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During this season of “Love & Hip Hop Atlanta,” multiple cast members claimed to have dirt on Benzino’s new fiancée, Althea Heart. Now, it appears that several skeletons from her closet are taking center stage. Yesterday, we told you that Stevie J leaked a photo of a nude Althea posing in a bathtub apparently preparing to give a man, who she later identified as Benzino, fellatio. Shortly after releasing the photos, Stevie expressed that there would be more photos to come. He even mentioned Benzino on Instagram, saying:
“Just chill bro. I’m going to show you a p—y soon. #patience.”
Althea took a screenshot of an exchange between Benzino and Stevie, where he accused Joseline of sleeping with several other men, and posted it to Instagram in response to the photo leak.
However, if she’s planning on lashing out each time a new image leaks, then she her work cut out for her. Baller Alert recently received some photos from an “anonymous” source and things aren’t looking so good for Althea. In one photo, she can be seen posing completely nude while bent over a kitchen counter.
And then, there’s the sex tape. The sender was sure to specify that the man in the video is not her current fiancé, Benzino. It’s currently unclear if Stevie is behind the video leak, but we wouldn’t be surprised to learn that he’s the culprit. As you may recall, Benzino took to social media to defend Althea against fans who were blasting her for her alleged promiscuous past. It’ll be interesting to see if he continues to stand by her with these recent developments.
You can find the NSFW video and the uncensored photos here.
Just when we thought “Love and Hip Hop Atlanta” couldn’t get any messier. Recent reports claim that Mimi Faust’s new man and sex tape co star Nikko Smith may already have a wife. While she was defending homeboy initially, when a fan asked her a couple of weeks ago whether or not she felt Nikko was an opportunist, Mimi said the verdict is still out.
Judging from what we’ve seen on screen, (Nikko being downright giddy about the sex tape.) we’d say the judge has already ruled on this case.
And as if Nikko needed any more evidence stacked against him, now rumors are starting to circulate that the reality tv star is already married.
If the rumors are true, and it seems that they are, Mimi claims she knew nothing about Nikko being married before they started dating…and you know releasing sex tapes. After denying a series of gossip items like buying Nikko a car, being pregnant etc., Shanae Hall asked Mimi if there was any truth to the rumor of Nikko being married. And she got quiet, sighing heavily. Then Shanae said, well if it’s true, please tell me you didn’t know. To which Mimi responded:
“I didn’t know anything. I don’t know anything about anything. I want you guys to keep watching ‘Love and Hip Hop’ Monday nights at 8 o’clock please.”
From the interview it sounds like it is so but Mimi can’t speak on it because Mona runs a tight ship. Either way, we’ll be sure to keep you posted.
We always knew Nikko was foul…but married?! Yuck. Even still the season was filmed a while ago and Mimi has been seen with Nikko on several occasions since shooting wrapped. So if dude really is married, it seems like she’s cool with it. They are still together… Mimi, as much as she likes to act like she’s above it all, always manages to find herself in some mess.
It’s pretty much par for the course that when one relationship ends, inevitably, both parties start speaking negatively about one another. Us regular folks may do it with our girlfriends or, God forbid, on social media. But when you’re a reality television star all that word vomit comes out in interviews. And to be fair, it’s mostly the fault of the journalists and media members who ask some pretty invasive questions. But as we learned from our own chat with Mimi, she’s not squeamish about the tough questions. Nothing is off the table for her.
And that certainly was the case when she sat down with Futra Media Group. Mimi told the interviewer, she could ask her anything and she certainly took her up on that offer.
Things started off innocently enough when the woman asked Mimi how she and Nikko met. She said that the two met years ago in LA and then they met again last year at the Video Music Awards. But the conversation got juicy when Mimi started to explain what she likes about Nikko. “He’s completely different from what I was dealing with. Completely. In every aspect.”
Then jumping right in, the interviewer asked Mimi, of the two men, who has the biggest penis. Mimi kept it real saying “…they are both well endowed. I’ve been very fortunate in that department. I’ve been very lucky.”
