Today is Erica Mena‘s 32nd birthday, and the reality star went into the day reflecting on how far she’s come in just a year.
The Love and Hip Hop vet took to Twitter to say that on her birthday last year, she was single and looking to find the one. A year later, she has found love with rapper and fellow Love and Hip Hop star Safaree Samuels, they wed last month, and now, the couple are preparing for the upcoming arrival of their first child together. Mena says it’s all a testament to not giving up on her faith in God and in true love.
“So much can happen in a year,” she wrote. “Last [sic] around this exact same time I was questioning why my personal life wasn’t where I always wanted it to be at 31 years of age. Now I’m turning 32 tomorrow married with a smart perfect son and a baby on the way. Gods [sic] timing! Trust in HIM.”
She also sent the message that if you believe you are deserving of real love, it will come, because “We all have our own real life fairytale.”
All that being said, Mena and Samuels’ relationship hasn’t been perfect. Just this past summer he apologized publicly to her for being caught sending inappropriate messages to his ex, including claims that he wasn’t going to marry Mena despite their engagement. When the ex put them on blast, he took to Twitter to try and make things right.
“I apologize for any embarrassment I have brought to you for me being immature,” he wrote. “I apologize from the depth of my soul & heart.”
Still, the couple was able to move on from that situation and eventually made it down the aisle.
This birthday message isn’t the first time Mena has talked about the role faith played in her finding love.
“I’m getting a lot of you queen’s [sic] wanting to know what prayer I used,” she wrote on Instagram in January. “No lie my days were becoming longer than my nights. Praying all the time for everything I have now. But my prayers weren’t answered until I got rid of the devils work and really stepped up for everything I’m truly worth. Don’t question the timing — just understand that settling will be your down fall.”
“I was settling and really that almost ruined me,” she added. “Don’t be that girl! Stop settling for basic when you aren’t basic! Period! No prayer can be answered if you don’t know your worth.”
Mena was previously engaged to Shad “Bow Wow” Moss, and has a son named King from a past relationship with Raul Conde. Samuels, of course, is best known for being the former longtime boyfriend of rapper Nicki Minaj.