‘We’re Not Women Who Were Married To Men That Nobody Knew:’ Andrea Kelly On ‘Hollywood Exes’ vs. ‘Basketball Wives’
We’re living in a day and age where marrying, dating or even sleeping with a celebrity (and I use that term very loosely) almost guarantees a spot on a reality show. There’s Basketball Wives, Football Wives, Baseball Wives, Married to Medicine, Love & Hip Hop and of course, Hollywood Exes. Ex-wife of legendary R&B crooner R.Kelly and Hollywood Exes star, Andrea Kelly, however, wants the world to know that there’s a huge difference between her show and other VH1 programs like Basketball Wives. The businesswoman and mommy of three recently opened up to Mara The Hip Hop Socialite and Fusion Magazine about exactly what that difference is, her newest cast member Shamicka Lawrence and hew new book, Under the Red Carpet: My Life as R.Kelly’s Wife. Take a peek at some of the highlights from their chat below.
On Hollywood Exes vs. Basketball Wives and Love & Hip Hop:
“Not to take anything from anyone else on VH1, because again, they’re a part of my television family, but you’re talking about a different group of women. So you’re not talking about somebody who has never been exposed to the life of celebrity, who’s never been exposed to a Maybach or a Lamborghini, never been exposed to red bottoms, so you’re going to act a little differently when you’re accustomed to a certain lifestyle. So for us, we are representing a legacy. We’re not talking about women who were married to men that nobody knew. We’re talking about the king of R&B, we’re talking about Prince, we’re talking about the king of comedy, we’re talking about Eddie Murphy here. So you really can’t even compare the two, so to say we would act a certain way because our counterparts do, you would have to step back from that and go but you know what? Just like music has different genres, VH1 and these reality series have a different genre. I would like to say that we’re coming from a level of royalty because we have been with men that were such big icons. But again, our show is not about those men, what they did, and why they divorced us, it’s about why they married us in the first place, because we are classy, because we are educated, so that’s what we show.”
On Martin Lawrence’s ex-wife, Shamicka Lawrence joining the cast:
“I think when you come into a sisterhood like this, you have to know that it’s not a situation where ‘oh, let’s just find somebody.’ She was friends with Nicole and friends with Sheree, so it’s like her coming on the show, it wasn’t like ‘oh, who do we put in this place. She naturally fit in because everybody knew her. I naturally fell in love with her, because her middle name is Sha’ron honey. So Ms. Shamicka is like this sweet kindergarten teacher, but baby, let Shamicka Sha’ron come on the scene. I’m like, ‘okay, you got a little south side girl in you.’ So she’s really, really good people, so of course she had no problem coming into the sisterhood.”“Oh yes ma’am, I told you she will give you Shamicka Sha’ron in a minute honey! Yes she will. Don’t play with her; do not let the pretty hair fool you. She will get you right together. That’s what I love about her. She’s not about conflict, but at the same time, pretty don’t mean punk. You not going to punk me and disrespect me, and that’s what I love about her. But at the same time, she knows how to come where she’s not being disrespectful either. And that’s how I am with the rest of my girls, and that’s how my girls are with me, so she was like a perfect fit.”