And even though the equipment is similar, she prefers Nikko’s approach to Stevie’s because her ex and father of her child was a little too rude in the sheets.
“He’s very vulgar and to me, for my liking I don’t know if some other women might like this, but he talks to much and is too rude in the bed. I don’t like to be called a b*tch, hoe and a slut every time I have sex. I don’t enjoy that. He’s like ‘You f***ing whore! You slut!’ I can’t.’ Just shut up, you’re drying everything up down there.”
I mean I know some women are into that. But I’d argue that most aren’t. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, Stevie J has some unresolved mommy issues. The psychiatrist on the show brought that out on the show when both Stevie and Mimi revealed they pretty much grew up motherless. Dude doesn’t respect women. And I’m not just talking about the dirty talk during sex. The way he lives his life is a testament to that. I just cannot, for the life of me, understand why Mimi dealt with this man for so long.
You can watch Mimi’s interview, in the video below.
“Girls Look Up To Me” LHHATL’s Ariane Davis Talks Tiring Of Reality Tv, Maintaing Mystery & Mimi’s Sex Tape
It’s a generally understood fact that the cast of “Love and Hip Hop Atlanta” have very little act right. Though occasionally, we’ll find exceptions. Enter, Ariane Davis. If you’ve noticed, she keeps a pretty low profile on the show. She’s the friend who provides the necessary side eyes whenever Mimi starts waxing poetic about her
strange relationship with Nikko. Who hasn’t been in that position, listening to your girl go on and on about a man everyone else knows isn’t right for her?
What I’m saying is, if we can relate to anyone on the show, it’s Ariane. For the most part, she’s kept her nose clean. The one little bit of juice she ever had associated with her name is her sexuality. Davis is bisexual and last season, she announced that she was seeing a woman. But unlike other lesbian relationships on reality television, Ariane’s seems sincere. And I say sincere because she hasn’t flaunted it and she’s not using it to get more camera time on “LHHATL.” (Looking at you Erica Mena.)
And just because Ariane is currently staring on a reality tv show, don’t think that she doesn’t know how audiences are tiring of them. It won’t hurt her to say this. Davis seems to be clear about the fact that reality tv is a steppingstone into other avenues, not a place for her to rest her hat. And in an interview with Rolling Out, Ariane explained her approach to appearing on camera, why it’s important not to put all of your business out there, why Mimi’s sex tape won’t ruin their friendship and why she’s keeping her relationship out of the public eye.
Why people are losing interest in reality tv shows?
“I think that it has a lot to do with people’s storylines and it not seeming as real as it was before. Things just don’t seem authentic to people anymore. And I can see why people would feel that way. I absolutely feel like oversaturation [also] has a lot to do with why people are losing attention. Nobody wants to continuously see the same thing. It’s cool at first, but you get tired and you don’t give people anything to look forward to.”
“This is why I am taking my time with really letting people get to know who Ariane is. I’m not pushing myself on people or forcing anything on people. Everything that I’m doing and how I’m marking my territory in this reality world, I’m doing it strategically and how I wanna do it. That’s what people really love about me. There’s still a mysteriousness to me and a lot of people don’t have that mystery anymore.”
On why Mimi’s sex tape won’t end their friendship
“No judgment toward my friend, everybody knows I really don’t care for Nikko [but] I’ve accepted her happiness. She says she’s happy. As far as the tape goes, I still have my reservations about it. But it’s here now. It’s out there. She has to live with it. I support her as a friend. I don’t condone what happened. I don’t know if it was a mistake or if it was purposely done. My thoughts stay the same. I feel like it was definitely given to Vivid and I’m sticking to that. That’s just how I feel. But as far as Mimi goes, I feel like we all make lousy decisions sometimes and I feel like this is her one. One huge one. I hope she can make the best out of a not-so-positive situation, so to speak. I hope she can come out on top of this.”
