The Simmons family is a tightknit clan that just keeps on growing now that Vanessa and her sister Angela have become mothers themselves. When tragedy strikes, it can sometimes divide a family, but when it comes to the accusations of sexual misconduct that Russell Simmons has been facing, niece Vanessa says the family has bonded together more than ever.

“It’s never easy to have issues in the public eye,” the 34-year-old actress told us. “And when it’s your family it’s kind of hard to see people on social media tearing that apart or picking at it so it just kind of makes us come closer together and support each other,” she added.

Support is also needed for Vanessa who is starring in the drama series, Monogamy, alongside Jill Marie Jones on UMC right now. Check out what Vanessa had to say about that subject, motherhood, and more in this episode of Spin & Spill The Tea.

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