Every Monday night, audiences across the country are hypnotized by the drama that thrives off VH1’s Love & Hip-Hop Atlanta. From Scrappy’s parking lot throwdown with Stevie J., to Karlie’s table-shaking incident with K. Michelle, the primetime docu-drama continues to whet the interests of hip-hop lovers not because of its ties to the culture, but because of its perpetual displays of pure “ratchetness.” But while the complex relationships of Erica, Scrappy, Karlie and Benzino continue to heat up, nothing compares to the ongoing saga between Mimi and Stevie J.
Stevie J may be known for his Notorious B.I.G. and Puffy-produced tracks from the ’90s, but it’s his prevaricating tongue and unwarranted facial expressions that seem to be making headlines these days. From lies surrounding his ongoing affair with Joseline Rodriguez to his on-again-off-again girlfriend driving over his Gucci and Versace apparel, EBONY.com caught up with the Atlanta couple to get the truth about their relationship. It’s clear there’re two sides to every story.
WHAT SHE SAID:
EBONY: Did you know everything that you were getting into when you agreed to do the show?
Mimi: No, absolutely not. We don’t know anything. That’s the element of surprise. That’s the mystique of the show. It is reality TV, so you’re not told anything. We go to set, and once we’re on the set they say this is what the scene is about and hop at it.
EBONY: So let’s jump into the drama. Two weeks ago, you dropped off Stevie J’s clothes in a driveway and decided to drive over them. What was going through your head when you did that?
Mimi: I was just fed up with him at that point. Some people [said], “All you had were three boxes?” Well, let me clear that up. I had tons of boxes. Just for the scene, I would have to have movers come with me to bring the stuff. There was way more than three boxes. Let’s be clear on that.
EBONY: What about Joseline and the pregnancy. When you first found out, was it over the phone or was it in-person, at the restaurant, and what was your initial reaction?
Mimi: When I sat down at the restaurant. If you look closely, you see me swallow very hard. If you look back [at the episode], I swallowed like I swallowed a damn golf ball or something.
EBONY: Was it Joseline’s idea to have Stevie J meet the two of you, and did you know he was coming?
Mimi is my world. I love her. She has my daughter. That’s my best friend. We’ve been friends going on 16 [years] now. I wouldn’t ever let that diminish or subside.
Mimi: That was my idea. They were texting each other back and forth. I told her, “Since you’re going back and forth with him, tell him to come down here.” I was trying to figure out why she’s telling me.
EBONY: After you find out—according to the show—Stevie walked through the doors with the pregnancy test in his pocket. Your face said everything at that point.
Mimi: Well, I didn’t know it was in his pocket until he pulled it out and started tapping it on the table. I was like, ‘Who does that? How long had it been in his pocket? Who carries around a pregnancy test?’ I couldn’t wrap my mind around why the hell this man would be carrying around a pregnancy test.
EBONY: Fans have pretty much labeled this the “abortion episode,” for obvious reasons. Your first time watching the episode, what went through your head seeing Joseline say, “Do you love me Stevie?”
Mimi: It makes me sick to my stomach, because I don’t know what they tape or what they tape when they tape. So to see this, watching this along with the rest of the world and having to listen to everyone’s opinion and their judgments about it. I mean… It’s sickening. I don’t even have another word for it.
EBONY: So what is your relationship with Joseline now? Do you two speak?
Mimi: [Laughs] I have not seen Joseline. Where would I possibly ever see Joseline? If I did see Joseline, I doubt that we would speak about it. Speak to each other for what? Why?
EBONY: What about you and Stevie? What’s your current relationship?
Mimi: We have a daughter. We’re cordial.
EBONY: Okay, understood? So why wait so long to leave to him? It seems like fans have commented on you being such a strong woman, but this man comes off as your kryptonite.
Mimi: I did not see everything everyone else was seeing. All this stuff you guys are seeing in our world…you think he showed me this? Of course not! Everybody thinks, ‘Oh, why would [she] stay?’ I didn’t know. He’s a liar. If I knew all this was going on, you think I be sitting there like, “Oh, this is cool. I’m with this.” Nah.
EBONY: Since you know him best, what is going on with all the facial expressions Stevie makes on the show? He tries to do this LL