My relationship with Mimi is not new and it’s been over 10 years that we’ve been friends,” says Davis. “I wholeheartedly know her outside of TV and outside of the aggression that everybody else sees. I know Oluremi Faust. And she’s really like my sister. I don’t think a situation like this or anything else can change how I feel about her. Of course, I have some say in how I feel about something. That doesn’t mean I’m going to turn my back on her. Never that. It can be extremely hard to maintain friendships and relationships if you don’t have that control and balance. That’s something I try to keep: control, balance, patience and no judgment. I think that helps me a lot.
Protecting her relationship
My personal relationship won’t be happening on ‘Love & Hip Hop,’ ” she declares. “My personal drama with my significant other, if I have any, is mine. It’s not for anybody to see. If I have any personal drama, that’s my s—. It’s not to be shared with the world like that. I maintain my healthy relationships with privacy, control patience, balance and love.”
The love she gets from fans
“I get all the love in the world,” she says in regards to the public reaction. “I don’t get a lot of negative feedback at all. … People admire me even more now. Because I am so open with who I am. I don’t hide behind anything and I’m not running from myself or trying to please this person. I’m a real person. I’m not a robot. I live my life for me and not for what others think. But it feels really good to know that people recognize real people and embrace it. Girls look up to me — even if they’re not in the LGBT community. They still admire who I am. I’m still a lady and I carry myself like a lady. My sexuality doesn’t define me. I still am Ariane — I just have a girlfriend.”
“The homophobia is real. When I meet people who seem to be homophobic, they’re usually the ones who are into same sex, undercover.”
You can read the rest of Ariane’s interview, where she talks about bisexuality being a fad and what she regrets about her time on reality tv. here.
What do you think about the thoughts Ariane expressed in this interview and her portrayal on the show? Do you think she’s a type of role model for the way women can and should behave on television?
Last week, we told you that “Love & Hip Hop Atlanta” freshman Waka Flocka Flame secretly married his longtime girlfriend and co-star, Tammy Rivera. And for a little bit, it seemed like their decision to do away with a big fancy wedding and simply elope inspired another couple on the show.
A few days ago, Benzino shared a photo of himself in a white suit and his fiancée, Althea Heart, rocking a white wedding dress. They appeared to be in some sort of wedding chapel and all signs seemed to point to an elopement. In no time, secret wedding rumors began to swirl.
However, as it turns out, the two were just preparing to shoot a scene for Althea’s new music video “Ghetto Love.” Benzino cleared up the rumors yesterday by sharing a video collage of images from the video shoot, including the shot of Althea in the wedding dress. I guess it will be a little longer before Benzino and Althea say “I do.”
Are you feeling Zino and Thi Thi as a couple so far?
“You Have A Whole Lot Of Skeletons Up In Your Closet, Sir”: Mimi Faust On Steve Harvey’s Criticism Of Her Sex Tape, And Stevie J’s Threats
Mimi Faust has had a rocky past month or two. That sex tape got out and the criticism poured in from everyday folks, Steve Harey of all people, and many of her co-stars. She’s been followed my TMZ photogs. She just lost her father. And if that wasn’t enough, she was threatened by Love and Hip Hop Atlanta co-star, Stevie J. Talk about a rocky start to 2014.
We caught up with Faust this morning to talk about moving on from her grief after losing her father whom she had been close with since meeting him when she was 16 (“We were just frick and frack [laughs]“). We also talked about those ugly statements from Stevie J after her dad’s passing (Bang Bang!! Your dad ain’t gonna be the only one. Karma is a b***h!), that sex tape, if Nikko is a user, why she’s not really feeling Love and Hip Hop Atlanta anymore, and how she deals with the heavy criticism from people, including Steve Harvey.
On Stevie J’s Comments After The Death Of Her Father:
“You know, he never ceases to amaze me with the stuff that he does. The day before I was on the radio, V-103 here in Atlanta, and they asked me about him taking care of his kids. I told the truth, and I think he got mad. So the day of my father’s passing, he sent me that text message. To this day he hasn’t apologized. He has not said ‘I’m sorry for your loss,’ he hasn’t said anything. I don’t even know who he is anymore. I have no idea who that person is. I really don’t. It blows my mind.”
