Last summer, Pepa shared that she was in a new relationship with actor and singer Aundre Dean. But before we could even commit this new man’s name to memory, there was already scandal associated with the couple.
Dean, according to his wife, Jordyn Taylor, left her for Pepa when she was pregnant with their second child, a daughter. When Taylor made her claims, Pepa didn’t come out in the best light. Taylor said that Dean worked for Pepa and even had the audacity to ask her to be his child’s godmother before he ended up leaving her for the rapper.
In her divorce proceedings, Taylor named Pepa specifically for the role she played in the dissolution of their marriage.
“He abandoned me and our one-year-old son and cheated on me with another woman. He has not paid any support and I am the victim of domestic violence, and there is currently a TRO (temporary restraining order) in place.”
She continued, “I can’t explain Aundre’s erratic behavior. I believe this is just another stunt for his reality show. His girlfriend, Pepa, from the old hip hop group Salt n Pepa – have decided to make their relationship public on social media and on their reality show ‘Growing Up Hip Hop,’ which has caused some public black-lash [sic], as Aundre is still legally married with a pregnant wife. He has destroyed me and my family on social media and TV. I have been publicly humiliated at my home, work and school.”
When all of this was going down, Pepa was pretty quiet about all of it. She only spoke out to say she would address it in the by and by and that she was innocent in all of this. And now that WE tv’s “Growing Up Hip Hop” is airing, she’s doing just that. In an interesting turn of events, Pepa’s portraying herself as the victim in all of this.
“This Dre and me situation has gotten so crazy in, not only my personal life but in my business life with Salt n Pepa as a whole. Jimmy, my manager, called me and said, ‘Look Pep, one of the deals on the table got pulled.’ And I’m like to him, ‘What are you talking about? I didn’t do nothing wrong.’ He’s like, ‘It don’t matter. At this point, the deals are coming off the table.’ He’s telling me, basically, I need to take a break from Dre totally. Break up or the brand, which one I want to choose.”
Then in her confessional, she recounts the whole situation, finally sharing her side of the story.
“Dre Baby Momma posted that I was stealing a married man. And the media ran with it. With all this negative press, it already cost Salt n Pepa a six-figure commercial deal but he was separated already. Trust me, y’all.”
Then, back on the couch with her friend, Pepa makes some very interesting claims about Dre’s estranged wife.
“They filed for divorce. He had his own apartment. But they were saying in the old apartment when they were together, you got to get out. She’s pregnant. She can’t pay! What do I do, I paid for her apartment. I got the lease. I got everything. I got text messages from her.”
Now, that’s hard to believe. But if the documents exist, she’ll have to come up off of those eventually.
What do you make of Pepa’s side of the story?
You can watch the video of the whole thing in the video below.