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We told you last week that Toya Wright was out here giving estranged husband Mickey “Memphitz” Wright eight days out of the year where he could go and do just about anything, and anybody. And despite knowing that such scandalous information was going to be shared on national television via Bravo’s new series Untying the Knot, the heat must have grown a little too hot in the kitchen, because Toya went on the radio to explain herself.
When the news of her controversial episode hit the Internet, Toya was pretty defiant against criticism, basically saying that people don’t really know her life–and that many put up with far worse for far less. But after the episode aired on Sunday, Toya claimed that producers cut her full response to Memphitz’s revelation about his eight hall passes. And she took to Twitter to let folks know that she wasn’t happy about it.
Feeling some type of way about the editing (per her words: “when they edit out what you really said”), Wright visited the Rickey Smiley Morning Show to set the record straight. So what’s up with their relationship and the hall passes?
Well, Toya and Memphitz are in the process of getting a divorce. They’ve been separated for almost nine months, and, unfortunately, “we’re moving in two different directions.”
They’ve been moving in those opposing directions for quite some time. Hence the reason for the hall passes–according to Toya:
“As far as the hall pass thing goes, I felt like I was already at the friend zone with Mickey. We were moving in two totally different directions, so go ‘head! Do what you do. That’s what you wanna do. Because guess what? My focus is on my businesses, and my No. 1 priority is my daughter. You can’t get it together and it’s so much going on, I’m not about to be bothered with that. And let me set the record straight: That stuff never came about when things was all good.”
To sum things up, Toya made it clear, in the third person, that “She’s not trying to keep no man that don’t want to be with her.”
As for one of the things that left their relationship in such a strain, Toya reiterated that Memphitz was pressed for years about the fact that he didn’t get to “defend himself” against abuse allegations coming from K. Michelle on Love and Hip Hop Atlanta.
“I really didn’t think it was a good look…I felt like that would be going backwards to go on the show and go back and forth with your ex. He has been holding that over my head. He blames me for it.”
As for that ex, K. Michelle has been sitting in the audience, like the rest of us, watching Memphitz’s shenanigans play out in front of and behind the camera. Clearly, she finds it comical because she posted this on Twitter on Sunday.
And she followed it up on Instagram with this message to the ladies, telling them to know their worth as she shared her testimony.
I don’t really have a response to all this because I don’t want to kick Toya while she’s down, nor do I want to talk crazy about K. Michelle (as the adage goes, if you don’t have anything nice to say, you have to shut that mouth…). But what do you make of all this?
I almost set this post up as a serious question, would you give your man a hall pass to cheat?, but I figured that answer would be met with a resounding “hell no!” so I thought it best to just tell you about a woman who would. Her name is Toya Wright and she’s married to Mickey Wright, aka Memphitz, and they’re currently having relationship issues because… hall pass.
The deal is Toya gives her husband of four years eight days per year to do whatever he wants, no questions asked. We actually have about 27 questions to ask about this whole set up, like why 8? why him? where they do that at? and girl what?! But we guess we’ll have to wait until the debut episode of Untying The Knot which airs this Sunday at 10 pm on Bravo to get to the bottom of their mess.
One thing we know for sure is whatever infidelity Toya appeared to be trying to avoid with the the eight-day hall pass doesn’t appear to be working, as she came across some very suspicious photos of half-dressed women on a $10,000 camera she bought her husband when he claimed he wanted to get into photography. Thus far, all he’s gotten into is bed with other women for a photo shoot he describes as some sort of creepy Peeping Tom fantasy which I must admit doesn’t really help his case.
Watch the episode preview below and try to figure out for yourselves why Toya, seemingly a smart girl, would fall for this okie doke. I believe my coworker said it best when she declared this is what happens when you try to be your man’s friend. I concur.
Oh and one more fun fact: she’s not allowed to step out at all.
When Toya Wright and Memphitz wed back in 2011 and shared their picture perfect wedding ceremony with the world, we all just knew they’d be together forever–the chemistry between the two read lifetime lovers.