Why She Hasn’t Been Watching This Season Of LHHATL:
“I’m a little indifferent. When you film, you think it’s one way, once it gets edited and you see it, it’s something completely different from what you thought. Honestly, I think we’re going on episode four–I haven’t really watched. It will just make me mad. It’s been that way since the beginning so I’m used to that. They keep you kind of in this box where they want you to be. It takes all different types of characters and people to run the machine of Love and Hip Hop. You have to have a villain, you have to have the stupid girl, you have to have the naive one, you have to have the bad girl. I get it, but am I doing cartwheels about it? No [laughs]. I mean, at this point, it’s a job and I look at it as such. So if the rest of the world wants to watch five or six minutes and judge my whole life and me as a person on five or six minutes that they see on a television show, then that’s there ignorance and there’s NOTHING I can do about that. I’m going to keep doing what I do, they can keep doing what they do, and it’s not going to make a damn bit of difference.
K. Michelle, Stevie J. And Joseline’s Response To Her Sex Tape
“First things first: K. Michelle and I are not friends. K. Michelle is a very messy girl and she likes the attention to be on her so whatever opportunity K. Michelle gets to have the attention on her, she takes it, grabs it and runs with it. K Michelle does not pay my bills. K. Michelle has no idea what really happened, so for her to comment on something she knows nothing about, again, is ignorant. If K. Michelle would like to sit down and ask me so she can be clear, she’s welcome to do that and she has my number and she hasn’t done it yet. So that’s her running her mouth, so I really don’t give a damn about what K. Michelle has to say about anything I do.
I want to be clear on Stevie J: He left his family for a known prostitute and stripper and “wifed her up,” so anything I do in my relationship with the person I’m with now, after you left me, should be none of your business. Don’t worry about anything I’m doing in my life. You’re not with me, I’m not with you. You’re “married.” Worry about your wife.
And Joseline Hernandez has no right to open her mouth and say anything about me. I’m trying to figure out why she’s upset or mad. I’m not with her man, I’m with my man. So why are you commenting on anything I’m doing with a completely different person. You took my man and this and that, and everything she kept saying last season. She has the big house and husband, why do you care about what I’m doing? The only thing I could figure out is that she puts her private parts on WorldStar for free. Maybe she’s mad about that. I’m not putting anything out there for free. Once I realized that my tape was out there and those people, Vivid, contacted me, I sat down and I did business. That tape was going to run around the world for free, and I would be damned if it did that and I didn’t profit off of it. I was smart about mine. Don’t get me wrong, if I was your average person and was not on television, I probably, 9 times out 10, would not have made a deal with Vivid. But because I’m on reality TV and I am a public personality, do you know how far that tape would have been on every website? It would have been everywhere, like hers was. But I said no, if this is going to be out there, I might as well get something from it. That’s what we did. Period.”
About The Tape:
“This tape was leaked out. This was something we did in the privacy of our own home and that’s what we like to do. I didn’t make a mistake. I’m not making excuses for anything I did. I made love to my man. We filmed it. It got out. The only thing I did was I decided once it got out to make a business decision. I’m going to be taking care of my daughter, so I don’t know what anybody is talking about saying I made a mistake.”
Steve Harvey’s Criticism Of Her Decision:
“First and foremost, Steve Harvey is doing his job. If he didn’t sit and talk about the hottest thing that was going on, he wouldn’t be doing his job. So I’m going to commend Steve Harvey for even sitting down and taking the time to discuss little ol’ me all over his nationally syndicated TV and radio. Thank you, Steve!
