling you every man in America will know you’re feeling good.
How she wants to be remembered
In my career, I want to be known as the girl who was crazy enough to go for it and brave enough to get it done. In my personal life, I want to be the one who takes care of everybody. And in my marriage, I want to be that wife that my husband can really rely on for everything. I don’t want it to ever get to a point where my husband can’t be honest with me, or that he isn’t sexually into me. As a mom, I want to be that mother that steers her children to be whatever they want to be, but also lets them know that the world will never give them anything. So when they grow up, they can come back and say, “mom, you were right.”
In yet another installment of ‘Things That Make You Go Hmm…,” it seems that two “Love and Hip Hop” stars, from different installments, are getting pretty close. Either that, or someone is hoping for a come-up and is going to desperate measures to get it.
The rumors started flying when Moniece, who is the mother of Lil Fizz’s son, Kameron, went on a couples vacation and tagged Rich Dollaz in one of her photos. Then there was the time when someone congratulated her on Rich allegedly being her man, and she sent back a kiss emoji. And now, there’s actual evidence on Twitter and IG of Moniece pretty much telling anyone who will listen that she’s in like with Rich:
As for Rich, he hasn’t gone to the same lengths to confirm that they are involved. But the pair have been seen out together recently, promoting his drink, 79 Gold, and hanging out:
Definitely an interesting pair if this is all true. But if Rich thought that Erica Mena was a handful, one season of “Love and Hip Hop Hollywood” definitely taught us that Moniece isn’t necessarily cool, calm and collected either. Nevertheless, good luck to them…
A couple of months ago, Bow Wow informed fans that he’s very serious about his engagement to Erica Mena. So much so, that the two have already set a wedding date. Yes, according to the former “106 and Park” host, he will be taking the reality star as his bride in April 2015.
Of course, that’s just around the corner, so it’s no surprise Erica is discussing wedding plans.
According to the VH1 star, she wants an intimate ceremony that reflects the personalities of both herself and her fiancé.
“We’ve definitely set a date and it’s around the corner,” Erica explained to Hip Hollywood. “It’s a lot of work to do, actually. My publicists are dreading me right now.”
As for her vision, Erica had this to say:
“I want it to be strictly friends and family. More importantly, I want us to enjoy the moment so much. I think with every single detail and everything we decide, it’s definitely going to be an us thing. This is a big step in our lives.”
If her previous comments lead you to believe that there’s still a lot she hasn’t done, your guess is correct.
“We don’t really have anything in mind right now, but as we sit down, it’s coming together. It’s going to be an intimate affair.”
From the sounds of it, she’s hoping it will be a star-studded event, but we’re not really sure how that’s going to coincide with her vision for an intimate ceremony.
“Thankfully, he has a lot of celebrity friends stuff so I’m sure my wedding party will be quite interesting.”
Oh yeah, she made it clear that her ex-bae Rich Dollaz is not on the invite list, which is probably a good thing.