TV host Jeannie Mai’s mother has been living with her since “The Real” star divorced her husband, Freddy Harteis, and she’s showing no sign of moving out.
On one hand, that’s a good thing for Mai who actually enjoyed being around her mom.
“She has so much light in her life and she’s super explosive with her personality. She’s unapologetic. She’s loving of everybody around her and she checks you when your a** needs to be checked. So my mom really taught me to be fearless and I love her. She’s just so much fun! She is completely the reason why I am a personality and a success to myself today,” Jeannie said in an interview with Entertainment Tonight.
But being so close can get really annoying when it comes to the 40-year-old’s dating life.
“It’s horrible dating with Mama Mai! She is nosy. When I was a kid she would be the first one eavesdropping on my phone calls: ‘Hello? Who you call for? Huh?’ Still today, every time my phone goes off, we dive for it and lose nails ’cause she’s the one looking to see who I’m dating.”
Despite there being some awkward and annoying moments, Mai’s relationship with her mom is something she deeply cherishes.
“She’s there for life, but even though it’s hard to date with my mom around, I’m so thankful for it because the person who can’t take Mama Mai is not the person to take me. [You know] what I’m saying? Like, in Asian culture, you have to be down with the family. You have to be down with all the crazy traditional or non-traditional things we do. So Mama Mai keeps me grounded and reminds every bro out there, like, if you can’t take this, you can’t take this,” Jeannie explained.