However, in nearly four years their enviable relationship turned from sugar to sh*t as the martial bliss they once shared ultimately became marital woes, resulting in the two separating. Just earlier this year in February, Wright sat with Necole Bitchie for an exclusive interview that not only confirmed but also explained the reason behind their parting. Surprisingly, the accusations of abuse towards ex-girlfriend K. Michelle took a toll on both Memphitz career and marriage to Toya, which she had denied bothered her in the past.
Since the announcement of their separation the two have not be in contact, as far as we know. However, earlier this week, the two were spotted together. They were at popular Los Angeles restaurant Crustaceans having what looked like a couples dinner with another estranged couple, former Basketball Wives L.A. cast member Brittish Williams and her ex-fiancè, European basketball star, Lorenzo Gordon.
Toya nor Memphitz have spoken further about the status of their relationship, but from the looks of it they might possibly be trying to patch things ups.
The warrant stems from the Thursday incident in which Wright was accused of pulling out a gun on Johns Creek car wash employee Harold Huntley, who he believed stole marijuana from his vehicle. It also also alleged that he stormed away from the scene with Huntley’s cell phone.
“He comes back and is like, ‘You stole my weed, you stole my weed.’ I was like, ‘Nah, man,’ and then he pulled a gun out on me and was like, ‘It’s gonna be your life or it’s gonna be my weed,’” Huntley told reporters.
As previously reported, the frightening exchange was captured by car wash surveillance cameras. Wright was booked on charges of aggravated assault and armed robbery. As of Wednesday, the estranged husband of Toya Wright was being held without bond.
It looks like Toya might have been telling the truth when she said that her husband Memphitz Wright was having some mental challenges.
According to the Atlanta Journal Constitution, police are searching for Mickey “Memphitz” Wright and have issued warrants for his arrest. On Friday evening, the former music executive and reality tv star, was accused of pulling a gun on car wash employee who he accused of stealing his weed.
The accusations become a little more believable considering there is surveillance video documenting most of the tense and threatening interaction.
Memphitz had his jeep cleaned Thursday afternoon and according to Harold Huntley, the car wash employee, when he took Memphitz’ car, he smelled marijuana. When he returned the car, Memphitz accused the employee of stealing his weed.
He told reporters, “He comes back and is like, ‘You stole my weed, you stole my weed.’ I was like, ‘Nah, man,’ and then he pulled a gun out on me and was like, ‘It’s gonna be your life or it’s gonna be my weed,’”
Huntley called the police and that’s when Memphitz snatched his phone and ran off.
“He was like, ‘Man give me the phone, give me the phone. What’s it gonna be? Your lit or your phone? Is it really that important?”
Felony arrest warrants have been issued for armed robbery and aggravated assault for Wright.
Police later found the jeep, the handgun and the stolen phone a few miles from the car wash. But Wright was no longer with the items.
They believe he called someone to pick him up.
You can watch the exchange in the video below.
And though he’s a wanted man, Fameolous_ discovered that Memphitz is still very much connected and in the know. He was caught liking a couple photos on the gram over the weekend.
After all those people were riding for Memphitz, swearing he would never, I know K. Michelle is somewhere shaking her head.
“That man beat my ass.” Most of us remember the episode of “Love and Hip Hop Atlanta,” quite well. The tears K. Michelle shed when she told Rasheeda about the abuse she endured at the hands of her ex-boyfriend were unforgettable. The tears were in response to Rasheeda, who with the straightest of faces, told K. Michelle that the story she had just shared with her probably didn’t happen.
At the time, we didn’t know who “that man” was. But people starting putting the puzzle pieces together and were able to surmise that she was talking about record-producer Memphitz. And it wasn’t long before he came forward, denying K. Michelle’s claims, attempting to tear down her credibility in the process.
The “Love and Hip Hop Atlanta” scene with Rasheeda was hard to watch. One, because K. Michelle was reliving a real hurt. But mostly because Rasheeda, her castmate, another woman, should have been able to listen supportively. Even if in knowing Memphitz, she had reason to doubt her accusations, telling K. Michelle that she was lying was just not the right move.
Sadly, Rasheeda wasn’t the first or the last woman to tell K. Michelle they believed she was lying about the whole ordeal.