Steve Harvey has no idea what happened, and why I made the decision I made. I didn’t make the decision just for me. I think I would be a fool if this tape was coming out and my daughter was seeing it and I couldn’t do anything with it and it’s just all over everywhere for free. At least I will be able to take care of my child, in some form or fashion, and pay my bills. Stevie J does not help me with Eva, at all. Once again, I did not make a mistake, I did not make a foolish decision. This wasn’t something that I said, ‘Okay, let’s just do this.’ I had to think about this long and hard, trust and believe, before I decided to do what I did, as far as doing business with Vivid. Steve Harvey can not throw stones, because you’re not a perfect man. We’re not going to go there. You have a whole lot of skeletons up in your closet, sir. Please….”
Explaining Her Sex Tape To Eva When She Gets Older:
“I will explain everything to her. I will explain to her how it happened. I will explain to her why I made the decision to do what I did when she comes to me. I will sit her down and let her know, just like I’ll have to sit her down and explain why she has to go to high school and there are kids stabbing up kids and shooting kids in class. There are a whole lot of worse things in this world that I will have to explain to my daughter than mommy and her boyfriend making love.”
People Saying Nikko Is A User:
“They don’t know Nikko. Love and Hip Hop will only show Nikko for two minutes. So you’re getting two, three minutes of a 24-hour day of a two-hour taping that they edit, and everybody is making judgment upon that. If I felt that Nikko was a user, I wouldn’t be with Nikko. We’re still together to this day.”
If They Plan To Marry Soon:
“I’ve never been the ‘Oh my God, I’ve got to get married, I’m 35 I have to get married’ type of girl. If the time is right and that’s what we want to do, that’s what we’re going to do. But that’s not where I’m at right now, and neither is he.”
Secret To The Shower Rod:
“[Laughs] The secret is that your partner has to be able to support your weight. I wasn’t just holding on to that bar, swinging from the shower rod by myself, he was holding me up. So ladies, please don’t go and hold on to that rod by yourself and start swinging because you’re going to fall, you’re going to break your neck, you’re going to hurt your back, it’s not going to be a good situation [laughs]. Your man has to be able to support your weight and hold you up. Nikko works out three times a day. Very, very strong. So that’s the secret.”
Dealing With The Negativity:
“I know who I am. What someone else has to say about me who has no idea about who I am, I have to laugh at it. It’s assinine. It’s ludicrous.
In the beginning, I was criticized for being so stupid. ‘You’re so stupid.’ ‘You’re a doormat.’ ‘You’re an idiot.’ ‘You’re a fool.’ That to me was bizarre as well. These people are acting like I’m the only person, man or woman, in the world, who has ever been cheated on. And I’m like, are you kidding me? ‘How could you let Stevie J cheat on you?’ I let him cheat on me? I know who I am and that’s the bottom line.
I would post things about my father, and I have people commenting on my father with the most horrible things you can imagine. I have people calling my daughter, my 4-year-old, a slut. It really shows me how much of the world is really screwed up. When I see people in the street, I’ve never had one person, not one, even to date, come up to me and say something negative to my face. If I’m out in public, I bet you they’ll ask me for a picture talking about ‘I love you Mimi! I love you, girl.’ And I kind of laugh at that too. I bet you won’t say it to my face, and they don’t.”
For nearly two years, Love and Hip-Hop Atlanta has brought us the rachet drama we can’t help but love and loathe. To celebrate the show’s third season (which kicked off last week) we’re taking a look back at 15 of the biggest scandals to come out of the Atlanta franchise… so far.
Mimi and Nikko’s Sex Tape
Last month Mimi and Nikko devised a whole new use for shower rods in a sex tape salaciously titled Mimi and Nikko: Scandal in Atlanta.
This week on Love & Hip-Hop Rasheeda talked about being in a relationship with her estranged husband, Kirk, for 17 years. That seemed like an awfully long time looking at the youthful new mother and rapper, but this throwback pic of the two rocking Karl Kani and Tommy together is all the proof we need that the pair has been an item for nearly two decades.
Rasheeda’s Instagram fan page posted the #TBT photo above under the @rasheeda_bosschick username and when I saw the pic it was just too good not to share. The pre- Mr. and Mrs. Frost look so cute together in what I assume was their late teens or early 20s hanging out together young and in love. So far, neither half has endorsed the photo with a retweet, but we wonder if they saw the photo would it help them get back to better times when they were deeply in love and committed to one another. Ooops, almost forgot Rasheeda’s still doing her part so perhaps Kirk is the only one who needs to see this. Feel free to Tweet him and pass the love along.
