In the urban world, the name Mimi Faust is almost synonymous with a weak woman who allows her man to walk all over her. In June of 2012, the world was introduced to Mimi Faust, the mother of producer Stevie J’s youngest daughter, through VH1’s reality show, “Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta”. What most immediately recognized about Mimi, was her willingness to allow her daughter’s father to walk in and out of her life as he wished, despite the fact that he was blatantly unfaithful with other women, including his artist, Joseline Hernandez. During the entire first season, we watched a teary-eyed Mimi take Stevie back time after time and attempt to work things out with him, despite horrendous offenses committed by him, such as getting another woman pregnant. In the March issue of Sister 2 Sister, Mimi opens up about those experiences, what she’s learned and insists that the public’s perception of her is all wrong.
On what she’s learned from her experience with Stevie J:
“I think the biggest lesson would be, when you see the signs, don’t ignore them. Because the signs in your gut will never steer you wrong. A lot of times when I saw the signs and felt something, I would ignore it.”
On which signs she used to ignore:
“When I knew he was lying to me and I just accepted what he said, for one. Things like that.”
On why she turned a blind-eye to Stevie’s countless filthy deeds:
“I think I was just really trying to make our family work.”
On being perceived as weak:
“I’m very strong. It’s so crazy how I’ve ben painted in the media, like I’m weak or whatever. I’m not weak by any means. I’ve been on my own since I was 13 years old. I’ve always worked. I’m nobody’s weak anything.”
What do you think of Mimi blaming the media for portraying her as weak?
Check out her full interview in the March issue of Sister 2 Sister.
Jazmine Denise is a news writer for Madame Noire. Follow her on Twitter @jazminedenise