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A couple of months ago, rumors spread that Sheree Whitfield was dating a man who was serving time in prison. Almost as soon as they hit the internet, Sheree stepped forward to say that the man they were discussing was her not her boyfriend but just a friend. But months later, it seems that Sheree is changing her tune.
She eventually acknowledged that her man, Tyrone Gilliams is doing time in jail for a white-collar crime, security wire fraud. She told Wendy Williams that he should be free very soon. She acknowledged that the two dated six years ago but lost touch and reunited when Gilliams was in prison.
During a recent sit down with Essence Now, Sheree confirmed that homeboy is more than just a friend. In fact, let her tell it, she’s quite smitten with him.
Are you in love right now?
I’m enjoying life. I am happy.
Is there someone who’s making you happy, someone who’s bringing that glow in?
He may be a little responsible for it but I like to say it’s my makeup artist in the back. Just kidding. I got someone who is my best friend. I can talk to him about anything. He supports me. He’s a good guy.
He’s a good guy even though he is incarcerated…
Everyone makes mistakes. And I’m not saying he made a mistake because he is still proclaiming his innocence and his legal team has filed motions to deal with that as well but I’m saying no one’s perfect so I’m not here to judge him or anyone else.
It’s got to add an extra layer of difficulty to maintain that relationship with someone who is in prison. How do you maintain that bond?
Oh the bond is even stronger. This is probably the strongest bond I’ve ever had with anyone. You got to think about it, we have nothing but time to talk and get to know one another. A lot of my other relationships, we didn’t communicate. It was more physical. So you take the physicality out–and with me, I like to be stimulated on a deeper level.
Were you hesitant to get into the relationship, looking at what Phaedra went through?
Absolutely. Not really what Phaedra went through but it’s just new for me. It’s something unique. I’ve not dated someone incarcerated before, so it was definitely new for me. And it’s not easy to penetrate this here. So it takes time. But we’ve put that time in. It’s been almost two years. We’ve been talking.
What qualities do you love about him?
I love his faith walk. He’s very spiritual, he’s family oriented, which is huge with me. He’s a great communicator, he’s very supportive. I can go on and on. He is a really good guy.
With Tyrone, are you open to getting married again?
I am so open to marriage. I love the idea or the institution of marriage. Absolutely.
What do you think the biggest lesson you’ve learned from your previous marriage?
Communication. Communication is key. You have to talk. I think that’s the number one thing. You have to share, you have to be open and compromise.
You can watch Sheree’s full interview in the video below.