Mimi had a rough childhood to say the least. If you’ve watched “Love and Hip Hop Atlanta,” you know that she ran away from her mother at the age of 13 after she converted to Scientology and Mimi didn’t feel comfortable following the new rules. During this time, she was estranged from her father but reunited with him at the age of 26.
Sadly, today Mimi wrote a small tribute to her father on Instagram, letting her followers know that he had passed away.
We’re certainly sorry to hear this. Losing a parent is hard for anyone, but particularly so when you didn’t have the best relationship. We definitely send our condolences out to Mimi.
Then, just as I was reflecting on her loss, wondering how she would take all of this, I go to her Twitter page and see there is some major drama going on with her and Stevie J. Just a few minutes ago, she posted this picture of a text message she received from someone she has listed as “Sperm Donor,” presumably Stevie J. It’s quite disturbing, even coming from Stevie.
She captioned the photo:
All of this because of a truthful radio interview I did about @hitmansteviej_1 not taking care of his daughter. Be careful who y’all praise. Don’t let the cameras fool you!! #TheDevilIsALiar
Whoa. Trust and believe, no one is out here praising Stevie J. We’ve always known he was an unscrupulous character. But this text message, is far more low down than we could have ever imagined…even coming from someone like him. It’s really hard to fathom, more less explain.
Apparently, folks on Twitter were trying to rationalize the text, attempting to point a finger at Mimi insinuating that since she made a sex tape and wasn’t perfect in the relationship, she somehow deserved this. Crazy, I know. Mimi responded:
We both made mistakes, ABSOLUTELY!! But if y’all think that text was appropriate on a day like this u should judge yourself b4 judging me!!
— Mimi Faust (@MimiFaust) May 8, 2014
We’re not particularly fans of either Stevie J or Mimi but wrong is wrong and honestly, I don’t even know how the sex tape or her parenting skills are relevant to the fact that she lost her father today and Eva, the daughter they share, lost her grandfather. And instead of Stevie J showing a shred of decency, he sends this message? What part of the game is that? How is today, or any day really, the time to threaten a life? I don’t know what the hell is going on with these two but it might not be a bad idea for them to step away from the cameras and the fame and get their lives all the way right… This is getting out of hand.
Even though the fights may be behind Love and Hip Hop Atlanta’s high ratings, producers may have had enough. TMZ reports that the show’s producers have decided to increase the security during shoots to not only protect the cast against each other, but from civilians as well.
There will allegedly be one security guard for each cast mate and apparently they hit the ground running keeping cast members Lil’ Scrappy and new cast member, Erica Pinkett from killing each other earlier this week. Pinkett allegedly threw wine in the rapper’s face during an argument.
One cast member commented on security’s performance saying:
“That s*** gets ratchet and now the bodyguards shutting that s*** down.”
Well as viewers familiar with the show probably already know, security will have plenty to keep them busy. In February, a free for all erupted when the cast attended an opening of a restaurant. The fight was said to be started by a girlfriend of fan favorite Joseline Hernandez and resulted in Karlie Redd being knocked out and Momma Dee being hit in the face with a bottle.
In a previous season of the show Lil’ Scrappy put them paws on Stevie J. after word spread that he disrespected the mother of his child, Erica Dixon.
There was an altercation between singer, K. Michelle and rapper, Rasheeda at one point in which a candle gets thrown at Rasheeda before security shuts the catfight down.
It makes us wonder: Will Love & Hop Atlanta be the same without drama and trash talk escalating into cliffhanger altercations? Or will the show actually focus on finding some solutions and more compromise between the cast members? Either way, it appears with security in full force, cast members may have to find other ways of working out their problems that don’t involve bruised knuckles, bloodshed and battered weave.
Do you think the show will be better without all of the fighting?