Monica Brown is a singer, wife, mother and now, a reality TV star thanks to her appearances on T.I. & Tiny: Friends & Family Hustle. But what you may not have known (we certainly didn’t) is that when she’s not on stage performing, spending time with her family or filming the show with her famous friends, she is a mortician. At least, that’s what she claims in the sneak peek of this week’s new episode of the hit VH1 show.
In clips from Monday night’s episode, the 38-year-old is seen helping to prop up a pillow in a funeral home and speaking with another mortician.
“When I’m there, I’m not Monica the artist,” she said. “I’m a mortician.”
Crazy, right? But not necessarily unique. We all know that fellow Georgia native Phaedra Parks also started delving in death before she was booted from Real Housewives of Atlanta. She’s even reportedly done a few celebrity funerals.
As for Brown, back in 2014, after posting a picture of herself in scrubs, it was speculated that she was studying nursing. She actually gave a possible hint to the idea that she might be studying mortuary science while talking about offering “closure for families after the unfortunate loss of loved ones” while clarifying that she was not doing nursing.
“I have a GREAT respect for nurses. They tirelessly give of themselves to help others,” she wrote on Twitter. “I didn’t speak on my field but we to [sic] must wear scrubs. I’ve always loved forensics, we focus on answers & closure for families after the unfortunate loss of loved ones.”
“I’m in school and studying,” she said at the time about juggling family responsibilities with furthering her education. “Just different field & yes it’s difficult but w/ God & family support I do it.”
We’ll have to tune in to Monday night’s episode to understand fully what the “So Gone” singer is really up to outside of music. But she’s not alone in having a side hustle that is far from the type of work she does in the entertainment industry. Hit the flip to check out 9 other women turning hobbies they are passionate about into opportunities to make some mean green.