It can be hard to sustain a relationship under good circumstances, but it’s even harder when your mate is behind bars. Not for these women who stayed with their men through incarceration, though. They decided jail/prison wasn’t a deal-breaker and stayed with their men while they were locked up.
For well over a year Yandy Smith rode hard for her man, Mendecees Harris, when he was locked up on charges of drug-trafficking. The love story played out on the popular franchise Love and Hip Hop, and just recently Yandy dropped a solid $200,000 to bail Mendecees out of jail. Talk about ride or die.
Tiny and T.I. married back in 2010. That same year T.I. served 11 months in federal prison for a U.S. federal weapons charge. T. I.’s release was highlighted on their popular reality show Tiny and T.I.: A Family Hustle. Previously, in 2009, T.I. served a year and a day for another weapons charge. Tiny never went anywhere.
Though her relationship with Chris Brown has not always been received well by the public, Karreuche has not left Chris’ side while he serves time for assault and violation of probation — even after claiming their relationship was over.
Debra was married to Robert Downey Jr. during the time he was severely addiction to heroin and cocaine. In 1999, Downey Served one year of a three-year sentence at the California Substance Abuse Treatment Facility and State Prison. The couple divorced in 2004.
Atkins has been married to rapper Ja Rule since 2001. In 2011, Ja Rule served 28 months for possession of a weapon and tax evasion and yet they’re still very much together.
In 2003, Park married actor Wesley Snipes. In 2010, snipes was charged with tax evasion and served three years in federal prison. The couple is still married.
Rodriguez married superstar James Brown in 1984, four years before he was sentenced to six years for leading cops on a high speed car chase, carrying an unlicensed pistol, assaulting a police officer, and other driving and drugs chargers. His six year sentence was cut down to three years.
Ron Isley and Kandy Johnson married in 2005. The year before, Isley was sentenced to three years and a one month for tax evasion. Isley was released from prison in 2010. Kandy is 35 years younger than older jail bird.
Henrietta married controversial Don King in 1959. In 1966, Don King served three and a half years for stomping his employee, Sam Garrett, to death. King’s crime was later pardoned in 1983.
Winnie Mandela married anti-apartheid revolutionary Nelson Mandela in 1958. Nelson and Wendy were married for 38 years and for 27 years of those Nelson Mandela was imprisoned for sabotage and conspiracy to violently overthrow the government.