After her, there was Toya Wright, Memphitz’s current [estranged] wife. She quickly grew tired of hearing K. Michelle talk about her family and had some less than pleasant things to say about the singer turned reality star. After K. Michelle appeared on Wendy Williams talking about the abuse from Memphitz, Toya commented on Instagram saying “fuck K.” Then in an interview with The Jasmine Brand, Toya blasted K. Michelle for not having any proof of her allegations against Memphitz.
“If somebody abuse you like that, where is the proof, where is the police report, where is the pictures, where is the messages that you said he sent threats to your kid and threatened to kill your child?…It don’t matter about love, you would be in jail if you threaten my kid…And she’s saying that I said all this stuff about her, pull it up, where is it?”
Then she took it a step further:
“Anybody that knows him for real just be like ‘what is wrong with this girl?’ And the crazy part about it is everybody say that you crazy and you hit them. You the abuser.”
Then Tamar, Toya and Memphitz’s friend, jumped into the mix. Subtweeting K. Michelle, but @ mentioning Toya, telling her to ignore the haters and enjoy her marriage. She’s also called K. Michelle a liar flat out, instructing her via Twitter, that it was time to tell the truth.
But this weekend, when Memphitz’s defamation suit was thrown out, it seemed that K. Michelle finally received public vindication.
After a years-long battle, during his deposition, while he was under oath, Memphitz finally admitted that not only did he smother K. Michelle with a pillow but also that he threatened to kill her son. Sounds pretty abusive to me.
And now that the truth has come from Memphitz’s own lips, I wonder how all the women who rode for him are feeling these days. Perhaps, quite salty.
I doubt that this will ever happen, but it really wouldn’t be a bad idea for Rasheeda, Toya, and Tamar to issue an apology to K. Michelle. Each of these women went out of their way to drag K’s name through the mud when she was telling the truth the whole time.
It’s incredibly mind boggling that Memphitz would attack K. Michelle for years in interviews, over social media and through others, only to eventually acknowledge that he did what she said he did. What was it all for? Surely, he didn’t go through all of this just to get attention. Either way, I’m sure homeboy is looking a bit unrecognizable to quite a few people right now. And perhaps this is the man K. Michelle knew all along.
I can understand that each of these ladies had other reasons to dislike K. Michelle. Hell, she’s not exactly my favorite either, but an apology is in order.
The notion that these ladies should apologize is not one I came up with on my own. The Shade Room reports that a mutual friend of Toya, Tamar and Tiny, Sabrina, who owns a business women-empowerment business called The Glam University, wrote an Instagram comment, saying the women treated K. Michelle horribly throughout this whole ordeal.
I agree with Sabrina not only because they called her everything but a child of God; but also because in claiming that she was lying and denying her right to tell her story, they also showed other women, who may share a similar experience, how their stories will be received if they decide to share. That unknown woman, perhaps with a smaller platform than K. Michelle’s, will be told she’s a liar, people will try to silence her and her character will be attacked.
Outside of the far off land called celebrity, we regular folk can all learn something from this. Just because you dislike a woman, even if you have good reason to, doesn’t mean she should not be allowed to speak her truth, without ridicule and degradation. As fellow women, sisters in the struggle against misogyny, we shouldn’t be so quick to dismiss stories of abuse, especially when it could be, and in the case of Tamar, has been one of us.
Memphitz has officially lost his defamation case against the VH1 and K. Michelle. Memphitz sued VH1 in 2012 after K Michelle accused him of physical abuse and embezzlement on the show. The accusations started a huge beef between the two and Memphitz’ friends.
According to the Atlanta Journal,
In the lawsuit filed in the United States Northern District of Georgia on Sept. 5, 2012, Wright asked for $15 million in compensatory damages and $50 million in punitive damages.
To win the defamation case, Wright had to prove K Michelle’s allegations that he physically abused her were false, that he is more a private figure than a public figure (where the bar is far higher to prove defamation and “actual malice” has to be proven) and that the production companies and VH1 aired this information knowing it was false. He also had to prove the allegations were “injurious to his reputation and was published with a degree of fault at least amounting to negligence.”
The Fulton County judge Robert McBurney decided in favor of the defendants. In general, the allegations were true, Wright is deemed a public figure as a former TV host and husband of singer and reality star Toya Wright and the production company “exercised due diligence concerning Defendant Pate’s domestic violence claims,” according to final court judgment. “The record shows that they reasonably believed Defendant Pate during production of LHHA and that they still do today.”
