During Monday night’s episode of Love and Hip Hop Atlanta, fans obtained some insight into why Erica Dixon and Scrappy don’t have a good co-parenting relationship for the sake of their daughter, Emani.
As the episode began, a heavily pregnant Erica sat down with her mom, Mignon, and Scrappy’s mother, Momma Dee, whom she’s cultivated quite the positive relationship with after years of strife.
“Hopefully, one day me and your son can get there,” she said to her.
According to Erica, she and Scrappy used to speak to one another and got along okay, but she claims that once Bambi became a permanent fixture in his life, verbal communication started to wane.
“Scrappy and I only communicate via text message,” she said in a confessional. “Before, if Bambi wasn’t around, you wanted to hold a conversation and talk. And then all of a sudden when she’s around, you don’t want to speak. You don’t want to say nothing. Eventually, that turned into no communication, period. Everybody needs to be able to communicate with each other for the better good of Emani.”
When asked by Momma Dee if she would be open to trying to sit down and talk to Bambi and Scrappy, she said she tried in the past.
“I reached out to Scrappy, too and I’m like, ‘Hey we all like need to have a conversation,'” she said. “He was like, ‘I asked her, and she was like, she don’t think we need to sit down and talk to you.’ I was like, OK.”
Despite Bambi’s decision to not speak with her, Erica believes the real issue is her child’s father.
“I think it has a lot to do with Scrappy.”
Later on in the episode, Mama Dee went to the home of Scrappy and “The Bam” as she calls Bambi, to check on them and address their issue with Erica. However, Scrappy, nor Bambi was necessarily open to changing anything about it.
“If mom wants to be friends with Erica, that’s great, but over here, with me and Bam? Man, we’re straight,” he said in his confessional. “There’s nothing that I have to say to Erica. There’s nothing that she has to say to me. I pay the State, the State pay her. What else do you need?”
That, in Scrappy’s way of looking at things, is co-parenting.
“That’s Emani mom and I just try to take care of my daughter man,” he said.
Bambi didn’t say much during the scene, but she agreed that where they all stand is where they should continue to stand.
“The situation that is currently in place works for everybody,” she said.
We’re hopeful that everyone involved in Emani’s life can get on one accord for her sake, because she’s surely watching the lack of harmony between all of them. Though Bambi can take some of the blame for not encouraging a healthy relationship between her husband and the mother of his child, it’s really on Scrappy to do the right thing. Not to mention, based on that “State” payment comment, it’s clear that he needs to get over his anger over the fact that Erica put him on child support a few years back — that would be a good start.
People on Twitter who watched the episode had plenty to say about the co-parenting dysfunction. Hit the flip to check out their responses: