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Tonight, When Love Kills: The Falicia Blakely Story, will debut on TV One. The true story details the tragic life of Blakely, a teen mom who becomes an exotic dancer and gets caught up in a life of crime when she attracts the attention of a local pimp and predator named Dino. Tasha Smith directed the made-for-TV movie and during a screening for the film over the weekend she talked about the importance of women not compromising themselves for the love of a man.
Asked by Baller Alert what advice she’d give young women who might be involved in abusive relationships, Smith said:
“Love yourself more than you love the opportunity to compromise your future, your purpose just for the love of a man. Love yourself; love God; and be patient.”
In a follow up question, Smith was then asked what’s the craziest thing love ever made her do and before the correspondent could even finish the question, the 46-year-old said, without hesitation, “Get married.” And then she walked off, “On that note.”
Smith’s answer isn’t all that surprising considering she successfully got her five-year marriage to former manager Keith Douglas annulled in 2015 on the basis of fraud. “As it turns out, Douglas kept a lot about himself a secret for quite some time during their relationship,” we reported at the time. “For instance, the fact that he led her to believe that he was a preacher and man of faith with a good moral compass, as Smith is strong in her faith. Instead, he had not only been married five times before he asked for her hand, but he also hid the number of kids he really has, a past criminal record and years of failing to pay taxes under his belt. How many years you ask? Nearly a decade.”
When we talked to Smith earlier that same year in the midst of what were then divorce proceedings, she told us she had 99 problems but a man wasn’t one.
“Honey, I’m happy. I am happy, and you know all things work together for the good. Everything is divine, and I’m so grateful that I discovered the things that I discovered so that I could have my life back. I’m very grateful and I’m very happy. “
Two years later, it looks like Smith took her own advice and stopped letting her purpose be compromised by a man with ill intentions.