Wright in depositions acknowledged he got into a physical altercation with K Michelle in a Memphis hotel altercation in 2009 and had spent money from Jive Record’s budget for jewelry, not to help her career, and had sent a text message threatening to kill K. Michelle’s son. That content of the text was bleeped out on the show, negating its import in the case.
The summary judgment goes into detail about the argument between K Michelle and Wright where Wright admits he put a pillow and/or his hands over her mouth to try to shut her up. She reasonably thought he was trying to kill her. He later tried to backtrack from his initial acknowledgments, according to a court filing by the defendants seeking summary judgment.
Although K Michelle wasn’t a defendant in the original case, she was added later. The other defendants are Viacom, which owns VH1 and the production companies NFGTV and Monami Entertainment.
The judge was also displeased that it took several months for Wright to specify what was defamatory, noting that the delays “consumed the resources of the Court and Defendants and ultimately required an order of the Court to fix.”
Wow. That’s definitely a mouthful of information. It seems like the case has been going on for FOREVER. Thankfully it is now over and everyone can move on. I can now officially side eye everyone calling K Michelle a liar.
Ooo wee. If we thought Toya was going to take the high road during this separation between she and her husband Memphitz, we might have been mistaken. In promotion for Reginae’s episode of “Super Sweet Sixteen,” she stopped by the “Wendy Williams Show.” And since her personal life is really juicy these days, she also talked about her marriage and how she’s handling things.
And child, she kept her cool for most of it but there was some drama. Check out the highlights from the interview below.
Do you think the party was too extravagant?
Reginae is a great child and it’s her sixteenth birthday. Everybody do it big for their kids’ sixteenth birthday party…if they can. If you can go all out, go all out.
What do you think about Wayne and Christina Milian?
I don’t think about that.
Then Wendy got right into the state of her relationship with Memphitz.
Why are you separated?
My husband started to feel like he was living in my shadow. When I met him he was a big music executive. He discovered talent like T Pain, K Michelle, all different types of artists. And to go from begin a music executive to being known as Lil Wayne’s ex wife’s husband…it just started to take a toll on him.
What happened to his career?
He started mixing business with pleasure. He got into a relationship with his artist, K Michelle and it was a lot of allegations that he beat her and stuff like that. The person that you see right now, that’s a person who’s dealing with a lot of hurt and pain and that’s just how he’s choosing to deal with it.
Have her allegations affected your marriage?
I wouldn’t say she affected my marriage. This is how I feel about the whole situation, there’s three sides to every story: her side, his side and the truth. And to be honest with you, no one knows the truth only the people in that room. And you know, we’re all going off the information that we believe to be the truth. So we all are entitled to our own opinion.
How is he mentally right now?
You see he’s acting out on Instagram. How he chooses to deal with his stuff is how he chooses to. How I choose to deal with mine is different. I’m hurt too. I decided to write a book called “How To Lose A Husband.”
Would you like to reconcile?
I would love to work things out with my husband because here’s the thing Wendy, a lot of people get married and when things go wrong they give up on their marriage. You make a vow, it’s for better or for worse.
Did his appearing on Tiny and Toya affect his position at Sony?
Absolutely. I just feel like they didn’t accept him in a tv world. They were looking at him like, you’re more of a behind the scenes type of guy now you’re “mister tv man.” In that world, the tv industry, reality that is, is not really respected.
Memphitz asking Toya to join “Love and Hip Hop Atlanta”
Mona Scott Young asked Memphitz and I to join the show. And to me, that’s not something that I want to be a part of. And I didn’t feel that was the right thing to do for my marriage. We were newlyweds. To go on a show to go back and forth with your ex…I was like ‘No. You go on the show. I’m not going on the show.’
After Wendy and Toya had time to talk all of their grown women talk, she called Reginae out to chat about her recent birthday party, the drama between Birdman and Wayne and her future plans.
The best part was getting my car because I love driving. My security…he’s been teaching me how to drive since I was 14 years old.
I home-school now. This is my first year of homeschooling, so up to ninth grade.
Wayne and Birdman
With me, I love them both and that’s business. My loyalty belongs to my father, anything that he goes through. I love my father and I love my godfather. When my father was in jail, my godfather, he took care of me. So I love them both and I’m praying that they get through whatever they have…
Why Memphitz wasn’t in the show
Toya: He was at her Super Sweet Sixteen. They cut him out of the special, I guess because of what is going on. But he plays a very important role in her life.
Are you going to college or are you going into the industry?
I’m going to, of course, go to college still. But I am going to sing and rap. But right now, with the label goring through what they’re going through I’m on hold as well as my father.
Why did you leave the OMGirlz?
It was business . With the different labels and who to sign with…it was just a business thing.
In regard to Mickey “MempHitz” Wright and Toya Wright’s marital issues, the cat is out of the bag and chilling on Front Street. Both parties have been more than willing to share their side of the story. In case you’re in need of a quick refresher, Toya credits her husband’s alleged mental and emotional breakdown for their separation, while Mickey blames his wife for his failing career.
While promoting her daughter Reginae’s “Super Sweet Sixteen” special on MTV, Wright continued to discuss her faltering marriage and she insisted that her husband’s troubled past has everything to do with his professional failures, not her or their relationship.
“I just feel like I’m not the blame for that. Those things were happening before he met me,” she told The YBF. “Yes, he did lose his job. But I don’t feel like it’s my fault. Things happen. Maybe you made a few bad decisions in the past but I’m not the fault for it.”
Although she continued to express that she believes his frustrations are misguided, she said that she will continue to support him through this difficult time.
“I took a vow for better or worse and a lot of people don’t understand that who aren’t married,” Wright explained. “Maybe your husband feels like you’re the reason that this [situation] happened. Maybe he’s going through something. All you can continue to do is be a good person and pray for him and help him get through it or whatever.”
And while she did admit that she feels her husband turned his back on their marriage, she said that she will not be doing the same.
“I’m not gonna give up on the situation. I’m here for him and I’ll continue to be a supportive wife,” she continued, “I feel like he thinks he’s in my shadow and he’s gotta get his life back. You gotta do what you gotta do.”
As for Memph’s ex, K. Michelle, who remains at the center of his legal problems, Toya had this to say:
“I have nothing against K Michelle. I’m happy for her and all her success. And when I speak on the situation, it’s from the character I know of my husband. And people don’t know him. They only know her side of the story because she has a larger platform. What people don’t realize is that there’s always three sides to a story.”
Toya also made it clear that neither abuse nor infidelity ever occurred in their relationship. While we would honestly suggest that these two express their grievances with one another to a marriage counselor as opposed to the general public, perhaps the simple act of getting things out in the open will help in some way—even if that means letting the world in on all of your business. It certainly seemed to help her friend Tiny when she and her husband, T.I., were going through their stuff last summer.
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“I Was Just Trying To Keep it Real”: K Michelle Says She Tried To Warn Toya Wright That Memphitz Was A “Grown A** Boy”
As Toya Wright continues to try and make sense of everything going on in her strained marriage, K Michelle has started her “My Twisted Mind Tour,” and is celebrating all the success she has been having in her career. During a show in Baltimore yesterday, the singer took a second to warn her fans about “grown a** boys” posing as grown a** men–and that includes Memphitz. K used this time to remind everyone that the same guy she that she claimed had mistreated and even abused her, is the same one that Toya Wright is going through hell and high water with right now. And by telling her story about all that she went through with Memphitz years ago, K was, in essence, trying to “keep it real” and warn other women about him–including Toya. Check out what she had to say to the packed house:
“Every day he’s a different, crazy a** dude. These are the signs of a grown a** boy. Better run for the hills! Toya I was just trying to muthf**kin’ keep it real!”
Back in 2012, when we first met K Michelle and heard her allegations against Memphitz (she never said his name on TV, but people eventually connected him to K and called him out as her alleged abuser), Toya Wright was not here for anything she had to say.
“I love my husband. It does not matter what you say, I’m not leaving him. Show me the proof. That’s what I wanna see. If you can show me where he beat you. If you can show me the police reports. If you can show me the emails, the messages. If you can show me where he stole your money. You have all these false allegations, but no proof. Show everybody.”
Who knew that almost three year later, things would have turned out like this…?